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1948 Leaf Babe Ruth

  • July 20, 2012
  • Leighton Sheldon

1948 Leaf #3 Babe Ruth Yankees SGC 60Contrary to what some believe, Leaf didn’t put Babe Ruth into its 1948 set as a ‘tribute’ after the Bambino’s death.  Ruth died in August of 1948 and the Leaf Candy Company’s cards had already been on the market for awhile.  It’s likely true, however, that his failing health may have had something to do with his inclusion in the set, some 13 years after he played in his last game. The ’48 Leaf Babe Ruth is no less popular with collectors of vintage

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1895 N300 Mayo’s Cut Plug

  • June 26, 2012
  • Leighton Sheldon

1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug Kid Nichols HOF Boston SGC 30There are vintage baseball cards and then there are antiques.  The 1895 N300 Mayo’s Cut Plug set definitely falls into the latter category.  These 117-year-old trading cards pre-date the origin of baseball’s World Series.  The players featured in the set include baseball’s earliest superstars.  They’re pioneers, really, and to see them pictured on those early trading cards is to harken back to a hardscrabble game just beginning to make its national imprint. A couple of weeks ago, we had six cards

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1910 M116 Sporting Life Baseball Cards

  • June 15, 2012
  • Leighton Sheldon

1910 M116 Sporting Life Roger Bresnahan Blue Background St. Louis SGC 84 pop 2While the American Tobacco Company was trying to entice cigarette smokers by inserting cards into packages during the 1909-1911 era, there was another battleground for the sports fan’s dollar going on. The Sporting News and The Sporting Life were two competing sports weeklies during the era and in 1910, the latter publication chose to use baseball cards to woo fans. Every week, The Sporting Life offered readers the chance to mail in a coupon from the paper in

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1967 Topps Tom Seaver Rookie SGC 92

  • April 03, 2012
  • Leighton Sheldon

Offered here is a 1967 Topps #581 Tom Seaver Rookie HOF Mets SGC 92.  This is 1 of just 11 cards graded SGC 92, and there are only 10 examples graded higher.  This is a beautiful example of the Seaver rookie, receiving an 8.5 on a 10 point scale. Just shy of a 9, this card features a pack fresh appearance with razor sharp corners. It also exhibits a clean surface with impeccable centering on the back, with its only flaw having 62/38 centering on the front, instead of the required 60/40 centering for a Mint 9 grade. Seaver, nicknamed

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1921 E121 American Caramel Ty Cobb SGC 40

  • March 30, 2012
  • Leighton Sheldon

The 1920’s may be regarded as the ‘Golden Age of Sport’ for the 20th Century, but they sure didn’t produce a heck of a lot of baseball cards.  While the first two decades of the century provided us so many great tobacco and caramel issues, the 1920’s are more of a bridge between the bygone tobacco era and the dawning of the gum era spawned by Goudey’s initial issues of the early 1930s. That is why we consider the American Caramel E121 Ty Cobb SGC 40 that we’re offering on eBay right now so special.  It’s one of just a handful of trading card

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