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Lot # 1551 (of 1727)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1924-2005 Hall of Famer and Stars Tennis Rookie-Card Collection (90)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For -

Remarkable collection of ninety different tennis cards from thirty-one different sets, dating from 1924 to 2005, in virtually all cases representing the player's first appearance on a trading card, all graded and encapsulated by SGC (unless otherwise noted). The collection is comprised of Hall of Famers and stars and was assembled one card at a time by a very dedicated extremely advanced collector over a period of many years, whose primary interest was rookie cards (from all sports), with a primary focus on completeness, properly defining what cards were issued (especially as many rare and unusual issues are represented), as well as condition and eye appeal. Tennis cards represent a special challenge, as few card sets are devoted to the sport, and until recent years, there has been little in the way of published research materials to understand exactly what exists. We have never before seen a advanced collection of this type. This is an extremely significant collection that would be very difficult to match, and that cost a small fortune to assemble, put together by a world-class collector whose efforts we believe will someday be looked at as far ahead of his time. The collection consists of the following: 1) 1924 Willard's Chocolates (1 card): #27 Tilden (GOOD 30). 2) 1928 Churchman's "Men of the Moment" (1 card): #10 Austion (EX 60). 3) 1934 Gallaher "Champions" (2 cards): #15 Round (FAIR 20) and 28 Maskell (EX/NM 80). 4) 1935 Mitchell's Cigarettes (1 card): #37 Budge (EX 60). 5) 1935 Muratti (14 cards): #60, 69, 72, 76, 84, 85, 102, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, and 195. All grade Ex or better (except one with back damage). 6) 1936 Player & Sons (1 card): #49 Mako (EX 60). 7) 1952 Wheaties (1 card): Kramer (SGC Auth). 8) 1959 Top Flight Stars (1 card): #10 Gonzalez (PSA MINT 9). 9) 1966 Panini (1 card): #413 Pietrangeli (VG/EX 50). 10) 1969-70 Campioni Dello (1 card): #401 Newcombe (NM/MT 88). 11) 1970-71 Panini (4 cards): #331 Laver (FAIR 20), 333 Ashe (POOR 10), 334 Roche (POOR 10), and King (PSA NM 7). 12) 1971 Barratt & Co. (1 card): #33 Court (EX 60). 13) 1971 Keds Sneakers (1 card): Smith (VG/EX 50). 14) 1973-74 Panini (3 cards): #359 Rosewall (NM/MT 88), 360 Nastase (NM/MT+ 92), and 361Smith (VG 40). 15) 1974 Panini (3 cards): #202 Borg (EX/NM 80), 209 Evert (EX 60), and 214 Goolagong (NM/MT+ 92). 16) 1977-79 Sportscaster (16 cards): #01-18 Connors (EX 60), 20-18 Kodes (EX 60), 22-10 Emerson (NM 84), 29-11 Casals (NM/MT+ 92), 34-21 Navratilova (VG/EX 50), 36-14 Wade (EX/NM 80), 43-24 Vilas (EX+ 70), 49-16 McMillan/Hewitt (MINT 96), 55-17 Durr (NM 94), 59-10 Ralston (EX/NM 80), 64-01 Shriver (NM+ 86), 67-23 McEnroe (NM+ 86), 71-02 Noah (MINT 96), 71-11 Santana (MINT 96), 78-14 Richey (NM/MT+ 92), and 82-07 Lendl (NM+ 86). 17) 1979 Panini "Super Stickers" (1 card): McEnroe (VG/EX 50). 18) 1979 Venorlandus (2 cards): #44 Connors (BVG GEM MT 9.5) and 45 Wade (PSA GEM MT 10). 19) 1982 Panini (8 cards): #315 Navratilova (GEM 98), 316 McEnroe (MINT 96), 317 Lendl (MINT 96), 319 Connors (MINT 96), 320 Vilas (MINT 96), 325 Austin (MINT 96), 329 Mandlikova (MINT 96), and 336 Noah (GEM 98). 20) 1986 Panini (1 card): #112 Becker (NM+ 86). 21) 1987 Panini (5 cards): #188 Graf (NM/MT 88), 191 Becker (NM/MT+ 92), 193 Edberg (MINT 96), 196 Sabatini (NM/MT 88), and 199 Agassi (NM/MT+ 92). 22) 1987 Panini Stickers (3 cards): #183 Wilander (EX/NM 80), 185 Edberg (EX 60), and 193 Shriver (NM 84). 23) 1990 SI For Kids (2 cards): #130 Sancez -Vicario (MINT 96) and 156 Seles (NM/MT 88). 24) 1991 Netpro (2 cards): #7 Sampras (PSA GEM MT 10) and 28 Courier (NM/MT 88). 25) 1993 Netpro (2 cards): #W45 Neiland/Novotna (MINT 96) and M54 Bruguera (MINT 96). 26) 1999 SI For Kids (1 card): #814 Williams (MINT 96). 27) 2000 Collectors Edge (1 card): Mauresmo (MINT 96). 28) 2002 SCIM (1 card): #6 Sharapova (Nr/Mt). 29) 2003 Netpro (6 cards): #3 Hewitt (MINT 96), 6 Kuerten (NM/MT+ 92), 11 Federer (MINT 96), 70 Nadal (NM/MT 88), 90 Federer (MINT 96), and 98 Hewitt (NM/MT 88). 30) 2003 Netpro International (1 card): #11 Federer (BVG GEM MT 9.5). 31) 2004 SI For Kids (1 card): #349 (Justine (SGC Auth). 32) 2005 Ace Authentic (1 card): #33 Safin (GEM 98). Total 90 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR


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