It has long since become routine when Bill Goodwin of Goodwin and Co. rolls out pristine vintage cards for an auction, but his October 4 sale has some amazing cards of a decidedly different description. The veteran dealer turned up a find of autographed index cards that came from the estate of a collector who started compiling the collection in the 1930s.
"There about 100 lots of really unique autographs," Goodwin said. "When I turned these into PSA/DNA, they went nuts over how strong the signatures were." The printed cards feature spaces for neatly typed name, place, date, the signature and a serial number, and the roster includes legendary politicians and radio and television personalities, often with signatures graded 8s, 9s and 10s by PSA/DNA.
While Goodwin will certainly get a lot of mileage out of a Roberto Clemente 1969-72 H&B game-used bat ($2,000), as always, cardboard rules at a Goodwin sale, this time with hundreds of lots of high-grade Old Judges, T205's, T206's, Caramel cards and Goudeys, in addition to spectacular star runs of vintage Topps and the breakup of a 1956 Topps Baseball set entirely graded PSA 8.
Some of the 19th century and early tobacco highlights include: an 1887 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Mike Kelly SGC 60 ($1,000) and an 1887 Old Judge Kelly SGC 80 ($800); 1886 N167 Old Judge Joe Gerhardt SGC 30 ($1,000); T205 Gold Borders of Tris Speaker PSA 8 ($1,500) and Cy Young PSA 7 ($1,000); 1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobbs, including the Portrait Red Background PSA 8 ($1,500), Portrait Green Background PSA 5 ($800); T206 Addie Joss Hands at Chest PSA 9 ($1,000); T206 John McGraw Finger in Air PSA 8 ($600); T206 Hugie Jennings Portrait PSA 8 ($600); T206 Eddie Plank PSA 3 ($1,000); and T206 Ray Demmitt St. Louis SGC 40 ($500). There also are dozens of lots of high-grade Obaks, American Caramels and T202 Triple Folders.
An imposing Goudey lineup includes 1933 treasures like Babe Ruth No. 149, SGC 80 ($800); Joe Cronin, PSA 9 ($1,200); Mel Ott, PSA 8 ($400); Hack Wilson, PSA 8 ($500); Lou Gehrig No. 160; Bill Terry, PSA 8 ($400); and Jimmie Foxx, PSA 7. Other Depression era headliners: 1933 Tatoo Orbit Foxx, PSA 7; 1934 Goudey Foxx, PSA 6; a 1936 R322 Goudey set entirely PSA graded ($500); and a 1941 Goudey, also entirely PSA graded ($500); plus dozens of other Goudey stars and commons from all years.
Mickey Mantle sits atop the marquee of the vintage Topps and Bowman high-grade star card runs, with an amazing grouping of (22) PSA 8's, starting with 1953 Topps and including many of the the specials and All-Star cards; plus there are similar groupings for Ernie Banks (17 cards, including his 1954 Topps rookie, PSA 8's and 9's), Clemente (15 cards, including his 1955 Topps rookie, $2,000), Willie Mays, Henry Aaron and Sandy Koufax, including the tough 1961 Bell Brand in PSA 9 ($1,000).
In addition to the breakup of the all-PSA 8 Topps Baseball set from 1956, there are dozens of complete sets from the 1950s and 1960s, plus Goodwin's tradition impressive array of tough regionals, inserts, test issues and unopened material, and even a number of Sadaharu Oh Japanese cards, including his 1959 rookie (Gold Border variation, PSA 8, $400); 1962 Menko, PSA 8; and 1962 Menko Bat on Right, PSA 8; plus a 1950 Menko Babe Ruth in PSA 9.
For more information or to register to bid, go to www.goodwinandco.com, or call (314) 849-9798. The complete auction catalog will be inserted in the October 6 issue of Sports Collectors Digest.