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Sotheby's/SCP tout 'New York City Find' of T206's

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In the wake of their highly successful inaugural Internet auction in this past May, Sotheby's/SCP Auctions will launch their second Internet auction, which will run from Nov. 14-30 at


The auction will feature more than 750 lots of important sports memorabilia and cards, with a diverse selection of material.

The card lineup includes 19th century, early tobacco cards, Goudeys, Play Balls, early Topps and Bowmans in sets, singles and group lots.

Highlighting the card offerings is what Sotheby's/SCP has dubbed "The New York City Find" of high-grade T206s. All 98 cards was recently discovered as part of a cache of T206s found together in New York City.

"The condition of the group is nothing short of extraordinary, having defied the typical ravages of admiring hands and adverse elements of nature," said SCP President David Kohler. All of the cards are graded by PSA and are being offered for the first time publicly. Significant high-grade Hall of Famers and "low pop" condition rarities abound.

Also featured in the sale is another recent discovery for PCL and type collectors: a group of 20 high-grade Obak T4 cabinet premiums will be offered on an individual basis, including a stellar example of the key, Buck Weaver. "The extreme scarcity of T4s is such that most large auctions rarely include a single specimen," Kohler continued. "Prior to the discovery of these 20 examples, there were only 61 different T4s that have been cataloged. Of this group of 20, nine are previously unknown, and will soon take the number of cataloged examples to 70."


Other prewar card highlights include:
? 1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb PSA 8
? 1916 M101-4 Gimbels Ruth Rookie PSA 5
? 1921 Frederick Foto Services Ruth SGC 10
? 1933 Goudey No. 92 Lou Gehrig PSA 9
? 1933 Goudey No. 106 Nap Lajoie PSA 9
? 1933 Goudey No. 144 Ruth PSA 8

Among the marquee lots from the postwar category is a 1948-49 Leaf Baseball graded near-set (98/100) that ranks No. 3 on PSA's Set Registry. Eighty-seven percent of the offered near-set is PSA graded 7 or better.


Other postwar card highlights:
? 1950 Bowman Jackie Robinson PSA 9
? 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie SGC 84
? 1952 Topps Mantle PSA 5
? 1957 Topps Ted Williams PSA 9
? 1957 Topps Mantle PSA 9
? 1962 Topps Sandy Koufax PSA 9
? 1974 Topps Deckle Edge Baseball near set
(65/72), more than half PSA 9

Ruth is well represented in this Internet auction, including a 1915 Boston Red Sox team Real Photo Postcard with Ruth as a rookie (EX - from the famed Copeland Collection) and a Rare Circa 1921 Pathe' Freres Phonograph premium picturing Ruth.

Other Ruth memorabilia highlights:
? Ruth autographed baseball
? Baseball signed by Ruth and Gehrig
? Ruth-signed Ruth Model bat, circa 1933
? Ruth-signed glove with original photo
? Ruth oversized (17-by-21) signed photograph

There also are vintage autographs from the likes of Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Gehrig, Walter Johnson, Cy Young, the Yankees, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and more. Game-used items include a 1937 Luke Appling White Sox home jersey and Gil Hodges' game-worn road jersey from the Mets' inaugural season of 1962.

Other memorabilia highlights:
? Final out baseball from 1909 World Series Game Six (Pittsburgh vs. Detroit)
? Baseball signed by Wagner and Cobb
? 1934 Tour of Japan presentation album with team-signed sheets
? Harmon Killebrew 1969 game-used first baseman's glove (LOA from Killebrew)
? 1975 World Series Game Six lineup cards (Carlton Fisk's historic game-winning HR)
? Wilt Chamberlain's retired No. 13 jersey from the Great Westen Forum
? 1979-80 Los Angeles Lakers championship banner from the Great Western Forum

All 750-plus items will be featured in Sotheby's/SCP Auctions full-color catalog as well as on the SCP Auctions website at The auction will open Nov. 14 and close on Nov. 30. For more information, call (800) 350-2273.

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