Bill Goodwin has a knack for turning up breathtaking cards, usually earning that accolade with with a combination of rarity and condition, and his June 8 auction, the ninth edition of his "Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons" Series continues that trend.
At the forefront, a 1940 Play Ball Ted Williams in PSA 10 and a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth No. 181 in PSA 9, the former one of the tough black-and-white prewar cards in the hobby, the latter certainly one of the most colorful of the 1933 Goudey set. The Williams card opens at $18,000; the 1933 Goudey Ruth starts at $15,000, the same number that launches a 1915 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson in PSA 9.
In an auction of nearly 1,000 lots, there are dozens lots of 19th-century rarities, tobacco and Caramel cards, Goudeys, tough regionals and test issues, and his traditional vast array of high-grade vintage Topps and Bowman cards.
In addition to the No. 181 Ruth, the sale features the No. 149 Ruth from the 1933 Goudey issue, in this instance in PSA 8 ($6,500) a 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig, No. 160 ($4,800), and the 1934 Goudey Gehrig No. 37 ($3,500), headliners in a huge assortment of 1933-34 Goudey stars and commons.
The 19th-century lineup includes a run of the seldom-seen 1887 Tobin Lithographs, including Cap Anson, Tim Keefe and Mickey Welch, 1887 Old Judges of John Clarkson (PSA 7, $500), Tim Keefe and Commy Comiskey, an 1895 Mayo's Cut Plug N300 John Clarksonplus there is a nifty 1899 M101-1 Sporting News Supplement lot of (3) with Cy Young, Nap Lajoie and Elmer Flick (each carefully trimmed to create a bust of the player).
A 1911 M116 Sporting Life Christy Mathewson PSA 9 opens at all of $3,800; a 1903 Breisch Williams E107 Type 2 Ed Delahanty is the standout in a grouping of Type 2s, each graded "Authentic," including Nap Lajoie, Thomas Leach and Johnny Evers.
There are nearly a dozen Hall of Famers represented in Caramel cards, including E101s of Honus Wagner and Cy Young, a 1909 E92 Dockman John McGraw, a 1911 E94 Close Candy Nap Lajoie and a 1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel Chief Bender.
Goodwin has engineered several massive group lots of 1910 T210 Old Mill, including eight different lots of the minor-league issues, almost all graded by SGC, with lots arranged by series and ranging in size from 35-84, each of which opens at $3,000.
As is customary in a Goodwin and Co. sale, the prewar roster also includes Turkey Reds, 1909 Obaks, T207 Brown Backs, Double and Triple Folders and one of the most intriguing items, a 1916 Mason Bros. Postcard of Fenway Park showing Babe Ruth batting ($1,000).
There are hundreds of lots of vintage Bowman and Topps, including tough-to-find, high-grade commons and stars, a half-dozen 1951 Topps Team cards, unopened packs from all four sports, entertainment cards and a high-grade run of 1964 Topps Hockey.
For more information about the auction, call (314) 849-9798; to bid online go to: www.goodwinandco.com. The complete, full-color auction catalog will be inserted in the June 9 issue of Sports Collectors Digest (next week).