Some auctions just shoudn’t be missed because you never know what will be offered to the public. Clean Sweep Auctions sale #183 is live now and closes on June 1. It’s loaded with great material, including three very significant lots.
First up is a 1915 Cracker Jack complete set, with an overall grade of Ex-Mint. The auction description provides a bit more detail: “This is basically a superb Ex-Mt set, save for the backs. For better or worse, each card has an ink stamp (HGN) on the reverse, presumably the initials of a one-time owner.” Notables in the set include Plank PSA 5, Mack PSA 6, Comiskey PSA 6, Cobb PSA 6, Alexander PSA 6, Johnson PSA 6, Speaker PSA 6, Lajoie PSA 6, Wagner PSA 6, Mathewson PSA 6 and Shoeless Joe Jackson PSA 5. All carry a MK designation, resuling from the aforemention ink stamp on the backs.
A mid-grade 1952 Topps Baseball complete set is also in the mix, with Mantle graded PSA 3.5 and Pafko graded PSA 3.
One of the more intriguing lots is an outstanding scrapbook from the early 20th century, containing 500 cards, housing hundreds of tobacco and E cards, including four Ty Cobbs among the selection. The scrapbook is said to have been put together 100 years ago. While the cards are glued onto the pages, you will find 320 T206s (293 different), 15 T205s, 136 Colgan Chips, 27 E95/E96s, 26 Piedmont Art Stamps, two T222s and 60 cards of actresses and related subjects.
Other important complete sets in the auction include an E253 Oxford Confectionary set and the E126 American Caramel issue. Other higher grade sets available 1954 Red Heart, 1955 Bowman, 1957 Topps, 1961 Topps, 1962 Topps, 1965 Topps and 1971 Topps Greatest Moments.
Graded cards come next, with note to many better 19th-century HOF cards and a 1932 U.S. Caramel set offered as singles, with a Bobby Jones PSA 5, Red Ruffing PSA 8, Rogers Hornsby PSA 5 and a Lou Gehrig PSA 4.
A great consignment of New York Yankee autographs and memorabilia is spread throughout the auction, which features a stunning 1923 Yankees/Giants World Series framed collage filled with 29 signatures from members of both teams, including Babe Ruth, Miller Huggins, John McGraw, Casey Stengel and many more. The collage includes a 1923 World Series program.
Other notable aautographed items are a Henry Louis Gehrig check cut in a framed display, Miller Huggins 1924 Yankees payroll check, rare vintage signed Mickey Mantle 1953 Time agazine, several Ruthautographs, including an oversize photo, and a rare Urban Shocker cut.
Autographed cards are another very strong category, with partial signed sets of 1950 Bowman, 1951 Bowman and 1957 Topps in the sale.Collectors of Perez-Steele cards will see our best selection in some time, with a high-grade Alston, Averill and Cronin, and also a fine signed complete set.
Signed photos include a superb Grover Cleveland Alexander 8-by-10, stunning Roberto Clemente 8-by-10 and examples that feature Walter Johnson, Al Simmons and Cy Young. Collectors of smaller flats will see another Grover Cleveland Alexander, two high-grade Jimmie Foxx pieces, Mel Ott and a truly superb Wilbert Robinson cut. Collectors of letters will see a fine 1928 Charles Comiskey TLS and a terrific vintage signed 1953 Mickey Mantle TLS.
Baseball memorabilia is led by a 1911 Detroit Tigers imperial photo that is fresh to the hobby, 1923 and 1927 World Series tickets and a great full-size Pride of the Yankees original movie poster.
Basketball collectors will see complete 1948 Bowman and 1957-58 Topps sets. Clean Sweep also has many quality boxing autographs, including a fine John L. Sullivan signed cabinet card.
Football collectors will see some high quality unopened wax boxes from 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1977, an Alex Wojciechowicz signed Goal Line postcard and a superb near-set of signed Goal Line postcards.
Non-sport collectors will see perhaps our best offering ever, including a 1933 Dare Devils near set, a full 1933 Goudey Indians set, 1934 Skybirds set and a 1938 G-Men set.
Autographed baseballs conclude the auction with a bang. Single-signed balls include Earle Combs, Dizzy Dean, Lou Gehrig, Goose Goslin, Sandy Koufax, Roger Maris, a double-signed Tris Speaker and a superb President Truman.
Two really neat balls are 1960s vintage signed balls of Ken and Clete Boyer and Brooks and Frank Robinson. Team-signed baseballs include a 1931 Tour of Japan, a 1936 Yankees with a stunning Gehrig and a 1969 Mets with a real Gil Hodges.
For more information on this auction, visit www.csauctions.com or call (516) 338-8557.