Iowa really is a Field of Dreams, and it’s not just the movie site in Dyersville where dreams come true.
Iowa is also the locale that a stellar find of prewar sets have been unearthed that are fresh to the hobby and have caused many additions and revisions to the PSA population reports.
E.C. McCoid was an avid reader of The Sporting News and a big Cubs fan in Iowa. He loved baseball and collected the sets produced at the time. The cards remained virtually untouched by the family all this time and will be offered by Mile High Card Co. in its next sale running from Sept. 23-Oct. 10.
Among the highlights is a 1917 Collins-McCarthy (E135) blank back complete set, all PSA graded. Many examples are the highest graded of their kind and this find doubled the number graded by PSA to date. Babe Ruth is graded a PSA 5, and he is joined by Joe Jackson (PSA 6.5), Ty Cobb (PSA 6), Walter Johnson (PSA 7), Tris Speaker (PSA 7) and the Rogers Hornsby rookie (PSA 6.5).
“The set is exceedingly rare and this one is spectacular,” said Mile High’s Brian Drent. “He collected this stuff in 1916-17 and the family has had it ever since. It’s basically untouched.”
But that’s not the only stellar set in the find. McCoid also had a 1916 M101-4 Sporting News blank back set with the Ruth rookie graded a PSA 3.5. Drent, who thinks the Ruth card will bring $80,000-$100,000, said the cards are super high-grade but 198 of 200 have a roller mark from the production of the card, resulting in lower technical grades.
Another popular set will be the 1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinets.
“This is first time these cards are available in the hobby, and the cards are fresh,” Drent said. “We expect a lot of interest and hoopla surrounding these cards.”
Aside from the McCoid Collection, Drent offered up many other highlights, including a T206 Eddie Plank PSA 5, T206 Christy Mathewson in a dark cap graded 8.5 (one Drent calls the nicest high-grade T206 HOFer he’s ever offered) and a T204 Ramly Walter Johnson graded PSA 6.
Goudeys are a nice draw in the sale, led by a 1933 final production uncut sheet featuring a yellow Babe Ruth and four other Hall of Famers. There’s also a 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig graded PSA 8 and a 1933 World Wide Gum No. 80 Ruth graded SGC 86.
Postwar and Mickey Mantle collectors will be busy during the Mile High auction. Offered is a 1952 Topps Baseball master set that has every card graded a PSA 7 or PSA 8. Only Andy Pafko and Mantle are missing from the set, which will be broken up.
There’s also a 1955 Bowman Baseball master set that resides at No. 6 on the PSA Set Registry and a 1965 Topps Baseball set with a GPA of 9.037.
Mantle collectors will be drooling over a 1951 Bowman graded SGC 96, along with these other high-grade specimens: 1954 Dan-Dee PSA 9, 1954 Bowman PSA 9, 1953 Topps PSA 8, 1956 Topps PSA 9, 1959 Topps PSA 9, 1963 Topps PSA 9, 1964 Topps PSA 9, 1965 Topps PSA 9 and a Gem Mint card of his 1967 Topps.
On the memorabilia side of things, look for Roger Maris’ 1960 MVP award (the edition kept by the manufacturer), 1982 St. Louis Cardinals player or front office size World Series trophy, Roberto Clemente single-signed ball (PSA 9), 1963-65 game-used batting helmet of Mantle and a Type 1 George Burke photo signed by Jimmie Foxx.
These and hundreds of other lots are available in the sale that kicks off Sept. 23. For more information, visit www.milehighcardco.com or call (303) 840-2784.