1958-1963 Jay Publishing "Picture Pack" Collection (825 Photos, 70 Team Sets)

Sold For: $1,410

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1297

Item Year: 1957

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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This enormous original-owner collection of seventy Major League "Picture Packs" team sets spans the years 1958 through 1963 and features a total of 825 individual "Picture Pack" photos. Over 100 Hall of Fame players are represented here, many more than once (thirty-eight different), including Mantle, T. Williams, Stengel, Snider, Aaron, Mays, Musial, F. Robinson, Killebrew, Fox, Berra, Ford, Wynn, B. Robinson, Cepeda, McCovey, Clemente, Mazeroski, Campanella, Drysdale, Spahn, Banks, Brock, and Kaline. Other notables include Roger Maris, Gil Hodges, Maury Wills, Curt Flood, Ken Boyer, Norm Cash, Carl Furillo, and Joe Adcock. "Picture Packs," as they are commonly known, were issued annually on a team-by-team basis by Jay Publishing between the years 1958 and 1965 and consist of twelve individual black-and-white player photos. Most of the photos (5 x 7 inches) were printed on thin glossy stock; however, the quality of the paper used could vary from team to team and year to year. Although normally sold at Major League concession stands and retail stores, "Picture Packs" were also available by mail and a number of the packs in this collection retain their original mailing envelope (duly noted in the listing). This is the single largest collection of "Picture Pack " photos we have ever offered, all of which were originally obtained by our consignor as a child. They have been extremely well cared for, perfectly preserved and saved as special keepsakes by our consignor since their years of issue. As a point of reference, even at a conservative price of $3.00 a photo (the price listed for a common player in the 2009 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards ), the "book" value of this collection would be just under $2,500. This extraordinary collection, however, features over 100 Hall of Famer photos (which list in the Standard Catalog for $10.00 a photo), not to mention numerous stars. Packs are listed here by team and year. Unless otherwise noted, all of the packs contain twelve photos, as issued. Baltimore Orioles: 1958 (eleven photos), 1959 (eleven photos), 1960, and 1961. Boston Red Sox: 1958, 1959, 1960 (eleven photos), and 1961 (eleven photos). Chicago Cubs: 1960, 1961, and 1963 (w/original mailing envelope). Chicago White Sox: 1958, 1959 (thirteen photos, no duplicates), 1960, 1961, and 1962 (w/original mailing envelope). Cincinnati Reds: 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961. Cleveland Indians: 1960 (eleven photos), 1961 (eleven photos), and 1963 (w/original mailing envelope). Detroit Tigers: 1960, 1961, and 1962. Houston Colt 45s: 1963 (w/original mailing envelope). Kansas City Athletics: 1958 (eleven photos), 1959, 1960, 1961, and 1963 (w/original mailing envelope). Los Angeles Angels: 1961 and 1963 (w/original mailing envelope). Los Angeles Dodgers: 1958 (eleven photos), 1959, 1960, and 1961. Milwaukee Braves: 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961. Minnesota Twins: 1961 and 1962 (w/original mailing envelope). New York Mets: 1963 (w/original mailing envelope). New York Yankees: 1958, 1959, 1960 (eleven photos, includes Mantle, each of the photos in this set displays a very light corner crease in the upper right), and 1961. Philadelphia Phillies: 1958, 1959 (eleven photos), 1960, 1961, and 1962 (w/original mailing envelope). Pittsburgh Pirates: 1959, 1960, and 1961. San Francisco Giants: 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961. St. Louis Cardinals: 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961. Washington Senators: 1959 (w/original mailing envelope), 1960, 1961, and 1962. Also included is a 1960 "Picture Pack" in its original mailing envelope containing six color team photos (Cardinals, Pirates, Phillies, Athletics, Reds, and Orioles). The collection is further distinguished by its remarkable condition. The vast majority of photos are in Near Mint condition (approximately 10% are in slightly lesser condition) and present exactly as they did when first issued. Total: 70 team sets, 825 individual photos. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

SOLD FOR $1,410

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