Robert Edward Auctions is making a grand entrance into the new year with an extraordinary Encore event, featuring a comprehensive collection of sports memorabilia that spans over 180 years of history. This highly anticipated auction, consisting of nearly 3,700 lots, showcases some of the most unique and oldest items ever offered in the realm of sports memorabilia, with a particular focus on baseball.
One of the standout pieces in this auction is a signed receipt from Alexander Cartwright, a recognized pioneer in the world of baseball, dating all the way back to 1842. Not only does this item impress with its age, but it also holds significant value due to its direct connection to a seminal figure in the early history of the sport.
Another remarkable item from the 19th century featured in the auction is the extremely rare 1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco John Clarkson “Throwing” card. Graded EX 5, this card is the sole PSA-graded example featuring the Hall of Fame pitcher and outfielder, making it an absolute rarity for collectors.
Adding to the allure of this auction is a personal scorecard belonging to Harry Wright, a prominent figure in early baseball history. Dated to a June 22, 1883 game between Philadelphia and the Providence Grays, which Wright managed, this one-of-a-kind item is scored in both pencil and blue ink, bears Wright’s signature, and has been graded a 9 by PSA.
Kicking off the auction is a highly sought-after SGC 1.5 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card, one of many Mantle items available. In addition, the auction boasts over 250 autographed items, featuring signatures from iconic baseball figures of the past.
Brian Dwyer, President of REA, expressed his enthusiasm for this Encore Auction, noting it as one of the strongest the company has ever held. He emphasized the wide selection of signed items and iconic cards available in various grades, catering to collectors of all types.
Among the other remarkable pieces up for grabs in REA’s January Auction are a 1914 E145 Cracker Jack #37 Grover Alexander SGC VG 3 card, a 1986 Topps Football #374 Steve Young Rookie SGC GEM MINT 10 card, a Babe Ruth cut signature, a 1938 Lou Gehrig signed postcard, a 1924 Walter Johnson signed album page, and a 1939 Honus Wagner signed Baseball Centennial First-Day Cover. The auction also features a trio of 1954 Topps #128 Hank Aaron rookie cards, a 1957 Topps Football #138 Johnny Unitas Rookie BVG NM-MT 8 card, and early Michael Jordan cards, among others.
Not to be overlooked, the auction includes signed checks from legends such as Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, and Roberto Clemente. The T206 offerings are vast, with over 720 options available, including cards with rare advertising backs and cards featuring rare Carolina Brights backs.
As is customary with REA’s Encore Auctions, all items have a starting bid of $10. Bidding for this diverse and historic collection is now open on the company’s website and will run through January 21. This presents collectors and enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to own a piece of baseball history and rare memorabilia that transcends time.