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LOTG Auction Features Stellar Cracker Jack Mathewson and the Fastest Baseballs Ever Thrown

Al Crisafulli has a new lineup of goodies on sales, and collectors of high-grade vintage cards, baseball memorabilia, card sets and signed items will have the pick of the litter in the auction that ends May 31.

Love of the Game Auctions Spring, 2014 auction is now open for bidding. The auction closing date is May 31. The sale features sports and non-sports cards and memorabilia from the late 19th century to the present, highlighted by a rare and valuable 1914 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson; an extremely rare 1924-25 Aguilitas Segundas card of Negro Leagues Hall of Famer “Pop” Lloyd; a PSA-graded ticket stub from Ty Cobb’s final game and an attractive run of complete and near sets from 1952-62.

“We’re thrilled with the selection in this auction,” said Auction Director Al Crisafulli. “By increasing our growing list of consignors, we’ve been able to expand the number of lots to 660 without sacrificing quality. This auction has an excellent blend of cards and quality memorabilia, both prewar and postwar vintage. We’ve added significantly to our autograph selection, and we’ve seen a tremendous increase in our postwar cards sections.”

LOTG Spring 2014 1906 Lincoln PlankWEB

A key highlight of the Spring auction is a pair of baseballs that are the fastest baseballs ever thrown. These baseballs originated from the famed Barry Halper collection, and include the ball thrown by Bob Feller in a 1946 exhibition to set the record for the fastest pitch ever thrown (98.6 mph), and the ball thrown by Nolan Ryan in 1974 to break that record at 100.8 mph. Using the “Fifty Foot Equivalent” calculation used to standardize all the different pitch clocking measurements used over the years, these balls were thrown at the equivalent of 108.1 and 107.6 mph, respectively, making them the fastest baseballs ever thrown.

Also included in the auction are a number of ticket stubs, passes and programs from important games throughout history, including Ty Cobb’s final game, the 1909 World Series, Gil Hodges’ four home run game, Roy Campanella Night, Stan Musial’s final game, both Mickey Mantle Day’s (in 1965 and 1969), each of Sandy Koufax’ 20th wins, the first night game at Wrigley Field, a Jackie Robinson college football game, the day of Chuck Bednarik’s vicious hit on Frank Gifford, and more.

Rare Card Types
The auction is also ripe with rare and valuable card types that are seldom seen in the hobby. Among the most rare are a 1911 Jones Keyser & Arras cabinet of Hall of Famer Zach Wheat, a tough 1911 Zeenut PCL card of Buck Weaver, a 1914 E224 Texas Tommy James Archer, and a rare 1906 Lincoln Publishing postcard of Hall of Fame pitcher Eddie Plank.

LOTG Spring 2014 1914 CJ MattyWEB

Other card types represented in the auction include 1907-09 Novelty Cutlery Postcards, 1910 E90-3 American Caramel, a gorgeous 1910 E105 Mello-Mint Nap Lajoie, a 1911 D304 Butter Krust Ty Cobb, and a trio of rare 1912 E270 Colgan’s Red Border Hall of Famers in Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance. The parade continues with a 1913 Oakland Oaks Team Issue of Ody Abbott, a previously uncatalogued 1913-15 Pinkerton blank back Christy Mathewson, a 1916 D382 Fleischman Smoky Joe Wood, a gorgeous 1922 W503 George Sisler, a 1927 E126 American Caramel Walter Johnson, and many, many more.

High-End T206 Cards
A large group of T206 cards, spread across 101 different lots. The auction contains a large assortment of Hall of Famers, high-grade commons, Southern Leaguers, rare backs, print anomalies and shoebox lots.

1914 Cracker Jack
The 1914 Cracker Jack issue is also well-represented, including examples of the issue’s key card, of Christy Mathewson, the rare and valuable #93 Del Pratt, an attractive, collector grade example of #30 Ty Cobb, and an attractive assortment of other Hall of Famers from the set.

19th Century Baseball Cards
The Spring auction contains an outstanding selection of 19th Century cards, including N172 Old Judges of Hall of Famers Buck Ewing, Tim Keefe, Jim O’Rourke, Hoss Radbourn, Sam Thompson, and Mickey Welch, along with a tough N300 Mayo’s Cut Plug of Sliding Billy Hamilton.

LOTG Spring 2014 Auilitas LloydWEB

Vintage Cabinet Photos
The auction also contains a diverse selection of rare studio cabinet photos and cabinet cards, featuring both amateur and major league players. Interesting and possibly unique studio cabinets of Pittsburgh Pirates players Monte Cross and Pink Hawley are featured in the sale, as well as a gorgeous W600 Sporting Life cabinet of Hall of Famer Willie Keeler. College teams are also represented, with an attractive and interesting photo of the 1889 Intercollegiate League teams as well as an early 1900s photo of the Roanoke University team.

Complete Sets
Featured in the auction is a beautiful, collector-grade run of complete and near sets, including 1952 Bowman, 1954 Bowman, 1954 Red Man Tobacco, 1954 Topps, 1955 Bowman, 1955 Topps, 1956 Topps, and more sets and large collections of both baseball and football.

Football Cards
A large run of both PSA and SGC-graded high-grade 1951 Topps Magic football cards is included in the auction, featuring 14 cards that are either the highest-graded or among the highest-graded examples in existence. Also included is a difficult 1948 Leaf #1 Sid Luckman graded PSA NM 7, and small but high-grade groups of cards from the 1935 National Chicle and 1955 Bowman issues.

LOTG Spring 2014 1948 LuckmanWEB

The final date to bid in this auction is Saturday, May 31. To register for the auction and review the selection online, visit Love of the Game is in the process of assembling its Summer 2014 catalog auction, which will prove to be its biggest and most exciting auction yet. For more information, or to consign your valuable material, contact Love of the Game at or (973) 452-9147.