The January Encore Auction at Robert Edward Auctions is a must-see for collectors of vintage sports cards and memorabilia. Showcasing rare items dating back to the 19th century, this event offers a treasure trove of historical artifacts. With over 3,700 items spanning more than 180 years of sports history, there is something for every collector.
Among the highlights of this auction are two exceptional items. The first is a signed 1842 receipt by Alexander Cartwright, a prominent baseball executive and one of the founding members of the New York Knickerbockers. This artifact offers a glimpse into the early days of America’s pastime and is a true gem for any baseball enthusiast. The second standout item is an 1888 tobacco card featuring John Clarkson, a renowned player of his era. This card is a testament to the enduring popularity of sports trading cards and is highly sought after by collectors.
Brian Dwyer, the President of Robert Edward Auctions, expressed his excitement for this auction, noting the impressive array of signed items and iconic cards available. Collectors will find signatures from legendary figures such as Lou Gehrig, Walter Johnson, and Honus Wagner. One particular card that stands out is the 1888 N403 Yum Yum Tobacco John Clarkson Throwing card, graded PSA EX 5. This card is a true rarity and will undoubtedly catch the attention of serious collectors.
In addition to the signed items, there are several other notable pieces in this auction. One example is an 1883 Harry Wright-signed scorecard from a game between Philadelphia and Wright’s Providence Grays. This scorecard provides a fascinating glimpse into the early days of professional baseball. Other exciting items include a 1938 Lou Gehrig-signed postcard, a 1924 Walter Johnson-signed album page, a 1939 Honus Wagner-signed Baseball Centennial First-Day Cover, and a Babe Ruth cut signature. The auction also features checks signed by baseball icons like Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, and Roberto Clemente.
For collectors of vintage cards, this auction offers a wide selection of both baseball and football cards. Highlights include a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card, a 1914 E145 Cracker Jack Grover Alexander rookie card, a 1910-1911 M116 Sporting Life Honus Wagner card, multiple 1954 Topps #128 Hank Aaron rookie cards, and a 1957 Topps Football Johnny Unitas rookie card. Additionally, there are hundreds of T206 cards, including rare finds like the Ty Cobb Portrait Red Background and cards with rare Carolina Brights backs. Modern card enthusiasts can also find gems like a 1986 Topps Football Steve Young rookie card and early Michael Jordan cards from 1984 and 1985.
The Robert Edward Auctions’ January Encore Event is a testament to the enduring appeal and value of vintage sports memorabilia and cards. With its diverse and historically rich collection, this auction is sure to captivate collectors from all walks of life. Whether you are a fan of baseball, football, or basketball, there is something extraordinary waiting to be discovered in this remarkable selection of items. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own a piece of sports history.