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REA Baseball Auction Hits $4 Million, Sets Countless Records

October 23, 2014

Babe Ruth Rookie Sells for $84,000; Rare McKinley Card Hammers Down At $96,000, Setting Non-Sport Card Record!

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Collectors turned out in full force for Robert Edward Auctions’ Fall Auction, the second such event added to the company’s calendar after many years of conducting a single blockbuster Spring Auction. An incredible 15,710 bids were placed on the 1410 different lots offered for sale, 98.5% of which sold to an impressive 576 different winners. The auction ended with total proceeds of $4,072,980.

The auction was full of extremely strong showings for hundreds of vintage, rare and high grade cards and historic memorabilia that have long been the REA trademark. “The auction was amazingly successful,” said REA President Rob Lifson. “We had a little bit of everything for sale. The interest from collectors was incredible and the amount realized was considerably more than we anticipated.”

Paced by the highest-graded example of the legendary 1932 U. S. Caramel William McKinley rarity, which hammered at $96,000, a total of seventy-one items sold for $10,000 or more. Other top-selling items included a 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth rookie card ($84,000), a 1909-1911 T206 White Border Eddie Plank ($66,000), and an extraordinary newly-discovered baseball signed by Babe Ruth ($39,000), which had been carefully saved in the same family for decades.

Babe Ruth items continued to be a strong draw, and collectors had their pick from numerous cards, autographs, and other items of the “Sultan of Swat.” In addition to the rookie card and single-signed baseball mentioned earlier, a number of other items produced impressive final figures at the end of the night. A beautiful uncut sheet of 1933 Goudey cards featuring a bold example of #181 Babe Ruth realized $36,000, while a newly-discovered 1915 Boston Red Sox real-photo postcard, depicting a young Ruth in his rookie season, sold for a record $21,600. An original 1917 news photo of Ruth attracted forty-two bids, the most of any item in the auction, and sold for $16,800. 1930s gum cards of Ruth were of special note to advanced collectors, including a 1932 U. S. Caramel PSA NM 7 ($15,600), a 1933 Goudey #149 SGC NM+ 86 ($15,600), and a highest-graded 1933 World Wide Gum #80 SGC NM+ 86 ($10,200). Other Ruth highlights included an extraordinary signed photo ($10,200), a twice-signed check ($7,200), and a signed baseball glove ($6,600).

Collectors continued to show great appreciation for the T206 White Border set, long regarded as one of the most popular sets in the hobby. In addition to the Plank rarity mentioned earlier, two large accumulations of T206s were hotly contested by bidders, with a near-complete set of 457 different realizing $27,000 and a new-to-the-hobby group of 325 different hammering down at $20,400. A near-complete PSA-graded set of Southern Leaguers realized $13,200, while a unique and striking printing error of Cy Young, discovered in an old-time collection, brought $10,200. Several rare backs were also up for bid, led by a Brown Hindu example of Mordecai Brown, which sold for forty-five times its opening bid and hammered at $9,000 and a Lenox example of Vic Willis, which realized $7,800. Common players brought big numbers too, including a Lenox example of Mickey Doolan ($7,200), an Uzit example of Doc Crandall ($5,100), and an autographed Nap Rucker ($5,100).

Other card highlights include:
• 1914 T222 Fatima Individual Players Complete Set – #1 PSA Set Registry – $39,000
• 1933 V353 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey) Color-Process Sheets – $30,000
• 1915 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson PSA NM 7 – $27,000
• 1878 Boston Team Cabinet with George and Harry Wright – $27,000
• 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle SGC EX 60 – $22,800
• 1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy #80 Rogers Hornsby Rookie SGC EX+ 70 – $20,400
• 1909 T204 Ramly Walter Johnson PSA EX 5 – $19,200
• 1908 PC760 Rose Postcard Honus Wagner – $18,000

Non-baseball cards were also well-represented with many impressive prices turned in among cards from football, basketball, and hockey. A stunning partial set of 1961-1962 Fleer basketball cards, consisting of forty-eight cards graded Mint, was broken up and sold individually, much to the delight of collectors. Led by a sharp example of Wilt Chamberlain’s key rookie card ($10,800), the group totaled an astounding $47,280. A 1959 Topps football cello box realized $19,200. Rookie cards continued their hot streak with a PSA MINT 9 Peyton Manning rookie bringing $13,200, a 1958 Topps Jim Brown graded SGC NM/MT+ 92 sold for $4,800, and a 1962 Topps Fran Tarkenton graded SGC NM/MT+ 92 hammering at $4,200, nearly three times its book value for the grade. A beautiful 1948 Bowman George Mikan rookie graded PSA NM 7 sold for $6,600 while a 1986-1987 Fleer Michael Jordan graded BGS GEM 9.5 ended at $4,500.

Memorabilia collectors had plenty to choose from as well, and the rookie contract of Hall of Famer Ross Youngs, consigned directly by his family, was a highlight. The 1917 contract called for Youngs to earn a salary of $1,200; at the end of the auction, it hammered for an incredible thirty-two times his salary, ending at $39,000. Two championship rings were also among the highest-selling items, with a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ring presented to Red Patterson and a 2009 New York Yankees World Series ring presented to an executive each hammering at $30,000. A stunning Christy Mathewson check, accompanied by a letter directly from Mathewson’s wife, brought $20,400, and a 1923 Yankee Stadium opening-day ticket stub realized an incredible record-setting $19,200. A fascinating group of Dieges & Clust items, comprised of many unique items relating to the production of various rings, press pins, and awards, tallied an impressive $33,600. One of the finest collections of baseball Hartland statues to ever be assembled or auctioned was met with extremely strong bidding, selling at $15,600. One of the most unique items in the auction, a 1982 Derek Jeter Little League team-signed baseball and team photo, generated tremendous interest among both the general public and serious advanced collectors, finally ending at $14,400 once the dust settled.

Other memorabilia highlights include:
• 1934 Brooklyn Dodgers Road Uniform – $14,400
• 1931 Lefty Gomez Signed New York Yankees Contract – $10,800
• 1868 Atlantics vs Tri-Mountain Trophy Ball – $9,600
• 1869 Nebraska Otoes Trophy Bat – $9,600
• 1948 Chesterfield Advertising Display – $9,600
• 1971 Thurman Munson Game-Used Home Flannel – $9,600
• Circa 1933 Billy Hamilton Signed Album Page – $8,400
• 1949-1950 Willard Brown Signed Puerto Rican League Contract – $7,800

The second installment of the finest collection of “Three Stooges” material ever to be offered at public auction, consisting of high-end movie posters, lobby cards, and trading cards, proved again to be a tremendous hit with collectors. Ten one-sheet movie posters and more than fifty lobby cards were presented over fifty-five different lots and tallied $157,020 after the dust settled. Two one-sheet posters from 1937 short films, Playing The Ponies and Dizzy Doctors, led the category, realizing $22,800 and $18,000, respectively. A 1935 lobby card from the film Hoi Polloi also generated great interest, hammering at $10,800. On the trading card side of the collection, extremely spirited bidding drove the entire collection of ninety-six ultra high-grade 1959 Fleer cards, presented over thirty-seven different lots, to an astounding total hammer of $162,420, including individual cards of Curly ($13,300), Larry ($5,400), and Moe ($5,400).

Original nonsport artwork also was met with great collector interest as several vintage sets were well represented and turned in outstanding prices. Two original 1962 Topps “Mars Attacks” artworks presented individually sold for a combined $27,000. An assortment of fourteen 1962 Topps “Civil War News” original artworks sold for a collective $18,240, while ten 1965 Topps “Battle” original artworks totaled $14,880. A single 1934 National Chicle “Skybirds” artwork realized a record $5,100.

Modern cards also earned tremendous respect in this auction, with a collection of 133 different cards produced between 1996 and 2004 realizing a staggering $79,020. Led by a collection of rare 1996 Donruss Signature Series cards, highlighted by Derek Jeter and Cal Ripken, which sold for $27,000, the collection showed that there is great demand in this area of the market. Other top sales included $20,400 for a collection of sixteen 1999 Upper Deck Piece of History game-used bat cards, $10,800 for three limited-edition Ted Williams insert cards, and $4,500 for twenty-two 1996 Leaf Signature Series cards.

REA is now accepting consignments for its next auction, set for the spring of 2015. To inquire about consignments, learn more about Robert Edward Auctions, view all auction results, register for future auctions, or receive a complimentary copy of one of their past catalogs, visit For further information, contact Robert Edward Auctions, PO Box 7256, Watchung, NJ 07069, or call (908) 226-9900.

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Upcoming REA Fall Auction Will Be a Blockbuster

September 10, 2014

The auction will include an astounding number of items including a 1916 Babe Ruth Rookie, five 1952 Topps Mickey Mantles, Nineteenth-Century Baseball Rarities and More!

Robert Edward Auctions Fall 2014 auction

Collectors around the world have long looked to Robert Edward Auctions for the finest sports cards and memorabilia the hobby has to offer. With a reputation as the most trusted auction house in the hobby, Robert Edward Auctions has been able to bring to market countless items discovered among passed-down family possessions or originating from the most advanced collections, resulting in nearly $100 million in sales during the past decade. Beginning October 1, the company will offer more than 1300 lots in their highly-anticipated fall catalog auction, the second such event added to their calendar, which previously consisted of only a spring sale. The auction closing date is October 18.

With material spanning from the 1860s to the present day, the auction is highlighted by an extraordinary selection of cards, featuring all the biggest names in the game: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, and Honus Wagner, among others. Ruth’s 1916 Sporting News rookie card graded SGC EX+ 70 leads the offerings, followed by a stunning PSA NM 7 1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson, and a striking PSA VG-EX+ 4.5 example of the legendary 1909-1911 T206 Eddie Plank rarity. One of the most iconic trading cards ever produced, the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle is featured in a variety of different conditions for collectors to consider, including two beautiful high-grade examples. One of the rarest cards presented in the auction does not even picture an athlete, instead originating from a 1932 set issued by the U.S. Caramel Company, dedicated to U.S. Presidents and featuring William McKinley. This newly-discovered example, which is thought to be one of less than ten in existence, is graded EX 60 by SGC and has the prestige of being the highest-graded example of this extreme rarity ever recorded.

Several other newly-discovered items also promise to draw spirited interest, including two nineteenth century cabinet cards held in the same family for decades, depicting the 1878 Boston Red Stockings (with George and Harry Wright) and the 1879 Chicago White Stockings (with Cap Anson), a 1915 postcard featuring Babe Ruth as a young pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, and an exceptional 1908 Rose Company Postcard of Honus Wagner, which highlights two dozen fresh-to-market examples from this iconic set.

Other impressive highlights include:

  • 1888 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Collection Including Rare Brown and Red Mount Examples
  • 1909-1911 T206 White Border Partial and Near-Complete Sets Plus Two Magie Errors, Signed Cards, Rare Backs, and Fascinating Printing Anomalies
  • Completely graded sets of E91 American Caramel, E93 Standard Caramel, and E95 Philadelphia Caramel
  • 1910 E93 Standard Caramel Christy Mathewson PSA NM-MT 8
  • 1911 T3 Turkey Red Near-Complete Set
  • 1914 T222 Fatima Individual Players Complete Set: #1 PSA Set Registry
  • 1914 B18 Blankets “Red Infield” Ty Cobb, Baker, Demmitt, and Moriarty
  • 1933 R319 Goudey Uncut Sheet with Five Hall of Famers Including #181 Babe Ruth
  • 1933 V353 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey) Color Process Proof Sheets (8 sheets)
  • 1933 R331 National Chicle Football Complete Graded Set with Nagurski Rookie
  • 1959 Fleer “Three Stooges” Complete Set: #11 PSA Set Registry
  • 1959 Fleer “Three Stooges” Individual Cards Including 21 PSA GEM MINT 10s, PSA MINT 9 Larry and Moe, and PSA NM-MT+ 8.5 Curly
  • 1961-1962 Fleer Basketball PSA MINT 9 Partial Set Break
  • 1962 Topps “Civil War News” Original Artwork Collection
  • 1965 Topps “Battle” Original Artwork Collection
  • Complete baseball set collections, including 1933 and 1934 Goudey, 1948 to 1955 Bowman, and 1952 to 1980 Topps
  • Complete football set collections, including 1930s Wheaties, 1948 to 1955 Bowman, 1964 to 1967 Philadelphia, and 1955 to 1969 Topps

    Memorabilia collectors will also find a superb offering of items. Autograph highlights include an extraordinary newly-discovered circa 1940 Babe Ruth single-signed baseball and a stunning 1922 Christy Mathewson check graded MINT 9 by PSA/DNA that was long ago a gift from Christy Mathewson’s wife and is accompanied by a letter directly from Mrs. Mathewson! Numerous championship rings and awards will be up for bid, highlighted by an original 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ring in its original presentation box – issued to key executive Red Patterson, the club’s public relations director and the man who officially announced that the Dodgers were moving from Brooklyn! Also included in the auction are 1998 and 2009 New York Yankees World Series rings and a 2001 New York Yankees American League Championship pendant. A tremendous Dieges & Clust archive, which includes original artwork and dies for the various press pins and championship awards produced by the company, will be offered in twenty-eight different lots. The “crown jewel” of the collection is the original artwork for the 1927 New York Yankees World Series Ring, one of the most revered rings in all of collecting. A number of items consigned directly from the family of Hall of Famer Ross Youngs will be featured in the auction, highlighted by his original 1917 rookie contract. Several uniforms and jerseys will also appear, including the earliest-known Thurman Munson flannel, a 1971 New York Yankees home jersey, as well as an extremely rare complete 1934 Brooklyn Dodgers uniform, originating directly from the family of a former player.

    The sale of the finest collection of “Three Stooges” movie posters and lobby cards to ever come to auction continues with Part Two of three installments, comprised of fifty-five lobby cards presented in forty-four lots, plus ten one-sheet movie posters. The lobby cards are highlighted by seven remarkably rare cards from the 1930s, including examples from 1935’s Horse Collars and Hoi Polloi. Among the ten one-sheet posters, all from extremely desirable early titles featuring Curly, are two extraordinary 1930s examples: Dizzy Doctors and Playing The Ponies, both of which were produced in 1937. An exceptional array of additional movie memorabilia will also be offered, including posters from The Day the Earth Stood Still, Godzilla, and Window Cleaners, one of the earliest appearances of Disney’s Donald Duck character, as well as lobby cards from The War of the Worlds and Psycho.

    Other impressive highlights include:
  • 1863 Abraham Lincoln Signed Military Commission
  • 1868 Atlantics vs. Tri-Mountain Trophy Ball
  • 1870 Rockford Forest City’s Team Composite with Albert Spalding
  • 1885 Cincinnati Red Stockings Large-Format Team Cabinet with Bid McPhee
  • 1887 Detroit Wolverines Imperial Cabinet Photograph
  • 1889 Baltimore BBC National League Membership Application – Nicholas Young Estate
  • 1916 Chicago American Giants Panoramic Photo Including Rube Foster, “Pop” Lloyd, and Pete Hill
  • 1923 Yankee Stadium Opening-Day Ticket Stub with Date Printed on Stub
  • 1948 Chesterfield Advertising Display – Unrestored Newly Discovered Example
  • 1958-1963 Hartland Statues Complete Set In Original Boxes with Original Tags!
  • 1959-1963 Hartland Football Statues Partial Set (17) Plus 4 Boxes
  • Finest Known 1967 Official George Mikan ABA Basketball
  • 1975 John Lennon and Paul McCartney Dual-Signed MacLen Music Check
  • The Tonight Show Clock from Johnny Carson’s Final Show!
  • 2007 and 2008 Derek Jeter Pro-Model Bats
  • Collection of Limited-Edition LeRoy Neiman Serigraphs

    “The response to our inaugural fall auction was tremendous, and the response from sellers to the assembly of our second fall auction really confirmed to us that there’s just an enormous demand for the services we provide, far greater than can be satisfied by just one auction per year,” said REA President Robert Lifson. “An essential ingredient that makes our auctions so special is the enormous amount of work that is invested in each auction. That will never change. Whether we have one, two, or someday three auctions per year, the one thing we can promise is that every auction will be extremely carefully assembled and a special event. This auction is no exception, and it has an incredible number of outstanding items.”

    Lifson stressed that the company encourages anyone interested in receiving a catalog to contact Robert Edward Auctions by e-mail to receive one free of charge. “You don’t have to bid to receive a catalog. It is our great pleasure to send them out, for free, to anyone who is interested in the types of items we offer. We’re very much looking forward to collectors getting the catalog in their hands. Sending out catalogs is one of the ways we promote interest in the hobby and collecting, as well as in our auctions. So many collectors today tell us they got their start learning about the hobby through REA catalogs. That’s a great feeling, even if it’s starting to make me feel old!”

    Catalogs for the auction begin mailing September 26, and bidding begins October 1. The final day for bidding will be Saturday, October 18. For a free catalog and to register for the auction, visit The company is already working on assembling their blockbuster spring auction, slated for April 2015, and is accepting consignments through the end of the year. To inquire about selling your items in one of the hobby’s most anticipated events, call 908-226-9900 or visit

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  • Baseball Card and Memorabilia Records Set in $8.5 Million Dollar REA Auction!

    May 9, 2014

    Collectors of high-end baseball cards and memorabilia were glued to Robert Edward Auctions as prices soared to astounding levels across the board during the record-setting April 26, 2014 auction.

    Ty Cobb, Robert Edward Auctions, REA

    An incredible 147 lots sold for $10,000 or more. Nine lots eclipsed the $100,000 mark. The total sales of $8.52 Million defined this sale as one of the largest and most successful baseball auctions in collecting history.

    A never-before-offered 1874 Boston Red Stockings Cigar poster featuring George Wright sold for $189,600. This set a new world record for a baseball-related advertising poster, and even more significantly, this result also represented a record price for any kind of American advertising poster ever.

    A 1968 Mickey Mantle jersey, originating from the personal collection of a Yankees batboy and purchased in 1985 as a personal keepsake of his favorite player for the then-princely sum of $5,000 (and, fortunately, kept safely all these years), stunned the owner with its final realized price of $201,450.

    Carlton Fisk’s iconic home run ball from Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, accompanied by a letter of provenance from Cincinnati Reds outfielder George Foster, drew national media attention and sold for $142,200.

    An outstanding 1916 Babe Ruth rookie card in EX-MT condition (reserve $25,000) was hammered down at $142,200.

    A newly-discovered example of 1887 N172 Old Judge tobacco card of Hall of Famer Deacon White, with his portrait on the card misidentified as “McGreachery,” was one of the most exciting 19th century card finds in recent years. One of only two examples known, the legendary Old Judge “McGreachery” rarity (res. $10,000) soared to an astounding $130,350. This auction result set a new record for any Old Judge tobacco card ever sold privately or at auction.

    The list of extraordinary record-setting prices seems almost endless. REA president Robert Lifson comments, “These results speak for themselves: about the quality of the material offered, about the appreciation of the collecting world for how REA presents items and conducts auctions, about the well-deserved trust collectors have in REA, and about the strength of the market.”

    Copies of the 694-page full-color premium catalog are also still available free of charge. Go to, click “Free Catalog,” and fill in your name and address. Robert Edward Auctions is currently assembling its next sale. For further information contact: Robert Edward Auctions, PO Box 7256, Watchung, NJ or call (908)-226-9900.

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