There are a lot of auction houses that speak about their upcoming auction in terms of "best auction of the year." Sometimes the message gets lost in the shuffle.
However, a message that is loud and clear is the one coming from Clean Sweep Auctions, and the company is telling anyone who is listening that the current auction (which ends Oct. 3) is not the best sale of the year, but one of the best in company history.
The auction kicks off with a powerful one-two punch of complete sets of 1911 T3 Turkey Red cards and a complete set of 1909 T206 cards. The T3 set grades out from Good to Very Good condition, according to Clean Sweep, with 17 of the cards graded, including a SGC 3 for the Ty Cobb example. A complete condition description of the set is available on Clean Sweep's website.
The T206 set hails from the Stan Silbert collection. Silbert actually accumulated two complete T206 sets, with this one being the better of the two. Overall condition grade for this set is Very Good-Excellent. Bidding has surpassed $30,000 at press time. Thirty-five of the star cards have been graded, with Clean Sweep stating that book value for those cards alone top $23,000. Expect heavy bidding for this set.
The auction also includes a PSA 1 example of the T206 Sherry Magee error card, which was approaching $6,000 at press time.
Other sets that will draw heavy bidding include a 1934 Goudey complete set in Excellent condition overall, with 11 of the cards graded. Another beauty is a nearly complete set of 176 examples of the 1916 M101-4 set with 19 Hall of Famers in the lineup. Overall condition is Excellent-plus. Many of the notable stars from this group are being offered as singles in this auction, as well.
Another lot that will be vying for top honors is the 1949 N.Y. Yankees World Series championship ring of Eddie Lopat. Lopat went 15-10 with 3.26 ERA for the 1949 Yankees, and he was the winning pitcher in Game 4 of the 1949 World Series. The Yankees won five straight World Series from 1949-53.
In all, there are nearly 200 lots of baseball cards in the auction, dating from the late 1800s through the 1970s.
Signed baseball memorabilia in the auction is sure to turn some heads. Heading the list is a GPC signed by Jesse Burkett. The signature is graded a PSA 7.
Other cut signatures in the auction include Chief Bender, Roger Bresnahan, Fred Clarke, Pat Collins, Satchel Paige, Herb Pennock, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson (from a signed check).
Single-signed baseballs should also draw plenty of bids, headlined by examples from Roberto Clemente, Ty Cobb, Eddie Cicotte, Babe Ruth, Satchel Paige, Rogers Hornsby and many other Hall of Famers.
This auction also includes of host of presidential and historical signed documents and photos, including pieces signed by James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams and John Tyler.
For more information on this auction, visit www.csauctions.com or call (516) 338-8557.