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1980-2001 Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Postcard Near-Complete Autographed Set (88 of 104 Possible Signed)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,148
This complete set of Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcards is comprised of 253 numbered cards (plus the fifteen checklist cards and an additional seven cards designated "A" through "G") and features eighty-eight signed examples. Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcards, which are universally recognized as one of the most classic issues ever produced for autograph collectors, were originally issued in fifteen individual series between 1980 and 2001. With the exception of seven cards (featuring Hall of Fame Officials, Perez-Steele Gallery executives, and other non-ballplayers) only Baseball Hall of Fame members are included in the set. Each card was limited to a print run of 10,000 and every card is individually numbered on the reverse. Of the 275 total cards in the set, only 104 could possibly have been signed by Hall of Fame players (the balance of the players passed away prior to the date of publication). The offered collection features eighty-eight signed Hall of Fame player cards, as well as one additional signed card featuring non Hall of Fame members (card "G," signed by Peggy Steele, Frank Steele, and 120). All of the cards are from set number "04342." Organized by series, the following are the eighty-eight Hall of Fame player-signed cards in this collection: Second Series: Hubbell, Gehringer; Third Series: Dickey, Terry, DiMaggio, Feller, and Roush; Fourth Series: Appling, T. Williams, Musial, and Boudreau; Fifth Series: Berra, Gomez, Koufax, Leonard, Wynn, Irvin, Spahn, Bell, Conlan, Ford, Mantle, Herman, and J. Johnson; Sixth Series: Kiner, Lemon, Roberts, Banks, Lopez, Sewell, Mathews, Mays, Kaline, Snider, Gibson, and Mize; Seventh Series: Aaron, Chandler, F. Robinson, Kell, Marichal, B. Robinson; Eighth Series: Aparicio, Ferrell, Drysdale, Killebrew, Brock, Reese, Slaughter, and Wilhelm; Ninth Series: Doerr, McCovey, Dandridge, Hunter, and B. Williams; Tenth Series: Barlick, Stargell, Bench, Schoendienst, and Yastrzemski; Eleventh Series: Carew, Morgan, Palmer, Jenkins, and Perry; Twelfth Series: Fingers, Newhouser, Sever, R. Jackson, Carlton, and Rizzuto; Thirteenth Series: Ashburn, Schmidt, Bunning, and Weaver; Fourteenth Series: Niekro, Lasorda, Doby, Sutton, Brett, Cepeda, Ryan, and Yount; Fifteenth Series: Anderson, Fisk, Perez, Mazeroski, and Winfield. The sixteen signed cards missing for completion are Lyons, Cronin, Greenberg, Grimes, Ruffing, L. Waner, Campanella, Coveleski, Hoyt, Paige, Kelly, Averill, T. Jackson, Alston, MacPhail, and Puckett. All of the signatures have been scripted on the front in blue Sharpie and grade "9/10" overall. The cards are in overall Nr-Mt condition. As a point of reference, the 2011 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards lists the value of the eighty-eight Hall of Famer signed cards in this set at $4,670. Total: 275 cards (89 signed). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $4,148
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