Near-complete M116 set hits $31,770 in Clean Sweep

A nearly complete set (207 cards) of the 1911 M116 set that featured Near-Mint 7’s of Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson sold for $31,770 –┬áthe highest priced item to sell in Clean Sweep Auctions’ January event.
Clean Sweep president Steve Verkman said the event was “perhaps our best auction ever.”

While the auction of nearly 1,200 lots featured a wide array of unique memorabilia, autographs and stadium items, vintage baseball cards attracted many of the highest bids in the sale. A complete set of 1953 Topps Baseball cards, graded mostly ex-mt-plus, went for $9,262 (with buyer’s premium). Close on its heels was a 1949 Bowman Baseball set, in a similar grade, which sold for $8,510.

Other baseball lots that broke the $5,000 barrier were a complete set of 1934 Diamond Stars (VG-EX) that went for $7,132, a 1953 Bowman Color set (EX+) that sold for $6,316, and a 1955 Topps set (EX-MT+) that went for $5,463.

Rare autographed items also attracted premium prices at this sale. A letter written to a fan and signed by Lou Gehrig from June of 1930 sold for $7,653, while a single-signed Babe Ruth ball commanded a top bid of $5,358. Another Ruth-signed item, an 8-by-10 photo picturing the slugger after his playing days, sold for $3,479. Meanwhile, a single-signed photo or Rogers Hornsby tallied a sale price of $3,261.

The auction also featured a selection of autographs from former U.S. presidents. Leading the way was a land grant from 1805 signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison that sold for $3,795.

There were also nearly four dozen stadium seats for sale in this auction. Pacing the bidding was a Polo Grounds seat that sold for $2,151. An Ebbetts Field seat was close behind at $2,128.

The selection of game-used memorabilia was paced by a Roger Maris game-used bat that sold for $3,031. A Carl Furillo game-used bat went for $1,978.

Clean Sweep is currently seeking consignments for its May auction. The consignment deadline for the event is March 30. “We will have an amazing collection of 1920s and 1930s team balls from a former Oakland Oaks player,” Verkman said. “These will include Tour of Japan balls from both 1931 and 1934, with three different baseballs signed by either Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig. Another amazing item is a 1905 Cubs/Red Sox Original Imperial Print that is one of the most amazing pieces of early baseball memorabilia that we have seen.”

For more information, visit www.csauctions.com. The next Clean Sweep Auction, which is featured in a two-page advertisement in the March 17 issue of Sports Collectors Digest, concludes on March 29.

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