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1887 N172 Old Judge Roger Connor SGC 30

  • August 24, 2014
  • Leighton Sheldon

1887 N172 Old Judge Roger Connor SGC 30Dads and baseball have always kind of gone together, and that bonding crossed into sports and recreation, especially in baseball.  In the late 19th century, tobacco producers began inserting “paper items, specifically photographs of “Base Ball” players in their packs of cigarettes, Dad smoked and sons got the cards. The Goodwin Company issued a colossal set of “Base Ball” player cards from 1887 through 1890, the total number of cards included remains unknown.  Goodwin added the cards

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1887 N172 Old Judge John Ward NY SGC 10

  • August 22, 2014
  • Leighton Sheldon

1887 N172 Old Judge John Ward New York SGC 10From the largest set of baseball cards ever produced, the New York Giants Hall of Famer John Ward stands as presiding over the Polo Grounds and Major League baseball in this evocative “Hands behind his back” pose from the 1887 Old Judge baseball card set. The “Captain” of the Giants appears in an incredible twenty different poses or variations in this Giant of all baseball sets ever produced.  More than 3,500 separate

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The Terrapin Tobacco Treasury

  • August 20, 2014
  • Leighton Sheldon

T206 Tris SpeakerTobacco was first grown in the colony of Maryland in the late 1600’s, and by 1740, was the leading revenue-earner for the Land of Crabcakes located at the northern end of the USA’s Piedmont region.  Who knew that the cash crop, with the addition of images of baseball players in packs, would become a “cash crop” for a Maryland collector’s family recently? Just Collect was provided with a plethora of gorgeous 1909-11 T206 white border cards, with a smattering of gold-edged T205s in the collection. 

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1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson Rookie PSA 6

  • July 23, 2014
  • Leighton Sheldon

Jackie Robinson Rookie 1948 Leaf #79Jackie Robinson broke the color line in major league baseball in 1947, and his rookie card, issued by the Leaf Gum Company one year later, broke the color line in post-war baseball card sets.  The skip-numbered set featured the Brooklyn Dodgers sparkplug to six World Series during his career, along with a host of past and future Hall of Fame Players. This Leaf Jackie Robinson rookie card, #79 in the 98 card set, displays near-perfect side-to-side and top-to-bottom centering.  It continues to

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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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