Friday, August 21, 2009

Legacy Sports Rarities: Summer Auction

Legacy Sports Rarities is about to close up on their recent summer auction of vintage Baseball cards, and their selection is really impressive. You should just do some window shopping to see what they have. Below are a few items that really stuck out to me.

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of notable Dodger cards, but I did run across the below Plow's Candy card of Brooklyn Dodger Cy Barger that is worth noting. This set is a extremely rare and was only discovered in the late 1960's. In fact, it is not known how many cards complete a set and new additions are found from time to time. My Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards from 2002 list common cards in near mint condition at $2500.00 each.

The 1887 Gypsy Queen is another set where a complete checklist is unknown. It is assumed that there are new additions yet to be found. Below is Hall of Famer John Ward's Gypsy Queen large size card. It measure 2" X 3 1/2" and is much rarer than it's smaller brother (which measures 1 1/2" X 2 1/2"). With two days remaining it is already at $13,500.00.

The 1887 Baseball Currency advertising pieces are some of the more ornate vintage collectibles in the hobby. They feature portraits of Major League teams and often have advertising printed on one side. They were probably handed out by store owners and used as coupons for future purchases. The below example offers a 5% discount to patrons at Hayes Brothers Jewelers. The bill below is of the Chicago White Stockings (White Sox) and features Hall of Famer Cap Anson in a familiar batting pose. It is graded by PCGS- a premier currency grader.

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