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Cap Anson 1895 N300 Mayo Cut Plug Card

  • July 20, 2014
  • Leighton Sheldon

“Antiquities” in vintage baseball cards initiated in the latter half of the 19th century.  One such product of that era is the highly desirable 1895 Mayo Cut Plug set. The date of production precedes both the American League and the World Series.  The cards were printed on rather low quality paper, leading to a lack of sustainability over the 100 plus years age of the set. The black borders lend to chipping and “white divots” decreasing the grade potential of these great 1800’s blank backed baseball cards. Cap Anson, the immortal former first baseman, manager and minority owner of the

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1955 Topps Sandy Koufax Rookie PSA 6

  • July 18, 2014
  • Leighton Sheldon

What would have happened if there was no teachers strike in Brooklyn in the early 1950’s, and Sandy Koufax had been able to play baseball at Lafayette High School? What if he played baseball, and not basketball, at the University of Cincinnati? What would have happened if his mother, Mrs. Braun, hadn’t remarried and he hadn't taken the adopted last name of Koufax? What if the Reds, Pirates, Braves or New York baseball Giants had signed him in 1954, and not his hometown Brooklyn Dodgers? The answer to all of those questions is simple:  we would never have seen “The

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The 1909 E92 Dockman & Sons Honus Wagner Collection

  • July 16, 2014
  • Leighton Sheldon

Last week, we acquired these two incredible cards from a long time collector, who resides in the New England area. Usually, when someone contacts us about selling their baseball cards, it's usually a collection of Hall of Famers, or a run of vintage sets. Conversely, this collector had a smaller collection of cards, but only wanted to sell a few. When I was young, the only cards I was willing to sell were groups of commons and of my lower end cards, and I'd keep all the valuable ones. The thought process was, that if I could sell just my

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1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio Yankees PSA 6

  • July 14, 2014
  • Leighton Sheldon

War raged in Europe and Asia.  Tensions were taut in other parts of the world.  And baseball reigned in the sports arena in these last few months of peace in the United States. Enter Gum, Incorporated, and its third issue of baseball themed trading cards.  The Philadelphia based confectioner, founded by Jacob Bowman, controlled over 60% of the bubble gum market in that period.  In the late 1930’s, Gum, Inc., added various trading cards to packs of their main product, and in 1939 through 1941, Gum, Inc. issued annual baseball themed series.  The 2-1/2” by 3-1/8” cards were larger than

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The Volunteer Collection

  • July 02, 2014
  • Leighton Sheldon

Honestly, I don't even know where to begin. This collection is so magnificent, that we could spend hours, or even days, awing over every card. It's being referred to as the "Volunteer Collection", as it comes from Knoxville, TN - home of the Volunteers. Dating back decades ago, nestled deep into the valleys of Tennessee, one collector began his journey of assembling an extraordinary collection of vintage Hall of Famers. Today, we're happy to share and be an integral part of his story. The gentleman, who lived just minutes away from the University of Tennessee, began collecting baseball cards during

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