Hobby veteran Lew Lipset has been out of the auction game for about one year, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t spend his downtime accumulating his usual assortment of prewar and vintage rarities, sets, new discoveries and more.
His latest auction can be found at oldjudge.com and ends Nov. 6. Lipset’s sale features a complete run of the 1867-68 Ballplayers Chronicle; a rare Lone Jack card; N28 Allen & Ginter set of 50; Hastings Print of the 1888 Boston team; more than 25-30 cards from N43, N162, N172, N173, N284 and N300 and more in the 19th-century card category.
A large amount of graded card lots are also offered in the auction, including many T206 and “E” cards. The sale also offers Honus Wagner cards, including an E90-2, E101, E103, W555, E286 Ju Ju Drum and PC760 Rose postcard.
Prewar sets of note include an R319 high-grade Goudey set broken into 15 lots, with 109 cards graded and 76 PSA 7 or higher; V300 O-Pee-Chee die-cut set; Delongs set; W502 set; R303A Gold Medal set of the rare extended issue; another 1933 Goudey set; 1941 Goudey set; 1941 Playball set; top condition 1961-1963 Post Cereal sets; near-complete 1925 Exhibit set broken into seven lots; a collection of the strip card sets of the 1920s and more.
Topps and Bowman sets include a 1956 Topps set with almost all the cards graded PSA 8 OC, with the small balance graded higher, a 1948 Bowman set and almost all the Topps sets from 1953-75, with several being near-mint out-of-the-pack sets.
In addition, Lipset said his sale will offer the best autograph section he’s had in a long time, with 20 autographed lots including Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Nap Lajoie, Grover Alexander, Honus Wagner, Tris Speaker and Bobby Jones.
Lipset’s postcard section features 26 lots including 11 PC773 Detroit Free press including Cobb, a Van Oeyen real photo Lajoie, a Thum movie postcard of Joe McGinnity, three team postcards of the Pirates and more. He also mentioned a Rose postcard of Honus Wagner and two early real photos with Ruth and more.
There are also strong sections of other sports and non-sports, which include the best boxing section he has ever offered (17 lots), highlighted by a group of 20 N266 Lorillard and eight T226 Red Sun. The football section is highlighted by the collection of Amos Alonzo
Stagg’s Spalding football guides, many of which are autographed by him and have his name embossed on presentation copies.
Basketball contains a Kansas student’s collection of almost all the programs in Wilt Chamberlains first year at Kansas, including the Final Four program vs. North Carolina. Hockey has several near and complete vintage sets. Golf has an assortment of better cards and other items. The sale is concluded with 22 lots of non-sports. u