Enormous Signed Baseball-Card Collection (1,112) with 133 Hall of Famers (71 Different HOF)

Sold For: $3,525

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1102

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This vast signed baseball-card collection is comprised of 1,112 cards and includes examples from various issues, the vast majority of which date from the 1970s and 1980s (mostly Topps). A total of 133 Hall of Fame signatures are featured in the collection, representing seventy-one different players. A few signed premiums, mostly from the 1930s, are also included. Assembled over many years by a dedicated old-time hobbyist whose passion was autographs, this collection represents one of the most diverse collections of signed baseball cards we have ever offered. There is no underlying theme except that all are signed cards; no single year or specific issue was targeted, nor were specific teams or players sought out. This collection represents just a small portion of the original owner's larger autograph collection assembled over a period of decades, the balance of which has also been consigned to this auction (representing over thirty different lots). These are the signatures that were collected on cards (the other lots are also organized by type: postcards, photos, 3 x 5 cards, letters, checks, etc.). All of the cards have been signed on the front, in a variety of inks, by the respective player pictured. Signatures range from "3" to "10," averaging "9." With the exception of seven vintage 1930s premiums (duly noted in the listing), cards for all of the early Hall of Fame players featured in the collection are either modern-day issues, such as 1980-1983 Cramer Baseball Legends, or reprints of classic issues, including 1933 and 1934 Goudey, 1914 Cracker Jack, 1933 Delong, and 1941 Play Ball. Hall of Fame Players (133 HOF, 71 different): The seventy-one Hall of Fame players represented here, with the the number of individual signed cards for each player (if more than one) noted in parentheses, is as follows: Aaron, Alston, Anderson (3), Appling, Averill (4, one of which is a 1936 R314 Goudey "Wide Pen" Premium), Banks (3), Bench, Brett, Brock, Boudreau, Carew (2), Carter, Cochrane (1936 R314 Goudey "Wide Pen" Premium), Conlon, Cronin (2), Dawson, DiMaggio (2), Drysdale, Eckersley, Ferrell, Fingers, Fisk, Gehringer (3), B. Gibson, Gordon (1939 R303-B Goudey Premium - sepia; personalized "Best Wishes to M. Malast"), Greenberg, Hartnett, Henderson, Herman, Hubbell (3), Hunter, Irvin, R. Jackson, Jenkins (6), Kaline, Kell, Killebrew (2), Lasorda, Lemon (2), Lindstrom (1936 R314 Goudey "Wide Pen" Premium), Lopez, Lyons, Mathews, Mize (1936 R312 National Chicle Premium), Molitor (2), Murray (3), Musial (2), Niekro (4), Palmer (6), Perez (4), Perry (4), J. Rice (3), Rizzuto, B. Robinson (3), F. Robinson (2), Roush (2), Ryan (2), Seaver (7), Sewell, Sisler, Slaughter, Smith (2), Snider, Spahn (2), Stargell (2), Stengel (1936 R313 National Chicle Fine Pen Premium), Sutton (3), Terry (4), L. Waner (1936 R314 Goudey "Wide Pen" Premium), Weaver (3), and Winfield. Non-Hall of Fame Players (979 signatures): Included among the remaining signers, many more than once, are a number of top stars from the era: Frank White, Frank Tanana, Leon Roberts, Charlie Hough, Tony Armas, Lee May, Duane Kiper, Jim Kaat, Len Barker, Bucky Dent, Julio Cruz, Ron Cey, Steve Trout, Lou Whitaker, Bill Madlock, Dave Concepcion, Bert Campaneris, Bob Horner, Dave Stieb, Rick Dempsey, Rick Cerone, Dennis Martinez, Mark Belanger, Jason Thompson, Jon Matlack, Bobby Grich, Carney Lansford, Buddy Bell, Paul Splittorf, Bump Wills, Dan Quisenberry, Al Cowens, Joe Rudi, Chet Lemon, Rudy May, Pedro Guerrero, Doug DeCinces, Carney Lansford, Willie Horton, Toby Harrah, Mike Caldwell, Jesse Barfield, Floyd Bannister, Jeff Burroughs, Aurelio Rodriguez, Andre Thornton, Rick Waits, Mike Torrez, Sammy Stewart, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Amos Otis, Bert Blyleven, Fernando Valenzuela, Lamarr Hoyt, Vida Blue, Don Baylor, Andy Messersmith, Lee Smith, Bob Welch, Steve Howe, Larry Bowa, Mike Easler, Tug McGraw, Luis Tiant, Tommy John, Ron Guidry, Fred Lynn, Steve Garvey, Chris Chambliss, Ron Fairly, Bobby Bonds, Dave Goltz, Garry Templeton, Burt Hooten, Lou Piniella, Graig Nettles, Davey Lopes, Bobby Valentine, Roger Erickson, Ken Griffey, Willie Wilson, Ben Oglivie, Vada Pinson, and Dennis Leonard. Cards range from Good to Near Mint, averaging Ex. Total: 1,112 signed cards. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $3,525

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