1961 Nu-Card Baseball Scoops Autographed Collection (69) Including Mantle (2), Williams (2), and DiMaggio

Sold For: $4,500

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1644

Item Year: 1961

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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The Nu-Card "Scoops" set features many of baseball's greatest moments presented in a mock newspaper design. This near-complete set is composed of 75 of the 80 cards, 55 of which are signed. (The set is numbered 401-480.) This is actually far more impressive with reference to signed completion than it sounds, as many of the unsigned cards feature players who had passed away long before the set was issued (such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Christy Mathewson), and are therefore impossible to obtain in signed form. Also included are many duplicates for both the signed and unsigned cards, resulting in a total of 103 cards (69 signed and 34 unsigned). The five missing cards from the set are #404, 435, 440, 451, and 462. All of the autographed cards have been signed on the front (in a variety of inks), with the signatures ranging from "7" to "10," averaging "9." In Excellent condition overall. This is an extraordinary issue for signed cards, featuring many of the players' greatest moments, and highlighted by stars such as Mantle, DiMaggio, and Williams, as well as lesser stars with legendary great moments such as Don Larson, Bobby Thomson, and Harvey Haddix. The number of cards, if more than one, is noted in parenthesis. The collection is composed of the following:

Signed cards (69): 401, 402 Spahn, 403 Mazeroski (2), 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412 Mathews, 413, 415, 418 (3), 420 Banks (2), 421 Musial (2), 422 Mantle, 423, 425 Schoendienst, 426 (signed by pitcher B. Cain only), 427 Mays, 429 Campanella (autopen, not a genuine signature), 430, 431, 432, 433, 434 Dickey, 437 Reese (2), 438 DiMaggio, 439 Williams, 442 Greenberg, 444 Roberts, 445 Rizzuto (2), 446 Newhouser, 449 Killebrew (2), 450 Mantle, 452 Williams, 453 Berra, 457, 459, 460 Feller (2), 463 Spahn, 464 (signed by J. Sain), 465 Kaline, 467 DiMaggio, 468, 469, 471 Wynn, 472 Fox, 473, 474, 475, 478 (2), 479 Hubbell (2), and 480 (5).

Unsigned cards (34):
#407, 414 Gene Autry, 416 Maris, 417, 419 Cochrane, 424 Gehrig (3), 428 J. Robinson, 430, 432, 434 Dickey, 436, 439 Williams, 441 Hodges, 443 Cobb (2), 447 Ruth, 448 Young, 454, 455 Ruth (2), 456 (2), 457, 458 Ott, 459, 461 Stengel, 466, 470, 472 Fox, 476 Dean Brothers, 477 Mathewson, and 479 Hubbell.

Total: 103 cards (69 signed). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000++.


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