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October 24, 2013

If there was any trepidation about breaking from the long standing once-a-year format, it quickly evaporated once the dust began to settle at Robert Edward Auctions early Sunday morning.


The company’s inaugural Fall Auction generated $3.06 million in sales led by extremely strong showings for the hundreds of vintage, rare and high grade baseball cards and historic memorabilia items that have been the REA trademark.

The Fall Auction marked a big milestone for REA, which has operated on a one auction per year basis since the company’s inception. Delivered in the spring, the huge catalog has always been highly anticipated by collectors. The Fall 2013 catalog was smaller by design but drew a crowd of bidders that weren’t shy about chasing after the 1,140 lots.

“This auction exceeded all of our expectations,” said company president Robert Lifson. “We had a little bit of everything but a big part of the auction was our experimenting with breaking up extremely high grade sets. We were very pleased with the results. Collectors were very excited about the chance to bid in another REA auction in October and the feedback from consignors has been just as clear and maybe even louder. They were thrilled.”

A remarkable 12,231 bids were placed from open to close and there were 456 different winning bidders.

Four high grade vintage card sets that were broken up, allowing collectors to more easily acquire what they needed, all alone represented 35% of the auction lots. In most cases, the results far surpassed expectations—and ‘book’ value.

• The #3 ranked 1956 Topps baseball set on the PSA Set Registry was offered as 110 different lots. The SMR value of the set was $137,985, but at REA the set realized a total of $188,593 representing a remarkable across-the-board 36% premium to book value.

• A high-grade collection of eighty 1958 Topps cards with a total SMR value of $17,520 sold for a combined $36,794. In addition, two PSA 10s from the same set sold for a astounding $6,517 each.

• The #5 ranked 1955 Topps All-American football set was offered in 30 different lots. The SMR value was $36,875 and the set realized $40,883 in total.

• Every card in the #1 T205 Gold Border set? on the PSA Set Registry? was sold as an individual lot, and at the end of the night, the set hammered down at a combined $321,076, including $23,500 for Christy Mathewson graded NM-MT 8 by PSA.

The first lot in the auction was perhaps the sale’s greatest highlight and fittingly drew the largest bid. 126 years after it was placed in a store to promote trading cards of ‘base ball’ players available in Old Judge cigarettes, the display poster which features 19th century stars and somehow survived destruction, realized $112,575. “There was a tremendous amount of interest in the Old Judge display. This is the first Old Judge baseball card store display we have ever offered at auction. They are so rare that there is naturally very little price history. So it was interesting to see so many bidders instantly recognize the value of the piece, thinking for themselves, and bid accordingly. It’s a strong sign of a very healthy market for the very best items in general, as well as a sign of tremendous appreciation by collectors for this item in particular.”

A Ty Cobb pro model bat dating the 1916-1919 period which could be traced directly to the hands of Ty Cobb and which once resided in the legendary personal collection of pioneer collector and noted bat expert Michael Montbriand, found a new home at a price of $65,175.

As bidding wound down late Saturday, the Boston Red Sox were earning another trip to the World Series and two key pieces of Bosox memorabilia were getting some extra attention from bidders. A 1955 Ted Williams game-worn road jersey sold for $77,025 while a 2004 Red Sox World Series ring with original box tallied $32,587.

Finding a truly game-worn Michael Jordan jersey is a challenge. Even though they’re often labeled as such, many are actually just game issued or even replicas. However, REA was able to present a 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball jersey worn by Jordan that came with a letter of authenticity directly from Jordan’s foundation. Originally purchased at a 1992 fundraising gala, the jersey was also graded A10 by MEARS and sold for $53,325.

T206 cards featuring rare advertising backs continue to generate interest and one card illustrated how much that sector of the hobby has grown. A Walter Johnson graded SGC 60 and featuring a Broad Leaf Tobacco ad sold for an astounding $65,175.

A T206 Tris Speaker featuring a Drum Tobacco ad on the back and graded PSA 4 sold for a remarkable $32,587 while a Rube Marquard Uzit back, graded PSA 7 (highest graded) brought $18,960.

The 1955 Ebbets Field Model Recreation by artist Steve Wolf was one of the most fascinating items ever offered by REA. It was hammered down at $47,400. With over 50,000 separate pieces and over 1,800 hours invested in its creation, this is the first and only Steve Wolf stadium model to ever be presented at auction. All other Steve Wolf stadium creations have been by commission. This model is the only one ever produced by Wolf as his own pet project, and the detail and work involved was greater than that of any of his other stadium projects, all of which are renowned as masterpieces. The buyer has volunteered that he hopes to someday display the 1955 Ebbets Field Model Recreation in a museum, and that is certainly where this remarkable work would be most at home.


REA is now accepting consignments for its next auction, set for the spring of 2014. To inquire about consignments, learn more about Robert Edward Auctions, view all auction results, register for future auctions, or receive a complimentary copy of the catalog, visit For further information, contact Robert Edward Auctions, PO Box 7256, Watchung, NJ 07069, or call (908) 226-9900.

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Steve Wolf’s Extraordinary Ebbets Field Model Coming to Robert Edward Auctions (REA)

August 30, 2013

This could possibly be the most incredible sports art made by a human hands, and it can be yours.

**steve wolf ebbets field model**

From the ballparks of the Golden Era, Ebbets Field is the crowning jewel of them all, with it’s iconic scoreboard and famous advertising signs.

Sadly, Ebbets Field is gone forever, save for the memories. But for those who never had the opportunity to visit or see what is perhaps baseball’s most venerable ballpark of old, Ebbets Field is once again brought to life in the form of this extraordinary scale model created by artist Steve Wolf. It would be impossible to fully communicate in words or even in pictures the true magnitude of this artistic work. It must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Steve Wolf stadium models are designed to be astounding, and they are, indeed, literally a major attraction wherever displayed, be it a public venue as intended, corporate venue, major league baseball museum, or as a centerpiece in a private museum or sports room. This may be Steve Wolf’s single most extraordinary work, and, simply put, it is one of the most incredible sports art creations ever made by a human hands, not machine.

steve wolf ebbets field model

steve wolf ebbets field model

steve wolf ebbets field model

steve wolf ebbets field model

steve wolf ebbets field model

**steve wolf ebbets field model**

**steve wolf ebbets field model**

**steve wolf ebbets field model**

Here’s the descripiton for the upcoming REA fall auction and some pictures of this amazing model.

The replica of Ebbets Field, which depicts the ballpark exactly as it was in 1955, recreates the stadium to the most exacting detail, and is complete with working light towers and interior lighting under both decks. Wolf, who is the foremost model-stadium builder in the country, spent over 1,800 hours in producing this model, which, as one can clearly see by the images shown here, is nothing short of miraculous. What is even more amazing is the fact that ninety-five percent of the materials used in its construction, including various woods, Plexiglas, copper, plastics, and virtually every other building material under the sun, were meticulously hand cut by Wolf. In all, more than 50,000 pieces make up the stadium, including approximately 32,000 seats, all of which were meticulously put together by hand. While we could go on and on extolling the virtues of this piece and remarking upon how impressive it is in person, words are simply not enough and we urge bidders to visit Wolf’s website:

There, one can see many more photos of the piece, find additional information about the artist, and view other examples of his extraordinary work.

While the aesthetic appeal of the piece speaks for itself, what struck us most was how exact the piece is, right down to even the most trivial details (the custom field surface even captures the mower-cut design of the time). Wolf related that he began the project by examining the original blueprints for the stadium, which he used as his basis for construction. He then examined literally hundreds of old photos of Ebbets Field, taken from every angle imaginable, inside and out, in order to faithfully recreate the ballpark. Even though Wolf has constructed models of sixteen other major league stadium through the years (the entire population of stadium models created over the past fifteen years is so modest due to the enormous amount of time required for construction), each new commission poses new challenges. As he remarks on his website:

No two-ball parks are alike. A lot of research goes into building a stadium/ballpark model: the photographic history, back engineering to scale different sizes, LED technology, color, and deciding which materials will be used. There are the geometric shapes of the grand stands, the outfields, period wall ads, the different exterior facades with their unique windows and arch designs. Even the light towers take on their own architectural characteristics as well. They are all different.

This is only the second Ebbets Field model produced by Wolf, however, as he points out, this is the first Ebbets Field model he has built that faithfully captures the stadium as it was in the 1950s. His first Ebbets Field commission depicted the stadium as it was when it originally opened in 1913 and did not incorporate the many major renovations made to the stadium during the 1930s and 1940s, in particular the extension of the double-deck seating from the left field foul line throughout left field and angling across to the center field. This is Ebbets Field during the club’s glory years of the 1950s and the only one of its kind created by Wolf. Equally important is the fact that this particular model is the only one Wolf has ever produced on his own. All of his other projects have been by special commission.

It should be further noted that the cost of such commissions are substantial and reflect both Wolf’s time and immense skill as well as materials. The waiting time for a commission is approximately one year. This Ebbets Field model has actually been under construction for considerably longer as the detail and work involved has been greater than any other stadium project. While the price for each stadium is dependent upon many factors, Wolf’s starting commission price is usually not less than $50,000, and he told us that had this been a commission work, he would not have charged less than $75,000.

The base of the piece, which sits on a custom table (60.5 x 47.25 x 32 inches), measures nearly four feet by five feet (45 x 58 inches) and the model itself weighs approximately sixty pounds. A custom-designed glass top (half-inch in thickness; 55.5 x 43 x 18.5 inches), which weighs over 300 pounds, covers the piece for protection. This model is currently located in the midwest (where it can be viewed upon request!) and can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States. As an added bonus, the piece will be personally delivered by the artist, Steve Wolf, who will assist in helping the winning bidder set up the model and, if possible, help make any custom alterations to the table as well.

Please Note: There will be a delivery charge at cost for vehicle rental and travel from Illinois for this lot, which, depending upon its destination, may be substantial (the delivery expense from Illinois to New York, for example, is approximately $2,000). For practical reasons, REA’s overseeing of arrangements for delivery by artist Steve Wolf is only available in the continental United States. Arrangements with art transport companies can be made for delivery outside the continental United States, but for International delivery these arrangements will be the responsibility of the winning bidder.

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