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REA’s $9.5 Million Baseball Card Auction Sets Countless Records!!!

1910 Joe Jackson Card Sells For Record $200,000; Lou Gehrig Jersey $329,000; T206 Wagner hammered down at $188,000; Countless Baseball Card Auction Records Shattered At REA!!!

Watchung, New Jersey. The strength of the high-end baseball card and memorabilia market amazed collectors at Robert Edward’s record-setting May 7, 2011 auction. An astounding 179 lots sold for $10,000 or more. Collectors, dealers, and market watchers look to REA’s annual event as the key barometer of the health of the market and the most important auction event of the year. According to REA president Robert Lifson, “The market was extremely strong. If everything went perfect we were expecting the total to be maybe $7 million to $8 million. The results came in at $9.5 million. That about says it all.” The secret? ”Great material, care in cataloguing, the biggest circulation, extensive research and authentication, the well-deserved confidence of buyers, and an emphasis on the integrity of the auction process. It’s a powerful combination.” By any measure, this was one of the most successful auctions in the history of collecting. “It was also the smoothest running auction in all respects, including collecting the money. You’d think that there would be a few delays here and there in collecting money and getting it in the hands of consignors when you’re talking about $9.5 million dollars. There weren’t. That’s another extremely strong area for REA. All consignors were paid in full, 100 cents on the dollar with no adjustments due to nonpaying bidders, and in record time. That’s the standard we strive for and achieve at REA when it comes to paying consignors. Perfection. Consignors really appreciate getting paid 100 cents on the dollar.”

The stunning prices on all nineteenth and early twentieth century baseball cards and memorabilia precisely totaled a staggering $9.532 million dollars across 1743 lots. The average lot sold for $5,472. The Lou Gehrig jersey and the Lou Gehrig bat selling for $329,000 and $176,250 respectively - both records for these items- paced the memorabilia offerings. The bat was a personal gift from Gehrig to his neighbor. “This was the best Gehrig bat we’ve ever seen. Because of the provenance, it doesn’t get any better.” The bat last sold at auction eleven years ago for $50,000. “That was a record price in 2000, and $176,250 is a record price in 2011. It may be a long time before we see this bat again. When we do, my guess is it will be a lot higher still. This is an incredible bat.” The bat was not the only Gehrig item of special note in the auction. “The Lou Gehrig jersey was also particularly exciting. It had previously sold so recently - just two years ago - for $240,000, and usually when unique big-ticket items are offered again so soon they sell for a lot less. That’s to be expected. It’s the nature of markets and collectibles. Add to this the fact that the jersey was reevaluated and graded at a lower level in the current auction than its 2009 sale elsewhere, in addition to attempts by adversaries to create additional controversy - trying to put a negative spin on our authentication analysis and even questioning the authenticity of the jersey itself - and it wouldn’t have been surprising if it sold for a significant discount. The consignor certainly expected to take a big hit. But that’s not what happened! REA’s online presentation and analysis of photographs of Gehrig - photos in which he is wearing this very jersey - really made a difference. People could see for themselves this was really Gehrig’s jersey and he was wearing it. Instead of selling for less than in 2009 elsewhere, the jersey sold for $89,000 more at REA in 2011. And this was with the jersey graded a “7″ instead of a “9″ (on a scale of “1 to 10″ primarily for condition)!”

lot-1Vintage Cards Prices Soar At REA: REA is first and foremost a baseball card auction, so it is not surprising that the big money, as usual, was in the cards: The T206 Wagner (reserve $25,000) proved once again that it can always be counted on to sell for well into six figures in any grade. In this case, a restored example sold for $188,000. And not just the T206 Wagner but all things related to the famous T206 set were very strong. The T206 Eddie Plank in Very Good to Excellent condition (reserve $10,000; estimate $25,000+) sold for $94,000, a new record price for the grade. T206 Magie Error cards in VG and VG-EX condition realized $17,625 and $23,500 respectively. Even a second T206 Plank, heavily trimmed and encapsulated as “Authentic”, sold for a remarkable $41,125. ”Interest in this card was helped by its rare back. Almost all Planks have Sweet Caporal backs. The Piedmont back made this example very special. For T206 collectors, especially as interest in backs is growing like wildfire, this card is a big deal in any grade. It also happened to be a nice looking card. The bigger message is simply that while we’ve always known that interest in all things related to the T206 set is huge, it’s growing!” REA speculates that the unusual cut of the trimmed Plank may actually be related to the rarity of the card. “All of the few known Planks with Piedmont backs appear to have unusual cuts.”

The offering of an extremely rare T206 Brown Lennox back example, missing from virtually all advanced collections, did not go unnoticed. “This was the first example we have ever offered, let alone in Excellent condition,” notes REA president Robert Lifson. “We had no idea what to expect.” Neither did anyone else. With a reserve of $1,000 and an estimate of “open” (indicating that not enough historical pricing information was available to allow REA to provide a meaningful estimate), a frenzy of bidding sent this extreme T206 rarity to the stratosphere with a final selling price of $29,375. “The buyer’s still recovering. But we think he’ll be OK. Seriously, the buyer has no regrets and is very happy. We can understand why. In forty years, this is the only Brown Lenox example we have ever even seen, let alone offered; it is the highest grade example known; and no T206 advertising back collection is complete without one. The price may seem crazy but that’s what they said about Wagners and Planks and Ty Cobb with Ty Cobb backs years ago. Anything related to the T206 set will always be important. It may be another 40 years before we see another.”

The T210 Old Mill of Joe Jackson (reserve $25,000; est. $50,000+), which has been gaining in stature for years, crushed all previous sales, setting a new all-time record auction selling price at $200,000. A 1933 Goudey #106 Nap Lajoie (PSA 8 NM-MT), universally recognized as one of card collecting’s most desirable rarities, realized $52,875. This very card had been purchased by the consignor just months earlier (November 2010) at auction elsewhere for $43,880. “He may have just gotten a good buy,” notes REA president Robert Lifson, “but for such a high profile card to sell for over 20% more in such a short time, this suggests that the market may just be getting stronger, especially for the most classic marquee cards. Consignors across the board were very happy but it’s naturally a very tall order to surprise them with stronger-than-expected results on big ticket items that have sold so recently elsewhere.”

lot-3The 1886 Kalamazoo Bats of Jim O’Rourke had not seen the light of day since it was purchased by the consignor in 1991 for $6,050 at the famous Jim Copeland Sotheby’s auction. It realized $58,750, setting an all-time record price for this classic nineteenth-century card. “Interesting background story on this card” notes REA’s Robert Lifson. “The consignor was not a nineteenth-century card collector. He was a Mickey Mantle collector. When he consigned his cards to REA, he pulled this card out and we were very surprised. We asked how it came to be that he had this incredible card? He explained that in 1991 he wandered into the preview of the Copeland auction at Sotheby’s in New York. He happened to see this card, liked it, and on a lark decided to buy it at the auction.” He had never bought a pre-1900 card before or since and it sat in a drawer with his original receipt for the next twenty years. Lifson adds, “He was very pleased with the auction result.”

Additional extraordinary highlights: Jake Daubert’s 1919 Cincinnati Reds World Series championship pin consigned directly from Jake Daubert’s granddaughter sold for an astounding $94,000. The only other 1919 World Series championship pin known to exist in private hands that has ever been auctioned was the one presented to third baseman Heinie Groh. His family sold his award decades ago. Like many of the baseball-collecting world’s greatest treasures, it wound up in the legendary Barry Halper Collection. Buried in a mountain of rare and valuable items in the 1999 Barry Halper Collection auction conducted by Sotheby’s, it sold for $17,250 at that time.

A newly-discovered E90-1 American Caramel card of Joe Jackson, found in a small collection consigned by a non-collector, sold for an impressive $32,312. An extraordinary near-complete set of 1910 T210 Old Mill tobacco cards was broken into nine lots and realized $107,512. The most comprehensive collection of Zeenut PCL candy cards that REA has ever offered was presented in forty lots and realized an astounding total of $232,297. The complete set run 1909-1911 Obak Tobacco cards, offered by set, also set auction records, selling for a total of $79,125. “These were special sets, by far the best we’ve ever seen” notes REA’s Lifson. “Because of their strong condition, they deserved to set records. These came from the collection of legendary pioneer collector Jack Pollard, one of the all time greats in the field. I have no idea where he got them but it was great to see that all three sets were won by the same person and will remain together.”

Additional Highlights:

lot-4A newly-discovered variation of the 1889 E.R. Williams playing card set (res. $5,000) generated a tremendous amount of bidder interest. Collectors recognized its significance, rarity, and the fact that it is unlikely that another set will ever surface. The set surfaced for the first time at another auction in November 2010 and was purchased by REA’s consignor for $10,000. Consigned to REA, it soared to $70,500. Lifson comments: “We knew the consignor got a great deal but we’re only talking about it selling for $10,000 a few months earlier. It was obviously overlooked when it first came up, and I think we made an impressive presentation of explaining the enormous significance of the set that obviously resonated with collectors. Our consignor was thrilled. He says he owes us dinner. But we think the buyer did pretty well too. The cards really are that special. It was exciting to present all the information on the set in the ideal way and see that the most advanced collectors in the field agree and respond. Results like this, when we can shine a light on the great significance of items that have been or might be overlooked, and help their true value be realized, that’s when we know we’ve done our job right. We’ve earned our keep. We’re taking the dinner!”

The Louisiana Find: One of the most exciting vintage card finds in modern times was represented by “The Louisiana Find”. When this collection of 1910 era tobacco cards from a noncollecting Louisiana family “walked in” to the Full Count Vintage Baseball Card Forum, it nearly caused a riot, and with good reason. Even though there were only 94 cards, all were rarities. Most important, the collection was highlighted by eight T207 Brown Background cards with Red Cross tobacco advertising backs, which all alone would qualify the collection for legendary status. Previous to this find, a total of only five examples were known to exist. Reminiscent of perhaps the greatest “cyberfind” of all time, Net54 Vintage Card message forum’s “Skydash” find of Colgan’s Chips including Joe Jackson and Jim Thorpe in 2007, “The Louisiana Find” was a small but very significant offering that was also an exciting drama for serious hobbyists to watch unfold. The importance of the small collection generated much speculation about its final selling price. Key rarity highlight T207 Lowdermilk with Red Cross back all alone sold for $21,150. The 94 cards sold for a total of $86,715.

lot-807Additional highlights: An extremely high grade 1948-1949 Leaf set was broken up by condition into seven lots and sold for an astounding $103,870, including $29,375 for the classic key card #8 Satchel Paige (PSA NM 7). An extraordinarily high grade 1954 Stahl-Meyer Meats card of Mickey Mantle (graded PSA 7 NM) generated tremendous interest and sold for a well-deserved record price for this modern classic at $23,500. The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle is a classic that collectors aggressively bid on in every grade. Two EX+ 1952 Topps #311 Mantle examples realized $16,450 and $22,325 respectively (the higher selling example was cited by REA as being a particularly strong example for the grade) and a PSA 7 NM example sold for $32,312, all exceptional prices but at the same time illustrating the enormous impact of condition on value on this iconic card in even a fairly tight condition range. All high-grade complete sets sold very strongly. Examples include: 1952 Topps ranging from Vg-Ex to Nr/Mt (res. $10,000) sold for $44,062; 1956 Topps Complete PSA-Graded Set (8.03 GPA): #12 PSA Registry Set (reserve $10,000, estimate $20,000/30,000+) realized $44,062; and the 1968 Topps Complete PSA-Graded Set (9.26 GPA): #3 PSA Registry sold for $38,187.

Additional significant auction highlights: A 1933 Goudey #149 Babe Ruth in NM-MT condition (res. $5,000; est. $10,000/$20,000) realized $21,150. The always popular 1933 Sport Kings #2 Babe Ruth in NM condition (res. $2,500; est. $5,000+) sold for $9,400. Several 24-card 1933 Goudey uncut sheets were offered including one featuring the #181 Babe Ruth card (res. $5,000) that realized $23,500 and a 1933 Canadian Goudey “Triple Ruth” sheet (res. $10,000) that sold for $32,312. Two 1934 Goudey uncut sheets with Lou Gehrig, one featuring the twenty-four cards numbered from #25 to #48, the other featuring cards numbered from #49 to #72 (each with a reserve of $5,000) realized $18,800 and $32,312 respectively. The 1940 Play Ball: #2 PSA Registry Set (res. $10,000; est. $20,000/$40,000), by far the highest grade set of this classic gum card issue ever seen or offered by REA, sold for $44,062.

REA Statistics: Record prices were set on countless items, both in cards and memorabilia, and spanning all eras. The 1743 lots, offered on behalf of 317 different consignors, were won by an incredible 648 different bidders, illustrating the power of the marketing and auction process, and the breadth of bidder interest. Successful bidders included some of the nation’s most prestigious museums, universities, and corporate institutional collections, as well as representatives from numerous Major League teams. “All areas of the auction received a tremendous response and very strong prices. Nineteenth-century baseball items were unbelievable, as always, as were all early baseball cards, advertising and display pieces, graded cards, Babe Ruth items, autographs, memorabilia, non-sport cards and artwork.” Thousands of bidders from all over the world participated. Exactly 25,638 bids were placed and more than 99% of the lots sold (all but two). The average lot sold for $5,472 and on average realized more than double the high-end estimate.

Additional Auction Highlights:

lot-42Nineteenth-century cards and memorabilia were extremely strong, setting record after record, as is always the case at REA. The newly-discovered 1876 Hartford Blues CDV team card with Candy Cummings (purchased by the consignor at a local auction for just a few hundred dollars before being consigned to the REA auction) sold for an incredible $18,800. The 1886 Kalamazoo Bats New York Mets portrait card of Jim Donahue in VG condition sold for an extremely impressive $8,812, setting an auction record for this rarity (for an auction that did not involve shill bidding by the owner of the card against a “secret” left upto bid). An even higher grade Kalamazoo Bats New York Mets player portrait card of Jack Lynch in Excellent condition realized a record $15,275. The N690 Kalamazoo Bats New York player portrait card of Hall of Famer Roger Connor naturally sold for even more. In Good condition, this gem sold for an incredible record $44,062 (more than twice the previous high auction price realized for a different example of this card set elsewhere at $21,510 in November 2010).

An extraordinary 1859 Unions vs Excelsiors Trophy ball (res. $5,000; est. $10,000+) - one of the earliest ever seen - soared to $23,500. An N173 1888 Old Judge cabinet card of Hall of Famer Buck Ewing in EX-NR/MT condition (res. $1,500; est. $3,000-$5,000), saved in the family of a noncollector who had no idea of its great value, was hammered down for a record $17,625. An N173 1888 Old Judge cabinet card of Hall of Famer Mike “King” Kelly from the very same collection (res. $2,000; est. $4,000/$6,000) sold for an equally impressive $16,450. The small N172 1886-1888 Old Judge cards offered also generated extremely spirited bidding: High grade examples of Hall of Famers Ed Delahanty (res. $1,000; est. $2,000/$4,000) and Charles Comiskey (res. $1,000; est. $2,000/$3,000) realized $8,225 and $7,050 respectively, while a NM-MT N172 Old Judge example of Mickey Welch (res. $2,500) soared to $11,750. An N300 1895 Mayo’s Cut Plug tobacco card of Hall of Famer Kid Nichols in NM-MT condition (res. $5,000) realized $16,450.

A very unusual 1866 Team Cabinet Photo featuring the Washington and Brooklyn Teams with Henry Chadwick (res. $2,500) was purchased by REA’s consignor at another auction in August 2006 for $7,375. Additional research by REA, a different audience at REA, and perhaps a different marketplace, resulted in a well-deserved final selling price of $21,150, approximately three times its previous auction selling price. Robert Edward Auctions is a magnet for previously unoffered items. The 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings CDV (res. $5,000) was another exciting noncollector family find presented in the auction. Fortunately saved for decades in a drawer, this gem was highly prized by advanced collectors, as expected, and sold for $32,312. An 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings trade card featuring an advertisement on the reverse for Peck & Snyder Sporting Goods was another extremely significant highlight. One of card collecting’s all-time classics, this example realized $35,250. A small but exciting newly-discovered collection of 1887-1889 N172 Old Judges, consisting of 69 cards with minor back damage, once again illustrated that technical grades take a distant back seat among sophisticated collectors in valuing classic nineteenth-century baseball cards. With a reserve of $2,500 and an estimate of $5,000+, the lot soared in late bidding to $26,437.

Autographs: One of the best of the few Joe Jackson signed documents in existence (res. $25,000) sold for a record $64,625. The 1916 signed voucher, which resembles a check, was especially noteworthy for its impeccable provenance, originating 20+ years ago directly from Joe Jackson’s sister, Gertrude. A rarely seen autographed 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, saved by REA’s consignor as a youngster in 1952 and personally signed for him years later (res. $5,000; est. $10,000+), realized $22,325. A strong selection of signed baseballs included: An exceptional Jimmy Foxx single-signed ball (res. $2,500) sold for $26,747. A 1939 Babe Ruth single on a “Home Run Special” baseball (res. $4,000; est. $8,000+) had been saved by the original owner since childhood, the family almost sold outright to a dealer at the National Convention for $9,000 but decided to take their chances at auction. They were glad they did. The ball sold for $16,450. An ideal 1955 Dodgers ball realized an amazing $21,150. REA officials note: “The very best single and team-signed balls consistently bring incredible prices. With team balls, the difference in value between an ideal example and one with a few signatures missing or with even a single clubhouse signature can be enormous. Ideal examples are few and far between but when offered clearly bring a tremendous premium.” Nowhere can this be seen more strongly than the simply astounding auction result of the extraordinary high-grade 1977 Yankees team-signed ball with 34 signatures. Offered as Lot #1128 with a reserve of $200 and an estimate of $500+, this 1977 Yankees team ball sold for an astonishing $22,325, setting a record not just for a team signed ball dating from the 1970s but for any post-1961 team-signed ball as well. “It wasn’t just two crazy bidders going back and forth,” note REA auction officials. “The top three bids were by three different very advanced collectors.”

lot-629Game-Used Bats: A 1921-1928 Ty Cobb bat (res. $5,000) realized $38,187; a 1925-1931 Babe Ruth bat (res. $5,000) sold for $32,312; a particularly outstanding 1966 Mickey Mantle bat with provenance that had not previously been seen in the marketplace (res. $5,000; est. $10,000+) was hotly contested, finally being hammered down at $35,250. Two 1955-1960 Ted Williams bats realized $21,150 and $23,500 respectively. A game-used 1938 Hank Greenberg bat by far set a new record at $22,325. The last 1938-era Hank Greenberg bat to hit the market, for comparison, was sold at auction elsewhere in November 2010 at $7,767. To paraphrase his famous quote about a popular restaurant (”No one eats there anymore. It’s too crowded.”), Yogi Berra might say about the next bat: “No one bids at auctions anymore. The prices are just too high.” His 1951 All-Star bat sold for a remarkable record $32,312, smashing all previous Berra bat sales, tripling the previous highest auction price. We can practically hear Yogi saying “I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.” Yogi might be correct on this one for a while at least. It may be a long time before this record is broken.

Baseball Contracts: The most advanced collection of Major League contracts of Hall of Famers to ever come to auction was a significant highlight. In total, the collection realized $196,225. Christy Mathewson’s 1902 contract (res. $5,000; est. $10,000+) sold for $41,125. Other highlights included contracts of nineteenth-century Hall of Famer Jim O’Rourke (res. $5,000) which sold for $17,625; and Rogers Hornsby’s 1921 contract (res. $1,000; $2,000/$4,000) was hammered down at $10,575. Whitey Ford’s 1950 rookie contract (res. $1,000; est. $2,500+) and Roberto Clemente’s for the 1962 season (res. $2,500) sold for $9,400 and $14,100 respectively.

Game-Used Jerseys: Minor League jerseys don’t usually sell for big money, but the auction proved there can be exceptions: Willie Mays’ 1951 Minneapolis Millers Home jersey (res. $10,000; est. $25,000+) sold for $44,062. This jersey dates from the dawn of Mays’ career and its enormous historical significance could not be overstated. As the REA catalog description notes, “Mays was one of the most important pioneers in the integration of the Major Leagues, one of the few great stars chosen to bridge the gap between the Negro Leagues and the Major Leagues, in the process experiencing great hardship but paving the way for his own great career and that of the others who followed.” Other significant jerseys included: 1963 Harman Killebrew Minnesota Twins Game-Used Road Jersey (res. $2,500; est. $5,000+) which soared to a final selling price of $22,325; and from the modern era a 2006 Derek Jeter New York Yankees signed game-used road jersey with Steiner Sports provenance (res. $2,500) which sold for $9,987. “With good reason, collectors are rarely comfortable spending big money on modern jerseys. There are so many fakes. But the Steiner provenance made all the difference on the Jeter jersey,” note REA officials. “Collectors know that Steiner performs an incredible service. The Steiner name is gold. Derek Jeter really wore this jersey.”

lot-488Additional Vintage Card highlights: An extremely impressive near-complete collection of T209 Contentnea Cigarette cards near-set (reserve $10,000) sold for $44,062. A collection of 35 1927 York Caramel cards (res. $2,500; est. $5,000+) consigned by a noncollector sold for an amazing $22,325. A rare T204 Ramly Tobacco “square border” variation card of Hall of Famer Jesse Burkett in VG-EX condition was the highlight of yet another noncollector family’s keepsakes (res. $2,500), and sold for $15,275. A 1911 D304 Brunners Bread set in various grades also sold for $22,325, while a high-grade Frank Baker card with a rare Martens Bakery back from the same set sold for $8,225 all alone. A T206 Cobb Green Background in Ex-Mt condition (res. $1,500; est. $3,000/$5,000) realized $10,575; a T206 of common player Francis Pfeffer graded NM-MT 8 by PSA with an SMR value of $865 (res. $300; est. $500+), sold for $3,525; a T206 of Clark Griffith with a rare Drum Cigarettes advertising reverse (res. $1,000; est. $2,000+) sold for $12,925; a T206 Red Background portrait of Cobb in PSA 8 NM-MT condition (res. $5,000; est. $10,000+) was hammered down at $18,800. The 50-card T201 Mecca Double Folders set (res. $10,000, est. $20,000/$30,000), all graded and encapsulated by PSA and with an average grade 7.77, sold for an impressive $44,062. A collection of 1915 Cracker Jack cards that were saved by the family of the original owner were especially appreciated by bidders, in part for their original owner provenance. The 154 cards, almost all in Vg to Vg-Ex condition, were presented in six lots. The family investigated the value of the cards in 1975. At the time they were worth $1,300 and they decided to hold off selling. The REA auction proved this was a wise decision. The 154 cards realized a total of $41,947. Cracker Jack cards in higher grades can sell for considerably more, of course: a 1915 Cracker Jack of Ty Cobb in Near Mint to Mint condition (res. $5,000; est. $10,000/$15,000+) all alone realized $21,150. A 1910 era scrapbook saved for 100 years and including an E90-1 American Caramel rookie card of Joe Jackson was offered by the family of the original collector. They were shocked to learn the album had tremendous value. With a reserve of $2,500 the album generated enormous interest and exceeded all expectations, finally selling for an extraordinary $35,250.

More Memorabilia Highlights: The only known complete set of five giant 1928 Lucky Strike tobacco large-format advertising signs featuring baseball players was a very significant highlight. These signs were miraculously unearthed during a house renovation in Walla Walla, Washington, where they had been serving as insulation within one of the walls of the house being renovated. They sold for $35,250. Not bad for insulation! A panoramic photograph capturing the members of the Kansas City Monarchs, champions of the Negro National League, and the Hilldale Daisies, champions of the Eastern Colored League, posing at the 1924 Negro League World Series was offered with a reserve of $2,500. This extraordinary image sold for a record $29,375. A magnificently decorated baseball personally used by pitching legend Christy Mathewson on October 3, 1904 in a game at the Polo Grounds in which Mathewson made baseball history by striking out a
then-record sixteen batters had been prized family keepsake of the Campell family for 107 years. In 2011 the Campbell family decided the ball might be more at home in the hands of a serious collector and proceeded to investigate where to best sell this type of item. They finally decided to send it to auction at REA. Nothing could have prepared them for the enthusiastic reception this exciting and unique relic would elicit. With a reserve of $2,000, this treasure from the deadball era sold for $44,625.

A rarely seen 1918 World Series program (res. $2,500), another recently discovered gem, realized a record $23,500.The 1914 Boston “Miracle” Braves World Series ring of Hall of Famer Johnny Evers, of all the more special note having been consigned directly by the Evers family, realized $52,875. The Harry S. Truman signed Ceremonial First-Pitch Baseball to open the 1950 season, originating from the personal collection of the Senators’ Eddie Robinson and including photos of Robinson posing with the President and the ball, was another tremendous memorabilia highlight. The bidding started at $2,000. When the dust cleared, the final selling price was $29,375.

Other sports and Non-Sports:

lot-1The auction also included an impressive selection of items from other sports, Americana, nonsport cards, and original card artwork, all of which sold extremely strong, including: The #3 PSA Registry set of 1955 Topps All-American was presented in six lots and realized an extraordinary total of $43,357. The 1948 Leaf Boxing “master set” (98 cards, including both gray and white back variations) sold for an impressive $12,925. But even more incredible was the discovery and offering from the same collection of the 1948 Leaf #50 Rocky Graziano, boxing card collecting’s most legendary rarity. Billed as “the 1948 Leaf Graziano that fell from the sky”, the consignor was the family of one of card collecting’s great pioneers (who passed away in 2009). They did not realize they had this card. They weren’t supposed to. REA didn’t realize they had the card either. Until REA cataloguers were shocked to find this card mixed in with in the common cards in the 1948 Leaf Boxing master set! With a reserve of $5,000 and an estimate of $10,000/$15,000, “the 1948 Leaf Graziano that fell from the sky” sold for an auction record $41,125. Similarly, an unopened box of 1956 Topps football cello cards was unexpectedly found mixed in among the baseball items in the estate of announcer Ron Menchine, legendary collector, historian, and last voice of the Washington Senators before moving to Texas after the 1971 season. Ron saved everything since he began collecting in the 1950s and had apparently bought this box in 1956 and just put it aside. The original cost was $3.60. The unopened box sold for $29,375.

The Jack Zugay Collection of Vintage Golf Cards, representing the finest collection of vintage golf trading cards to ever come to auction, included ten PSA #1 Registry sets and was presented in 25 lots. All 600+ cards in the Jack Zugay Collection were graded by PSA and included were many of the highest grade sets and singles known to exist. For golf card collectors, this was a very special and highly anticipated event, a fact that is easily seen in the final results: The 25 lots sold for an extraordinary total of $127,781, representing a remarkable average selling price of over $5,000 per lot.

The #1 PSA Registry set of 1971 Topps Football (res. $5,000; est. $10,000+) sold for an extraordinary $22,325. An exceptionally high-grade 1951-52 Parkhurst Hockey complete set minus one card (res. $10,000, est. $20,000+) sold for a remarkable $44,062. The original artwork to card #34 “Terror in the Railroad” in the 1963 Topps Mars Attacks set sold for $11,750, and the artworks to cards #7 “Destroying A Bridge” and #22 “Burning Cattle” were also offered and sold for $11,162 and $10,575 respectively (each with a reserve of $5,000). Even the display box for Mars Attacks cards sold for big money: with a reserve of $1,000, the box is not just a rarity but clearly a favorite with advanced nonsport collectors, selling for a remarkable $11,625. The 1940 Superman Gum, Inc. high numbers (#49-72) uncut sheet (res. $5,000) was another significant nonsport highlight. This sheet was purchased by the consignor in 1976, along with a second Superman sheet and a Lone Ranger sheet (sold last year in REA’s spring 2010 sale), for the total then-princely sum of $300, after hearing that they surfaced at an early Philadelphia card convention and tracking down the buyer. Ironically, the person he purchased the sheets was future REA president Robert Lifson, who was literally a kid at the time, reaching him by phone to do a deal (after school, of course). The one high-numbers Superman sheet all alone sold for $22,325.

Many other auction records were shattered for pre-1948 baseball cards, nineteenth-century baseball cards and memorabilia, non-sport cards, and Americana. Further information and complete auction results are available online at www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com

Copies of the 750-page full-color premium catalog are also still available free. Go to www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com, click “Free Catalog,” and fill in your name and address. Robert Edward Auctions is currently assembling its next sale. For further information contact: Robert Edward Auctions, PO Box 7256, Watchung, NJ or call (908)-226-9900.

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For immediate release: June 10, 2010

Most Successful Baseball Card Auction in Collecting History Hits Ten Million Dollars at Robert Edward Auctions!

N172 Old Judge Card Sells For Record $129,250; 1911Turkey Red Set Sells For Record $246,750; T206 Wagner hammered down at $282,000; Countless Baseball Card Auction Records Shattered At REA!!!

Watchung, New Jersey. The strength of the high-end baseball card and memorabilia market amazed collectors at Robert Edward’s record-setting May 1, 2010 auction. An astounding 181 lots sold for $10,000 or more. The most anticipated baseball card and memorabilia auction in the world always generates great excitement and strong prices. Collectors, dealers, and market watchers look to REA’s annual event as the key barometer of the health of the market and the most important auction event of the year. According to REA president Robert Lifson, “The market was extremely strong. While common sense tells us that our market is not immune to problems in the larger economy, you’d never know it from the results. This was our most successful auction ever. More items sold for over $50,000 than ever before (twenty-eight lots), and more items sold for $100,000 or more than ever before (nine lots). It was also the smoothest running auction in all respects, including collecting the money. You’d think that there would be a few delays here and there in collecting money and getting it in the hands of consignors when you’re talking about ten million dollars. There weren’t. And all consignors were paid in full, 100 cents on the dollar with no adjustments due to nonpaying bidders, and in record time.”

The positive numbers and the facts speak for themselves: No auction in history has ever generated the dollar volume of this auction for vintage baseball card sales. By virtually every measure, despite economic pressures of the economy, the historic spring REA auction was the most successful baseball card auction in the history of collecting. The total $10.12 million in sales for the auction set a new world record for a multi-owner all-consignment baseball card and memorabilia auction. This total also represents a new world record for any multi-consignor auction in which the auction house, auction house executives, and employees are prohibited from bidding in the auction. In fact, the $10.12 million dollar auction total is also a new record dollar volume ever to be hammered down in a single day in the history of sports collecting. No other sports card or memorabilia auction in the history of the universe (except REA) has ever sold anywhere near this dollar volume in a single day. Even the number of catalogs shipped was a record!

The stunning prices on all nineteenth and early twentieth century baseball cards and memorabilia totaled a staggering $10.12 million dollars across 1720 lots. The average lot sold for $5,883. The T206 Wagner (reserve $50,000) in the lowest possible grade (PSA 1) sold for $282,000. This card was named “The Connecticut Wagner” because in 1985 it was purchased by the consignor at a card convention in Connecticut for the then-princely sum of $10,000 and its mysterious whereabouts (until unveiled in this auction) have been completely unknown in the organized collecting world for the past twenty-five years.

The big money, however, was not reserved only for the T206 Wagner, which can always be counted on to sell for well into six figures in any grade. The T3 Turkey Red set (reserve $50,000; est. $150,000+) cruised to a final record selling price of $246,750. “It deserved to” said REA president Robert Lifson. “It was the highest grade T3 set ever auctioned. It would be almost impossible to put that set together in that condition for any amount of money. When extraordinary quality is offered, it’s interesting to see the great number of big buyers that come out of the woodwork at REA. Millions of dollars in aggressive bids came in for high quality lots like this one. Some other collecting fields are having trouble selling big ticket lots. That is not the case at REA. We work hard all year long to make the auction a special event. Everyone knows the investment in time and energy and effort we put into the auction, and collectors know the job REA does. We only have one auction a year. It really is a special event. Collectors know it and respond.”

The 1886-1890 Old Judge Tobacco card of Cornelius Doyle, an obscure California League player who is an extreme rarity in the set, realized an incredible $129,250, setting an all-time record price for an Old Judge card anywhere EVER! For many, the highlight of the auction was the collection of the legendary Sy Berger, universally recognized as the “Father of the Modern Bubble-Gum Card”. Sy Berger was the face of Topps for over fifty years, and is one of the most important hobby industry pioneers in the history of collecting. The 1953 Topps original artworks from the Berger Collection, highlighted by the Satchel Paige artwork which realized $58,750, and other various souvenirs sold for a total of over three-hundred thousand dollars. As intended, this offering gave collectors on budgets large and small a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have an item that once belonged to this collecting legend and cultural icon.

Additional extraordinary highlights and six-figure items: An uncut sheet of 1933 Goudey bubble gum cards with three Babe Ruths and a Lou Gehrig (reserve $25,000) sold for $117,500. The newly discovered 1889 Goodwin Round Album advertising poster, universally recognized as one of the baseball collecting world’s greatest display pieces, is one of only four examples known. The poster was consigned by a noncollecting family who saved it because they appreciated the graphics but had no idea of its great value. With a reserve of $25,000, it soared to a stunning final selling price of $105,750. An exceptional 1916 Babe Ruth Sporting News baseball card, the first card ever issued of Ruth as a Major Leaguer, in Near Mint condition, sold for record $82,250. An 1910 Old Mill Tobacco card of Joe Jackson (reserve $25,000), featuring the future Black Sox star when he was in the minor leagues long before being banned from baseball, realized an impressive $111,625. This very card was once owned by legendary collector Barry Halper. It has risen dramatically (over tenfold!) in value over the past ten years. In 1999 it was offered in the famous Halper auction where it sold at that time for $10,925. The 1903 World Series program, of special note both for its great rarity and for being from the very first game of the very first World Series, (reserve $25,000) realized $94,000. The bat Babe Ruth used to hit his 702nd homerun sold for a very healthy $111,625, setting a record for a Babe Ruth bat from the 1935 era due to its exceptional provenance and special historical significance. The famous T206 Ty Cobb with Ty Cobb Tobacco advertisement on the back card (reserve $10,000), which has always been revered as one of the key rarities of vintage card collecting, also far exceeded expectations, shattering the $100,000 mark for the first time ever at REA and selling for $111,625.

An extraordinary high-grade complete set of 1912 T207 Brown Background tobacco cards, all PSA graded, was broken down into 29 separate lots, and sold for a staggering total of $205,625. “The Merkle Ball” was another very special memorabilia auction highlight and a great privilege to offer for REA. This was the ball that cost the Giants the pennant in 1908! If only Fred Merkle had touched second base, everything would have been different…Unfortunately, he didn’t. The ball held by Chicago second baseman Johnny Evers when he touched second base, forcing Merkle out and changing the course of the 1908 pennant race for the New York Giants, changed hands in the May 2010 REA auction for record $76,375. In its last public appearance in 1993, “The Merkle Ball” was purchased at auction by actor Charlie Sheen at auction for $30,250.

“We have no control over exactly what comes to the marketplace for auction. Important collections and items usually come to auction due to unique life-changing circumstances,” notes REA president Robert Lifson. “Collectors pass away, people retire, they buy houses, children go to college, sometimes medical bills or even divorce are responsible. All things we have no control over. So we judge ourselves by the things that are in our control, just trying to do a great job in every way possible, from the moment we get an item in to the moment when the consignor is paid. That’s our goal. That’s what we do. Whatever the size of the auction, we know that if we do a great job, everything else will take care of itself. We can’t count on having ten million dollar auctions every year, because the material we sell is rare and we have no ability to come up with special material just because we’re having an auction. In 2007 it was an eight million dollar auction. This year it was a ten million dollar auction. Maybe next year it will be a five million dollar auction. We have no idea! But we do know that whatever material we have, it will be presented in the best way possible for collectors and for sellers.”

The REA results are extremely encouraging for all collectors and sellers, but REA’s Robert Lifson also wants collectors to recognize that while the overall market is strong, the market for any individual card or item can fluctuate. “There were many record prices, but it is also the case that the economy may have brought a few prices down to reality here and there. This is normal and healthy for any market, and in some cases may just be related not to the larger economy but to the internal forces of the vintage card and memorabilia market. If a relatively common card that in Excellent condition sells for $50, but has sold in the past for $5,000 just because it is in Mint condition, and now sells for $4,000, it’s down 20% from its peak. If you were the one who bought the card for $5,000 and sold it for $4,000, you’re not happy. You lost 20%. But if you paid a modest sum for it and sold it for $4,000, or saved it in a childhood collection and it happened to survive in Mint condition, you might not be able to believe your good fortune. $4,000 would seem like hitting the lottery! We see these scenarios all the time, sometimes on the very same cards and items in the same auction. In other words, two sellers of similar or identical items can receive the same price, and one can be disappointed because his card doesn’t sell for a record price, while the other seller is thrilled beyond words. Timing can be very important. Everything at REA sells for top dollar, but sometimes top dollar can change a little with time, depending on supply and demand, and what’s in fashion with collectors.”

The auction results at REA are widely recognized as providing the most important and respected snapshot of the vintage baseball card and memorabilia marketplace of the entire year. “We work really hard to make everything perfect and the real collectors and most serious buyers really appreciate what we do. The disclosure policies of the REA auction process, our focus on there being no conflicts of interest, the unparalleled confidence that bidders have in REA, all of these factors naturally contribute to strong results and the market’s confidence in these results,” explains Lifson. “The fact that REA combats shill bidding, and so many other common fraudulent industry practices, and the fact that we are activists against the fraud, crime, and corruption that plague the field, these are all elements that promote bidder confidence. We try to protect our bidders. Our customers never have to worry about the auction house or its employees bidding against them. And our prices are real. That may sound like an unnecessary statement, but in this field it isn’t. Our bid levels are real, and bidders know this. It makes a big difference. The most serious bidders can and do bid at REA with the ultimate confidence in the integrity of the auction process. It shows in the prices.”

Additional Highlights:

The T206 Eddie Plank, one of card collecting’s most legendary rarities, in Very Good condition (reserve $10,000) sold for $58,750. A lower grade T206 Plank example, in Good condition, but extremely attractive for the grade, sold for an almost as strong $49,937. The W600 Sporting News cabinet cards of Christy Mathewson (reserve $5,000) and Ty Cobb (reserve $1,500), each set records for these important rarities, selling for $35,250 and $38,188 respectively. The highest graded T206 Walter Johnson (reserve $10,000), graded Mint 9 by PSA, was hammered down for an extraordinary $55,813, also by far a record price in any grade for this classic 1910 era card. Nineteenth century cards were very strong, as always at REA. Two sizable collections of 1886-1890 Old Judges (each comprised of over 300 cards) sold for $82,250 and $94,000 respectively, while high-grade Hall of Famers such as Ed Delahanty ($16,450) and Kid Nichols ($15,275) sold for record prices individually.

A 1911 D304 Brunners Bread card of Ty Cobb, graded Near Mint to Mint by PSA sold for an exceptionally strong $94,000. An example of the famous 1933 Goudey #106 Lajoie, perhaps the most popular card of the 1930s, was also included in the sale. Always extremely valuable in any grade, this very attractive Ex-Mt example was from the Charlie Conlon Collection, and sold for $26,438. The T206 Walter Johnson with the Drum Cigarettes advertising back proved once again that all significant rarities associated with the famous T206 White Border set are always of great interest to collectors, especially important back rarities. This was the first Walter Johnson Drum back example that REA has ever offered. The reserve was $1,000. It did not go unnoticed. The final selling price was $38,187.

Additional significant auction highlights: One of the most interesting cards in the auction was the 1893 Just So Tobacco card of Buck Ewing, a particularly exciting recent discovery. Ewing was previously unknown to exist, though because the rare Just So Tobacco card set features only members of the 1893 Cleveland Spiders, and Ewing was on this team, collectors have long speculated that a card of him may have been issued. This card survived behind the walls of a house in Pennsylvania. Since approximately its year of issue in 1893, it had been nailed to a wood stud behind a plaster wall, where it had remained for decades until its accidental discovery. REA’s consignor discovered the card while doing some work remodeling the bathroom of his mother’s home, which had been built in the late nineteenth century and had been in the family since the 1920s. He began by tearing apart a plaster wall, creating holes in the process. When he looked inside the first hole in the wall with his flashlight to assess the situation, he was startled to see what appeared to be a small photo staring back at him, stuck to a crossbeam with an old square head nail. It was the Just So Tobacco card of Ewing! One important fact about baseball cards that is proven time and time again: Important rarities sell for big money in any condition. Despite the holes and being in Poor condition, the Ewing card sold for $17,625, more than paying for the home renovations, and adding a new player to the checklist of the extremely rare 1893 Just So Tobacco card set in the process.

More Highlights: The 1903 E107 Breisch-Williams Candy card of the legendary “Wee Willie” Keeler in Good condition realized $21,150; 1914 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson in Vg-Ex condition (reserve $3,000) sold for $19,975; 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle, graded EX-MT by PSA, sold for $19,975; Joe Jackson’s rookie card, issued in 1909 by the American Caramel Company and another one of card collecting’s great classics, was offered in PSA 5 EX condition and sold for a very impressive $44,063. A 1911 T205 Gold Border set (reserve $10,000) ranging in grade from Poor to Ex-Mt condition sold for $29,375; while an example of key T205 Gold Border rarity Hoblitzell “with no stats on reverse” variation card in EX-MT condition sold for $26,437 all alone! An uncut sheet of 1933 Goudey Gum Company cards including card #1 Benny Bengough (reserve $10,000) was another highlight, selling for $32,312. A complete set of 1921 E253 Oxford Confectionery: the #1 SGC Set (reserve $5,000, estimate $10,000+) sold for $26,437. A complete set of 1934-1936 Batter-Up Complete Set realized $29,375. The auction results of an impressive original “childhood” collection of 1930s bubble-gum cards, which has remained literally untouched since the 1930s and was saved by the family of the original owner, overwhelmed the consignors. Presented in twelve lots (one of which was just the wrappers that once held the cards!), the childhood collection sold for an incredible $118,381.

Modern rarities and complete sets were on fire: An extremely high grade 1957 Topps set sold for an astounding $76,375, an all-time record price for this set. The 1956 Topps Complete PSA-Graded NM-MT 8 Set: #11 PSA Set Registry (reserve $10,000, estimate $25,000+) sold for $41,125. The two cases of 1975 Topps “minis” (each of which originate from the legendary Charlie Conlon Collection) sold for $11,750 and $12,925 respectively. A 1972 Topps set in extraordinary high grade (including 173 GEM MINT cards) sold for $38,187, by far a record price for a 1972 Topps set at REA (and for any post-1970 Topps set).

Record prices were set on countless items, both in cards and memorabilia, and spanning all eras. The 1720 lots, offered on behalf of 276 different consignors, were won by an incredible 678 different bidders, illustrating the power of the marketing and auction process, and the breadth of bidder interest. Successful bidders included some of the nation’s most prestigious museums, universities, and corporate institutional collections, as well as representatives from numerous Major League teams. “All areas of the auction received a tremendous response and very strong prices. Nineteenth-century baseball items were unbelievable, as always, as were all early baseball cards, advertising and display pieces, graded cards, Babe Ruth items, autographs, memorabilia, non-sport cards and artwork.”

Thousands of bidders from all over the world participated. Exactly 24,716 bids were placed and more than 99% of the lots sold (all but four). The average lot sold for $5,883 and on average realized more than double the high-end estimate.

Notes REA president Robert Lifson, “Part of the great success of the auction, of course, is due to having great material, but part of this is also because all of the most serious collectors in the world are comfortable bidding at Robert Edward Auctions. Our Honest-Auto Bid system allows bidders to place limit bids and know that they are the only ones in the world that know their limit. The fact that we are truly an all-consignment auction, maybe the only one in the field, and the fact that we don’t allow auction house executives, employees, or the auction house itself to bid, is also very confidence-inspiring to serious bidders. Compared to some companies, Robert Edward Auctions is a small firm. But that’s actually part of our strength. We pay attention to details. We do everything better. No matter what criteria you have, we believe that we do the best job in the world for buyers and consignors. Our philosophy has always been very simple: If we do a great job, great things will happen. We don’t take any shortcuts in processing collections. Bidders have confidence in our expertise and opinions. We don’t own the material so we naturally have more credibility than auction houses that are also dealers. Our commitment to research and authentication is universally recognized as unparalleled. Our expertise in general is highly valued by bidders in a way that is very rare for an auction house. There are many collectors that only bid with us. It’s not an accident. We go out of our way to do a better job. It shows in the prices realized.”

The 1911 T211 Red Sun Tobacco Card Collection of 74 (out of 75 in the set) was another extraordinary auction highlight. The near-set carried a reserve of $5,000. The total Standard Catalog guide value on the set in the offered condition was less than $15,000. “We knew this was a special set. The T211 set is one of the rarest of all 1910 era card issues, and this was the largest collection to ever come to auction” notes REA president Robert Lifson. “This was the kind of set that collectors throw the guide books out the window when assessing. With special cards like these, only an auction can really give insight into true market value.” But there’s more to the story of the sale of this set. “The way the REA auction is run and closes ensures that lots go for what they’re really worth, and sell to the person who is really willing to pay the most. That’s what all auctions are supposed to do, but the way some auctions close lots, they often don’t accomplish this. REA always does. This isn’t just market theory. Our results prove it. This can be seen time and time again in REA’s auctions. The T211 Red Sun set is a prime example. A reasonable person would have thought that the bidding for this set was done at $25,000, which was the high bid on the morning of the day of the auction. No bids had come in for more than four days on this lot prior to the $25,000 bid, and that impressive level was almost double even the highest guide prices. But the unique REA auction process makes sure that the auction isn’t over until the high bidder on every lot is actually the bidder who is willing to pay the most for that lot, and that every bidder has the opportunity to move their money around from lots they have been out-bid on to other lots they might still have an interest in, without being shut out of the auction. This is great for bidders. This is great for consignors. The auction officially ended at exactly 3:53 AM the morning of May 2rd. In the final hours of the auction, just before the auction close, the T211 set was bid up from its already impressive hammer price of $25,000 to an even more incredible, simply unbelievable final selling price of $88,125. That’s a big difference. On top of that, in the remaining minutes of the auction that followed, the unsuccessful underbidder went on to move his funds to other lots that he might not have otherwise bid on, moving other expensive lots much higher. The winning T211 set bidder was able to add this set as a key addition to one of the most important and advanced collections in private hands. The consignor of this lot naturally made out much better, and the consignors of other lots also benefit. No other auction process could have delivered this result. And these same auction dynamics occur repeatedly at REA with other lots, large and small.”

Additional Auction Highlights:

Nineteenth-century cards and memorabilia were extremely strong, setting record after record, as is always the case at REA. The newly-discovered 1875 Hartford Blues CDV team card with Candy Cummings (purchased by the consignor on eBay for $200 just months before being consigned to the REA auction) sold for an incredible $17,625. The 1887 Red Stocking Cigar advertising trade card of Charles Radbourn (res. $5,000) was another exciting noncollector family find. Fortunately saved for decades in a drawer, this gem was highly prized by advanced collectors, as expected, and sold for $19,975. The 1887 Kalamazoo Bats tobacco card of Mays graded Fair by SGC realized $15,275.

Memorabilia was also extremely strong: Babe Ruth’s 1917-1920 era bat (once owned by Barry Halper) sold for $64,625; Ty Cobb’s bat dating from 1922-1924 realized $55,813; Lou Gehrig’s signed New York Yankees contract from 1938, his last full season (res. $5,000), set a record for the highest price ever realized for a player’s contract at REA, selling for $70,500. Al Kaline’s 1954 Tigers jersey was consigned by a former ballplayer who had a “cup of coffee” in the Tigers farm system in the 1950s. He was given then-recycled jersey to wear in spring training in 1956, and saved it as a souvenir of his playing days for over 50 years. The jersey sold for $21,115.

The Fred Tenney Collection, consigned directly by the Tenney family, was highlighted by a 1908 New York Giants uniform (reserve $5,000) which sold for $29,375. An extraordinary panoramic photograph of the American Negro Giants including the legendary Rube Foster was offered with a reserve of $5,000 and was hammered down for $35,250. A rarely seen 1905 World Series program, another recently discovered gem, sold for $16,450. The 1922 Giants World Series ring of Hall of Famer Ross Youngs, of all the more special note being the first year players were issued World Series rings, sold for $58,750. Autographs were particularly strong. This auction featured one of the most impressive personally collected single-owner signature collections ever offered by REA. Assembled by one of the pioneers of baseball autograph collecting and almost all obtained in person or through the mails in the 1950s and 1960s, the collection was broken down into 32 lots, and sold for a total of $110,625. Prices on rare single-signed baseballs (such as Harry Hooper; reserve $1,000; sold for $8,812) and signed photos (1928 Ruth-Gehrig photo; reserve $5,000; sold for $17,625) were also extremely strong. The 1943 autograph book assembled as a youngster by famous baseball author Donald Honig featuring the signatures of many Negro League stars including Josh Gibson, one of the rarest and most important of all Hall of Famer signatures, was recognized as extraordinary by many advanced collectors. But no one could have predicted the incredible battle for this HOF signature treasure. Opening with a reserve of just $1,000, the dust did not settle until the final price reached $32,312.

Other sports and Non-Sports:

The auction also included an impressive selection of select items from other sports, Americana, nonsport cards, and original card artwork, all of which sold extremely strong, including: A 1969-70 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings photo-matched jersey (reserve $10,000) realized $58,750. The 1968 Topps Test Basketball Complete PSA-Graded Set of 22 cards (reserve $5,000) sold for an extraordinary $29,375. An exceptionally high-grade 1949 Leaf Football complete set of 49 cards was hammered down at $23,500. The 1940 R145 Gum, Inc. Superman Complete Set (#2 PSA Registry) realized $32,312. The 1955 Topps “Rails and Sails” unopened wax box sold for a record $6,462. The original artwork to card #51 “Crushing The Martians” in the 1963 Topps Mars Attacks set, a popular card with strong graphics including Martians (reserve of $5,000) sold for $26,437. President Barack Obama’s car was by far the most unusual of the few Americana lots offered. The 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee was consigned by an Illinois woman who bought the car used in 2004. When she bought it, the sales person told her to save all the documentation. “You never know, he could be President some day.” She’s been driving it ever since, but with over 130,000 miles on it, the jeep was approaching the end of its life as a reliable vehicle. It was time for a new car. Rather than trade it in, she contacted Robert Edward Auctions. REA decided to offer the car as a unique historical collectible, and to use the car as an opportunity to raise money for charity, donating all REA commissions to CARE. CARE, a leading humanitarian organization devoted to fighting global poverty, was chosen because of the great importance of its work and because President Barack Obama has personally expressed support for this charity. The minimum bid was The Kelly Blue Book value of $3,500. When the dust settled, the car sold for $26,437! The auctioning of the car (which was purchased by University Archives) has provided the consignor with $20,250, far exceeding expectations and more than enough to make a significant contribution toward the purchase of her next vehicle, while at the same time raising $6,137 for CARE.

Many other auction records were shattered for pre-1948 baseball cards, nineteenth-century baseball cards and memorabilia, non-sport cards, and Americana. Further information and complete auction results are available online at http://www.robertedwardauctions.com/

Copies of the 750-page full-color premium catalog are also still available free. Go to http://www.robertedwardauctions.com/, click “Free Catalog,” and fill in your name and address. Robert Edward Auctions is currently assembling its next sale. For further information contact: Robert Edward Auctions, PO Box 7256, Watchung, NJ or call (908)-226-9900.

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For immediate release: May 26, 2009

Baseball Card Auction Records Smashed At REA!

Wagner Sells For Record $400,000, Old Judge Collection sells for $211,000, T206 Doyle hammered down at $329,000, Countless Baseball Card Auction Records Shattered At REA!!!

Watchung, New Jersey. The strength of the high-end baseball card and memorabilia market shocked collectors at Robert Edward's record-setting May 2, 2009 auction. The most anticipated baseball card and memorabilia auction in the world always generates great excitement and strong prices. Collectors, dealers, and market watchers look to REA's annual event as the key barometer of the health of the market and the most important auction event of the year. According to REA president Robert Lifson, "The market was extremely strong as always at REA." That positive sentiment might be looked at by many as a great understatement. The numbers and the facts speak for themselves: No auction in history has ever generated the dollar volume of this auction for vintage baseball card sales. By virtually every measure, despite economic pressures of the larger economy, the historic spring REA auction was by far the most successful baseball card auction in the history of collecting. The vintage card market is alive and well!

The total $10.1 million in sales for the auction set a new world record for a multi-owner all-consignment baseball card and memorabilia auction. This total also represents a new world record for any multi-consignor auction in which the auction house, auction house executives, and employees are prohibited from bidding in the auction. In fact, the $10.1 million dollar auction total is also a new record dollar volume ever to be hammered down in a single day in the history of sports collecting, surpassing the previous record of $9.07 million set by REA in 2008. No other sports card or memorabilia auction in the history of the field has ever sold anywhere near this dollar volume in a single day. Even the number of catalogs shipped was a record!

The stunning across-the-board record final prices on all nineteenth and early twentieth century baseball cards and memorabilia totaled a staggering $10.1 million dollars across 1551 lots. The average lot sold for $6,545. The T206 Wagner (reserve $50,000) in the lowest possible grade (PSA 1) sold for $399,500, setting a world record for a Wagner (or any card ever) in this condition. This very card last sold at auction elsewhere for $78,000. This T206 Wagner is the very same card that was once owned by actor Charlie Sheen, who allowed the card to be displayed at the All Star Café in New York. In a plot worthy of a TV episode, in 1998 the card was stolen from its display case by workers at the All Star Café, and replaced with a copy! When the theft was discovered, the thieves were soon caught, and the Wagner card was recovered by the FBI. The T206 Wagner is extremely valuable in any condition. The previous world record price for a Wagner in this grade was also set by REA in 2008, when "The Beckett Wagner" sold for $317,250.

The T206 Doyle (reserve $25,000), one of the most important rarities of all vintage cards, cruised to a final record selling price of $329,000, shocking many collectors and surpassing by more than 500% the previous auction sale price of this legendary rarity. The last rare Doyle offered at auction sold for $64,099 in 2003. The T206 Plank in EX-MT condition (reserve $25,000) sold for $188,000, an astounding record price for this grade, and also more than five times the previous auction selling price elsewhere of this very card. The 1886-1890 Old Judge Tobacco Card Collection of 592 cards realized an incredible $211,500, shocking nineteenth-century collectors who expected these to sell at a far more modest level. The 1915 Cracker Jack Poster, which appeared on the REA catalog's cover, sold for $152,750, setting a record not just for all baseball card-related advertising posters from any era, but also for any 20th Century American product advertising poster of any kind.

Additional Extraordinary Highlights and Six-Figure Items: A complete set of 1909-1911 T206 White Border tobacco cards, all PSA-graded and averaging between Excellent and Ex-Mt condition (reserve $50,000), sold for $176,250. A complete set of 1952 Topps (reserve $50,000), also all PSA-graded, sold for $105,750. The collection of nine 1953-54 Briggs Meats two-card panels (reserve $5,000), which were issued with hot dogs and saved for decades by an old time Baltimore-area collector, was extremely hotly contested. "There was a lot of debate and even second-guessing of the auction house about whether this group should have been broken up or offered intact as a collection," according to REA officials. "This was such a special group, we just couldn't break them up. We thought that advanced collectors would appreciate them more if they were kept intact as a collection. We'll never see another group like this. They had to stay together." Advanced collectors agreed. The best group of this important rare regional issue to ever be offered at auction exceeded even the wildest estimates of market watchers, selling for an extraordinary $82,225.

The T206 Plank match to the famous Gretzky-McNall Wagner (reserve $10,000) was a favorite auction lot of many sophisticated collectors. It is one of only a few Planks with a Piedmont back and the only example surviving in a proof-like state. To many, the existence of this card had long been just a rumor. It's unveiling in this auction was a landmark event to many T206 and hobby scholars. This card was one of the great prizes in The Charlie Conlon Collection, where it quietly resided for the past twenty years. It sold for $111,625.

"We have no control over exactly what comes to the marketplace for auction. Important collections and items usually come to auction due to unique life-changing circumstances," notes REA president Robert Lifson. "Collectors pass away, people retire, they buy houses, children go to college, sometimes medical bills or even divorce are responsible. All things we have no control over. So we judge ourselves by the things that are in our control, just trying to do a great job in every way possible, from the moment we get an item in to the moment when the consignor is paid. That's our goal. That's what we do. Whatever the size of the auction, we know that if we do a great job, everything else will take care of itself. We can't count on having ten million dollar auctions every year, because the material we sell is rare and special and we have no ability to come up with special material just because we're having an auction, but for this auction, everything really fell into place. We really had the material this year." Prices at REA are traditionally always very strong, but there was concern that the larger forces of the economy would impact prices, especially for big-ticket items. "The financial crisis may have actually brought a few things to the marketplace that might have otherwise not been sold at this time. The surprising thing was that everyone was expecting the market to be softer, especially since prices have been lower elsewhere, but the exact opposite happened. Collectors really do come out of the woodwork for our auctions. The results speak for themselves."

The collection of legendary hobby icon Charlie Conlon all alone realized over $2 Million. The twenty-six original wax cases of 1975 Topps "Minis" from the Conlon estate generated a tremendous amount of excitement among collectors, and great speculation regarding exactly how well so many cases would be received offered all at once. Conlon was famous for cornering the market on unopened 1975 Topps "Mini" cases when they were first issued. "These cards were regionally issued in Michigan, right in Charlie's neighborhood," according to REA officials. "When Charlie realized that these cards were not available everywhere, and the fact that he could buy them locally represented a special opportunity, he went around buying all he could find. In time, they began to increase in value. He had been slowly selling them off for the past thirty years. These twenty-six cases were the last he had. They cost Charlie less than $1,000 in 1975. No one knew what would happen with such a large offering of cases. That's a huge supply. Nothing like this has ever happed before, but the interest was incredible." Competition was fierce. The twenty-six cases were offered in eight lots and sold for a total of $307,000.

An extraordinary find of unopened 1930s boxes and packs was only half-jokingly promoted by REA as "The Most Incredible Unopened Find in the History of the Universe!" These boxes and packs were saved by a candy and gum distributor as ordering samples, and had remained untouched and perfectly preserved on their product sample shelves for the past 70+ years, until just recently discovered. The family consigning this exciting find hoped that the total sales for the collection would approach $100,000. "Several days before the auction close, this figure had been reached, and they called REA to say they were already thrilled with the results, and that if the bidding went any higher, that would be great, but their expectations had already been exceeded," REA president Robert Lifson fondly recalls. When the dust settled on the final night of the auction, the total sales for the collection more than tripled to $336,343. "This was a once-in-a-lifetime offering. Collectors wanted to take something home from this find," adds Lifson. "When something is really special, that's when only an auction can do justice to material, both for buyers and sellers. This was that type of a collection."

The auction results at REA are widely recognized as providing the most important and respected snapshot of the vintage baseball card and memorabilia marketplace of the entire year. "We work really hard to make everything perfect and the real collectors and most serious buyers really appreciate what we do. The disclosure policies of the REA auction process, our focus on there being no conflicts of interest, the unparalleled confidence that bidders have in REA, all of these factors naturally contribute to strong results and the market's confidence in these results," explains Lifson. "The fact that that REA bidders don't have to worry about shill bidding, and so many other common fraudulent industry practices, and the fact that we are activists against the fraud, crime, and corruption that plague the field, these are all elements that promote bidder confidence. We try to protect our bidders. Our customers never have to worry about the auction house or its employees bidding against them. And our prices are real. That may sound like an unnecessary statement, but in this field it isn't. When we say that a Josh Gibson signed postcard sold for a world-record $81,200, or report any other incredible price, or bid level for bidders to contemplate topping during the auction, the results and bid levels are real, and bidders know this. It makes a big difference. The most serious bidders can and do bid at REA with the ultimate confidence in the integrity of the auction process. It shows in the prices."

Additional Highlights:

The 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth rookie card, one of card collecting's most legendary rarities, sold for $150,800 in poor condition, exactly matching the world record auction price for this iconic card in this condition previously set by REA. The R306 Butter Cream Confectionary of Babe Ruth, another new discovery and only the third example of this extreme rarity known, realized $55,812. The 1915 Cracker Jack of Christy Mathewson, graded MINT 9 by PSA, sold for an exceptionally strong $41,125. Two 1933 Goudey #106 Lajoies were included in the sale, one graded Near Mint, the other VG-EX, selling for $35,250 and $23,500, respectively. The T206 Cobb with the rare Red Hindu advertising back proved once again that all significant rarities associated with the famous T206 White Border set are always of great interest to collectors, especially important back rarities. This was the first Ty Cobb with Red Hindu back example that REA has ever offered. The reserve was $5,000. It did not go unnoticed. The final selling price was $38,187.

More significant auction highlights include: 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle, graded EX-MT+ by PSA, sold for $29,375; 1916 Sporting News card of Babe Ruth in Excellent condition, his first card as a Major Leaguer, sold for $41,125, a record price for this important card in this condition. When just four low-grade 1910-era tobacco cards were found in the attic of a non-collecting family, they were shocked to learn that the T206 Eddie Plank card was one of the great treasures of baseball card collecting. As they noted in their communications with REA, they felt like they hit the lottery with this lucky find, but the incredibly strong auction result made them feel "like they hit the lottery twice!" Though only graded in Poor condition by PSA, because the card had a great story and great eye-appeal, it sold for an extraordinary $38,187, by far a record price for this rare card in this grade. Joe Jackson's rookie card, issued in 1909 by the American Caramel Company and another one of card collecting's great classics, was offered in PSA 3.5 VG+ condition and sold for a very impressive $23,500.

A 1911 T205 Gold Border set (reserve $10,000; est. $20,000/$30,000) ranging in grade from Poor to Ex-Mt condition sold for $41,125; a 1912 T207 Brown Background Near-Complete Set (191 of 200 cards) also ranging from Poor to Ex-Mt condition (reserve $10,000; estimate $25,000) realized $44,062; a near set of 1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel (114 of 120 cards, missing several rarities including Joe Jackson) carried a reserve of $10,000 and realized an extremely impressive $47,000. A small group of six 1910 E93 Standard Caramel cards was submitted for auction ungraded and was so strong in condition that REA decided to send them all to PSA for grading. The cards ranged in grade from Ex-Mt to Near Mint+, which is very strong for caramel cards, and this no doubt played a role in propelling this small collection to their incredible $26,375 final selling price. An uncut sheet of 1933 Goudey Gum Company cards (reserve $10,000) sold for $29,375. A complete set of all six 1911 M110 Sporting Life cabinet cards, offered individually, sold for a total of $58,162.

More modern rarities also brought shocking prices. The 1967 Topps Test Stand-Up Collection of 12 cards (reserve $2,500, estimate $5,000+) was the subject of an all out bidding war among advanced collectors, finally selling for an extraordinary $41,125. The 1968 Topps 3-D PSA-Graded complete set (reserve $5,000, estimate $10,000+) had a card-by-card total SMR value of exactly $16,075. The final selling price: an astounding $41,125.

Record prices were set on countless items, both in cards and memorabilia, and spanning all eras. The 1551 lots, offered on behalf of 208 different consignors, were won by an incredible 630 different bidders, illustrating the power of the marketing and auction process, and the breadth of bidder interest. Successful bidders included some of the nation's most prestigious museums and corporate institutional collections, as well as representatives from numerous Major League teams. "We set record prices across the board" reports Lifson. "All areas of the auction received a tremendous response and very strong prices. Nineteenth-century baseball items were unbelievable, as always, as were all early baseball cards, advertising and display pieces, graded cards, Babe Ruth items, autographs, memorabilia, non-sport cards and artwork."

Thousands of bidders from all over the world participated. Exactly 23,369 bids were placed and more than 99% of the lots sold. The average lot sold for a record $6,545, and on average realized more than double the high-end estimate. "Prices were significantly higher than most consignors expected" according to REA president Robert Lifson. "Part of this, of course, is due to having great material, but part of this is also because all of the most serious collectors in the world are comfortable bidding at Robert Edward Auctions. Our Honest-Auto Bid system allows bidders to place limit bids and know that they are the only ones in the world that know their limit. The fact that we are truly an all-consignment auction, maybe the only one in the field, and the fact that we don't allow auction house executives, employees, or the auction house itself to bid, is also very confidence-inspiring to serious bidders. Compared to some companies, Robert Edward Auctions is a small firm. But that's actually part of our strength. We pay attention to details. We do everything better. No matter what criteria you have, we believe that we do the best job in the world for buyers and consignors. Our philosophy has always been very simple: If we do a great job, great things will happen. We don't take any shortcuts in processing collections. Bidders have confidence in our expertise and opinions. We don't own the material so we naturally have more credibility than dealers or auction houses that are also dealers. Our commitment to research and authentication is universally recognized as unparalleled. Our expertise in general is highly valued by bidders in a way that is very rare for an auction house. There are many collectors that only bid with us. It's not an accident. We go out of our way to do a better job. It shows in the prices realized."

The 1932 R300 George C. Miller Complete Set of 32 Cards, all graded by PSA, was another extraordinary auction highlight. In retrospect, this was one of the most exciting auction lots in the history of card collecting. The set carried a reserve of $10,000, and an estimate of $20,000/$30,000+. The total SMR guide value on the set was exactly $38,010. "We knew this was a special set. The George C. Miller set is one of the rarest of all 1930s card issues, and this was clearly one of the best sets in the world. Maybe the very best," notes REA president Robert Lifson. "This was the kind of set that collectors literally throw the guide books out the window when assessing. With special cards like these, only an auction can really give insight into true market value." But there's more to the story of the sale of this set. "The way the REA auction is run and closes ensures that lots go for what they're really worth, and sell to the person who is really willing to pay the most. That's what all auctions are supposed to do, but the way some auctions close lots, they often don't accomplish this. REA always does. This isn't just market theory. Our results prove it. This can be seen time and time again in REA's auctions. The R300 set is a prime example. A reasonable person would have thought that the bidding for this set was done at $85,000, which was the high bid at 7:13 AM on the morning of the day of the auction. No bids came in for more than twenty hours following this $85,000 bid, and that impressive level was more than double even the highest guide prices. But the unique REA auction process makes sure that the auction isn't over until the high bidder on every lot is actually the bidder who is willing to pay the most for that lot, and that every bidder has the opportunity to move their money around from lots they have been out-bid on to other lots they might still have an interest in, without being shut out of the auction. This is great for bidders. This is great for consignors. The auction officially Cended at exactly 3:47 AM the morning of May 3rd. In the nineteen minutes between 3:15 AM and 3:34 AM, just before the auction close, the R300 George C. Miller set was bid up from its already impressive hammer price of $85,000 to an even more incredible, simply unbelievable final selling price of $246,750. That's a big difference. On top of that, in the remaining minutes of the auction that followed, the unsuccessful underbidder went on to move his funds to other lots that he would not have otherwise bid on, moving other expensive lots much higher. The winning George C. Miller set bidder was able to add this set as a key addition to perhaps the most important and advanced collection in private hands. The consignor of this lot naturally made out much better, and the consignors of other lots also benefit. No other auction process could have delivered this result. And these same auction dynamics occur repeatedly at REA with other lots, large and small."

Additional Auction Highlights:

Nineteenth-Century Cards and Memorabilia were extremely strong, setting record after record, as is always the case at REA. The newly-discovered 1888 Old Judge batting pose of Tyng (res. $1,000) sold for $19,975, by far a record price for a non-Hall of Famer and non-PCL Old Judge card. The 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Peck & Snyder advertising trade card (res. $10,000) sold for $47,000. The 1886 N167 Old Judge of Buck Ewing in Good condition (reserve $5,000) sold for $26,437. The 1894 N142 Duke Cabinets of Ed Delahanty and Wilbert Robinson, each graded Good by SGC (and each with a reserve of $2,000) sold for record prices of $15,275 and $11,750, respectivley. The N172 Old Judge Cigarettes card of Jim O'Rourke, a particularly outstanding example graded MINT 9 by PSA, sold for $11,625. The 1887 Kalamazoo Bats tobacco card of Gillespie (reserve $5,000) graded Ex + by SGC realized $19,975.

Complete Sets Were on Fire: The 1956 Topps Complete PSA-Graded NM-MT 8 Set: #17 PSA Set Registry (reserve $10,00; estimate $25,000+) sold for $32,312; The 1957 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set (407): #9 PSA Set Registry (reserve $15,000; estimate $40,000+) sold for $52,875; 1967 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set: #8 PSA Set Registry (reserve $15,000; estimate $30,000+) sold for $41,125; the finest 1963 Topps set to ever come to auction was broken up smaller lots so that all the PSA 10s and low-population PSA 9s could be presented in the most ideal manner; the 1963 Topps set (#6 on the PSA Set Registry) realized an incredible total of $77,550. 1968 Topps Complete Set: #6 PSA Registry (reserve $10,000, estimate $20,000+) sold for $29,375. A 1952 Topps set (reserve $5,000; estimate $10,000/$20,000+), graded by PSA and varying in grade Vg to Nr/Mt, sold for an exceptionally strong $47,000.

Memorabilia Was Also Extremely Strong: Babe Ruth's 1932 cap sold for $99,875; Tom Seaver's 1967 Mets jersey sold for $47,000; Don Drysdale's 1963 home jersey (reserve $5,000) was perhaps the most shocking of all, selling for an incredible $55,812. Wilcy Moore's 1927 Yankees uniform sold for $44,062; The Val Picinich Collection, consigned directly by the Picinich family, was highlighted by a 1924 World Tour uniform (reserve $10,000) which sold for $35,250, and a 1921 Washington Senators uniform (reserve $2,000) which sold for $23,500; an extraordinary panoramic photograph of the American Negro Giants including the legendary Rube Foster was offered with a reserve of $5,000 and was hammered down for $22,325. Early World Series press pins, which have long been depressed in price, sold extremely strongly, including a record $8,225 for a 1919 Cincinnati Reds press pin. A 1919 World Series program at Chicago, for Game Three of the infamous "Black Sox" scandal, with a reserve of $2,000 sold for $23,525, another auction record. The 1922 World Series ring had never before sold for more than $15,000. According to REA's Robert Lifson, "This is a ring that has always been undervalued in our eyes, because this was the first year of the World Series ring. It was nice to finally see the market give this item the respect we always thought it deserved." The 1922 Giants World Series ring, presented to outfielder Ralph Shinners (reserve $2,500) sold for $58,750, by far setting a new auction record price for this important ring. A small but impressive collection of team-signed balls from the personal collection of a gentleman who was the bat boy for the Chicago Cubs from 1955 through 1958 was consigned to the auction directly by his daughter. The highlight of the collection was a remarkably high-grade 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Champions Team-Signed Ball (reserve $800, estimate $1,500/$2,500+). Collectors appreciated the condition, the authenticity (no "clubhouse" signatures), and the special provenance, which all combined to make this ball the single most popular item in the auction in terms of number of bids received, with 48 bids in total fielded by REA over the course of the auction in the battle for this prize. The ball sold for an extraordinary $32,312, setting an all-time auction record for any post-war team-signed ball.

Other Sports and Non-Sports:

The auction also included an impressive selection of select items from other sports, Americana, nonsport cards, and original card artwork, all of which sold extremely strong, including: A 1945 Don Hutson Green Bay Packers Game-Used Home Jersey (reserve $10,000), a birthday gift directly from Hutson to legendary NBA trainer Joe Proski when he was a youngster, sold for an impressive $70,500, tying the auction record for a football jersey set by REA in 2008. The 1962-63 Kahns Weiner basketball set of 13 cards (reserve $1,000) sold for an extraordinary $11,162. An extremely rare 1999 Augusta National Golf Club jacket, one of only a few "Masters Jacket" examples ever permitted to leave the grounds of the Augusta National Golf Club and be offered for sale without a legal or title issue, sold for $11,162. The 1933 R136 National Chicle "Sky Birds" Original Wax Box with 92 Unopened Packs (reserve $5,000), an unprecedented offering and one of the many highlights of the 1930s unopened find, sold for $47,000. The extremely strong PSA-graded 1959 Three Stooges set (reserve $2,000; estimate $4,000/$8,000+), with a total SMR value of $11,440, sold for $29,375. The original artwork to card #1 in the 1963 Topps Mars Attacks set (reserve $15,000) sold for an astounding $82,250, setting a record not just for any Mars Attacks original artwork ever sold (the previous record of $38,187 having been set at REA in 2004), but also setting a record for any nonsport gum card artwork ever sold at auction anywhere from any era.

Many other auction records were shattered for pre-1948 baseball cards, nineteenth-century baseball cards and memorabilia, non-sport cards, and Americana. Further information and complete auction results are available at our auction archive.

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For immediate release: May 15, 2008

Babe Ruth Rookie Card Sells For Record $517,000, T206 Wagner Sells For Record $317,000, Countless Baseball Card Auction Records Shattered At Robert Edward Auctions!!!

$9.07 Million Sale Is Most Successful Multi-Consignor Baseball Auction In The History of Collecting

Watchung, New Jersey. The economy may be on the ropes, but economic caution in the high-end baseball card and memorabilia market was nowhere in sight at Robert Edwards record-setting May 3, 2008 auction. The most anticipated baseball card and memorabilia auction in the world always generates great excitement and strong prices, but nothing could have prepared collectors, dealers, and market watchers for the shocking record prices at the spring REA auction, even in the midst of economic uncertainty and softer prices for rare and historic baseball items elsewhere.

The stunning across-the-board record final prices on all nineteenth and early twentieth century baseball cards and memorabilia totaled a staggering $9.07 million dollars across 1670 lots. The 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth rookie card in Very Good condition sold for an astounding $517,000, more than twice its previous auction record price, and even more than the auction record price of the T206 Wagner in this same condition. In fact, this is the most any card has ever sold for in the history of the collecting world, outside of the famous Gretzky-McNall T206 Wagner. This auction also featured a T206 Honus Wagner. This iconic card, which is extremely valuable in any grade, was in the lowest grade possible (Poor condition) and sold for an astounding $317,250, by far a world record price. The previous T206 Wagner record for this grade was $192,000 in 2007.

The record prices for the two most valuable baseball cards in the world were just the beginning. This was the single most successful baseball auction in the history of the collecting world, said REA president Robert Lifson. We have no control over exactly what comes to the marketplace for auction, so we judge ourselves by the things that are in our control, trying to do a great job in every way possible. But we really had the material this year. Prices at REA are traditionally always very strong, but there was concern that the larger forces of the economy would impact prices, especially for big-ticket items. Everyone was expecting the market to be softer, especially since prices have been lower elsewhere, but the exact opposite happened. The results speak for themselves.

The 1889 Anson-Ewing Beer Poster, featuring two great nineteenth-century stars endorsing Burke Ale, sold for an astonishing $188,000, setting a record for a baseball-related advertising poster and a record for any American advertising poster featuring a product of any kind. The recently rediscovered 1862 Knickerbockers team photograph, discovered in late 2007 in the former home of Walter Avery (the last surviving Knickerbocker player), sold for $58,750, setting a record for an 1860s baseball photograph. The R306 Butter Cream Confectionary card of Babe Ruth (PSA VG-EX 4), one of card collectings most legendary rarities, and which was saved in the same family since 1933, joined the elite $100,000+ club, selling for a record $111,625. A complete set of 1909-1911 T206 White Border tobacco cards, all PSA-graded and averaging Excellent condition, sold for $176,250. The Nagy example of the famous T206 Ty Cobb with Ty Cobb back, graded Fair, sold for an incredible record price of $64,625. This very card was purchased at auction by the consignor for $28,970. He thought he was going to lose a few dollars because of the economy, said REA officials. Instead it sold for more than double what he paid. Thats a pretty big difference for such a major high-profile rarity. This is not an isolated incident. This happened all over the place in the auction.

The total $9.07 million in sales for the auction set a new world record for a multi-owner all-consignment baseball card and memorabilia auction. This total also represents a new world record for any multi-consignor auction in which the auction house, auction house executives, and employees are prohibited from bidding in the auction. In fact, the $9.07 million dollar auction total is also a new record dollar volume ever to be hammered down in a single day in the history of sports collecting, surpassing the previous record of $8.7 million set by REA in 2007. No other sports card or memorabilia auction in the history of the field has ever sold anywhere near this dollar volume in a single day. Even the number of catalogs shipped was a record!

The auction results at REA are widely recognized as providing the most important and respected snapshot of the vintage baseball card and memorabilia marketplace of the entire year. We work really hard to make everything perfect and the real collectors and most serious buyers really appreciate what we do. The disclosure policies of the REA auction process, our focus on there being no conflicts of interest, the unparalleled confidence that bidders have in REA, all of these factors naturally contribute to strong results and the markets confidence in these results, explains Lifson. The fact that that REA bidders dont have to worry about shill bidding, and so many other common fraudulent industry practices, and the fact that we are activists against the fraud, crime, and corruption that plague the field, these are all elements that promote bidder confidence. We try to protect our bidders. Our bidders never have to worry about bidding on a fake T206 error card at REA. Our customers never have to worry about the auction house or its employees bidding against them. And our prices are real. That may sound like an unnecessary statement, but in this field it isnt. When we say that a Josh Gibson signed postcard sold for a world-record $81,200, or report any other incredible price, or bid level for bidders to contemplate topping during the auction, the results and bid levels are real, and bidders know this. It makes a big difference. The most serious bidders can and do bid at REA with the ultimate confidence in the integrity of the auction process. It shows in the prices.

That is an understatement. Record prices were set on countless items, both in cards and memorabilia, and spanning all eras. The extraordinary results leave no doubt that every item was sold to the person or institution that was willing to pay the most. The 1670 lots, offered on behalf of 249 different consignors, were won by an incredible 637 different bidders, illustrating the power of the marketing and auction process, and the breadth of bidder interest. Successful bidders included some of the nations most prestigious museums and corporate institutional collections, as well as representatives from numerous Major League teams. There was a tremendous amount of institutional bidder interest, maybe more than ever before. Museums were clearly adding to their collections. We obviously had some material that just happened to fit in to some important institutional collections. By any measure this was one of the most carefully assembled, important, and successful baseball card and memorabilia auctions in the history of collecting. We set record prices across the board reports Lifson. All areas of the auction received a tremendous response and very strong prices. Nineteenth-century baseball items were unbelievable, as always, as were all early baseball cards, advertising and display pieces, graded cards, Babe Ruth items, autographs, memorabilia, non-sport cards and artwork.

Thousands of bidders from all over the world participated. Exactly 24,575 bids were placed and more than 99% of the lots sold. The average lot sold for $5,435, more than double the high-end estimate. Prices were significantly higher than most consignors expected according to REA president Robert Lifson. Part of this, of course, is due to having great material, but part of this is also because all of the most serious collectors in the world are comfortable bidding at Robert Edward Auctions. Our Honest-Auto Bid system allows bidders to place limit bids and know that they are the only ones in the world that know their limit. The fact that we are truly an all-consignment auction, maybe the only one in the field, and the fact that we dont allow auction house executives, employees, or the auction house itself to bid, is also very confidence-inspiring to serious bidders. Compared to some companies, Robert Edward Auctions is a small firm. But thats actually part of our strength. We pay attention to details. We do everything better. No matter what criteria you have, we believe that we do the best job in the world for buyers and consignors. Our philosophy has always been very simple: If we do a great job, great things will happen. We dont take any shortcuts in processing collections. Bidders have confidence in our expertise and opinions. We dont own the material so we naturally have more credibility than dealers or auction houses that are also dealers. Our commitment to research and authentication is universally recognized as unparalleled. Our expertise in general is highly valued by bidders in a way that is very rare for an auction house. There are many collectors that only bid with us. Its not an accident. We go out of our way to do a better job. It shows in the prices realized.

Other Highlights:

Nineteenth-century cards and memorabilia were extremely strong, setting record after record, as is always the case at REA. The 1887 Kalamazoo Bats tobacco card of John Ward sold for an astounding $141,000, by far setting a new world record for any nineteenth-century baseball card ever sold at auction. This was one of three newly-discovered 1887 Kalamazoo Bats tobacco cards of New York players consigned by a Cooperstown-area family. The three cards, which the family had thought were worth hundreds of dollars (not thousands), sold for an incredible total of $190,937. The N172 Old Judge Cigarettes card of John Ward, a particularly outstanding example graded MINT 9 by PSA, sold for an incredible $29,375. A small original-owner collection of 57 Old Judges in mixed grade (reserve $2,000, estimate $4,000+) brought a surprisingly strong $23,500.

As is always the case at REA, all Babe Ruth items were red hot. Babe Ruths 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers cap from his coaching days sold for $70,500; Ruths bat dating from 1921 sold for $94,000. The 1927 Yankees team-signed ball, naturally signed by Ruth as well as all his teammates, realized $38,187. The Babe Ruth signed sepia Hall of Fame postcard sold for $44,062, a new record price for any signed Hall of Fame postcard for any player ever. Even Babe Ruths spittoon (reserve $500), a gift to a business associate (apparently as a joke) sold for $14,100!

A few of the many significant card highlights in the auction include: 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle, graded EX/NM, sold for $35,250; 1916 Sporting News card of Babe Ruth Near Mint condition (PSA NM 7), his first card as a Major Leaguer, sold for $44,062. Jim Thorpe from the same 1916 M101-5 Sporting News set, graded NM-MT 8 (OC) by PSA, also sold for $44,062, a world record in any condition for this significant card. A complete set of all six 1911 M110 Sporting Life cabinet cards, offered individually, sold for an incredible total of $133,362, including $41,125 for Ty Cobb, a record price for any M110 Sporting Life cabinet card. The collection of sixty-nine 1903 E107 Breisch-Williams caramel cards, mostly in low-grade, sold for a combined total of $96,643, for an incredible average of $1,400 per card. The 1894 Mayos Cut Plug set of forty-eight cards, which were also offered individually, sold for a total of $129,308. The 1916 Holmes-To-Homes Bread card of Joe Jackson, purchased just a few months ago by the consignor on eBay for $4,000, sold for a little more: the final price in the REA auction was $32,312.

Complete PSA-graded sets were on fire: The 1914 Cracker Jack set of 144 cards, all graded by PSA, sold for $88,125; the 1934 Goudey Gum near-set (89 of 96 cards), also graded by PSA (average grade 7.12) sold for $64,625; two 1952 Topps sets in mixed grade, each with a reserve of $5,000, sold for $26,437 and $32,312 respectively. The 1954 Topps set (average PSA grade 7.42) sold for $22,325; a 1956 Topps set, with every card graded PSA 8, was hammered down at $38,187; and the 1957 Topps set, also graded PSA 8, sold for a staggering $41,125. Even more recent PSA-graded sets sold for big money: a PSA-graded 1969 Topps Super set (average grade 9.60) sold for $17,625; a PSA-graded 1971 Topps set (average grade 8.10), sold for $29,375; a 1972 Topps set (PSA grade average 8.50) sold at $23,350; and a 1973 Topps set (PSA grade average 8.51) sold for $10,575.

Additional rare card results include: 1915 E145 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson (graded EX-MT 6 by PSA) sold for $26,437 (275% of the $9,500 SMR guide price); Christy Mathewson, also from the classic 1915 Cracker Jack set (graded NM/MT+), sold for $16,450; a 1911 T210 Old Mill Tobacco card of Casey Stengel, graded VG-EX by PSA and featuring the Ol Proffessor as a minor leaguer in his earliest days as a ballplayer, sold for an amazing $41,125, setting a new world-record price for this classic card; 1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth in PSA 8 NM-MT condition realized $23,500; and an 1887 Kalamazoo Bats New York Mets player card in Excellent condition sold for $26,437. A collection of ten Voskamps Coffee cards featuring 1913 Pittsburg Pirates players, saved in the same family since the year of issue, sold for $44,062, including $17,625 for Honus Wagner graded VG; the E90-1 American Caramel company card of Joe Jackson in Good condition sold at $16,450, and a second example that was trimmed but had an impressive Nr/Mt appearance sold for $20,000. An original-owner shoebox collection of 722 1949 Bowman baseball cards, an unusual year for such a large group of Bowman bubble-gum cards, did not escape notice: the final price for the lot was $26,437. An original-owner collection of thirty-six rare 1910 Clement Brothers Bread cards, consigned directly from a family that has saved them since 1910, sold for $57,868, including $11,750 for the highlight card of Hall of Fame pitching star Addie Joss.

As strong as cards were, a case can be made that memorabilia was even stronger: Stan Musials 1953 Cardinals jersey sold for $44,062; a 1939 letter written by Lou Gehrig discussing his illness, with a reserve of $10,000, sold for $41,125, a record for a Gehrig letter; Wilcy Moores 1927 Yankees uniform sold for an incredible $64,625; Josh Gibsons 1932 Homestead Grays player contract with a reserve of $5,000 sold for $32,312; an extraordinary newly-discovered panoramic photograph of the American Negro Giants including the legendary Rube Foster was offered with a reserve of $5,000 and was hammered down for $35,250. A 1972 Hank Aaron jersey graded A9 by MEARS sold for $29,375. Ken Boyers rookie 1955 St. Louis Cardinals uniform (graded A10 by MEARS) sold for $22,325, a record for a 1950s non-Hall of Famer flannel. A 1919 World Series program at Chicago, for Game One of the infamous Black Sox scandal, with a reserve of $2,000 sold for $17,625. Early World Series press pins, which have long been depressed in price, sprang to life, selling extremely strongly, including a record $15,275 for a 1915 Phillies press pin.

The auction also included an impressive selection of select items from other sports, Americana, nonsport cards, and original card artwork, all of which sold extremely strong, including: A Michael Jordan rookie jersey graded A10 by MEARS sold for $50,000; a 1959 Jim Taylor jersey Green Bay Packers jersey sold for $22,325, and a 1962-1965 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns jersey realized an extraordinary record $70,500.

Many other auction records were shattered for pre-1948 baseball cards, nineteenth-century baseball cards and memorabilia, non-sport cards, and Americana. Further information and complete auction results are available online at www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com

Copies of the 724-page full-color premium catalog are also still available free. Go to www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com, click Free Catalog, and fill in name and address. Robert Edward Auctions is currently assembling its next sale. For further information contact: Robert Edward Auctions, PO Box 7256, Watchung, NJ or call (908)-226-9900.

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For immediate release: May 15, 2007

Baseball Card and Memorabilia Auction Shatters Industry Records At Robert Edward Auctions!!!

$8.7 Million Sale Is Most Successful Multi-Consignor Baseball Auction In The History of Collecting

Watchung, New Jersey. Collectors, dealers, and market watchers were expecting great results, but in the end were absolutely stunned by the across-the-board record final prices, totaling a staggering 8.7 million dollars, on all nineteenth and early twentieth century baseball cards and memorabilia at Robert Edward Auctions on April 28th. "It is hard to put into words the success of this auction," said REA president Robert Lifson. "Everything went perfect. In many ways, this was the single most successful baseball auction in the history of the collecting world." The total $8.7 million in sales for the auction set a new world record for a multi-owner all-consignment baseball card and memorabilia auction. This total also represents a new world record for any multi-consignor auction in which the auction house, auction house executives, and employees are prohibited from bidding in the auction. In fact, the $8.7 million dollar auction total is also a new record dollar volume ever to be hammered down in a single day in the history of sports collecting, surpassing the previous record of $7.5 million set by REA in 2006. No other sports card or memorabilia auction in the history of the field has ever sold anywhere near this dollar volume in a single day. Even the number of catalogs shipped – ten thousand – was a record! The auction results at REA are widely recognized as providing the most important and respected snapshot of the vintage baseball card and memorabilia marketplace of the entire year. "The disclosure policies of the REA auction process, our focus on there being no conflict of interests, the unparalleled confidence that bidders have in REA, all of these factors naturally contribute to strong results and the market's confidence in these results," explains Lifson. "Of course, it helps to have great material, and we really had a lot of incredible consignments. The confidence our consignors and buyers have in us is the real key to the great success of this sale." Record prices were set on countless items, both in cards and memorabilia, and spanning all eras. "Compared to some companies, Robert Edward Auctions is a small firm. But that's actually part of our strength. We pay attention to details. We do everything better. No matter what criteria you have, we believe that we do the best job in the world for buyers and consignors. Our philosophy has always been very simple: If we do a great job, great things will happen. And the results show."

The extraordinary results do, indeed, leave no doubt that every item was sold to the person or institution that was willing to pay the most. The 1594 lots offered were won by an incredible 629 different bidders, illustrating the power of the marketing and auction process, and the breadth of bidder interest. Successful bidders included some of the nation's most prestigious museums and corporate institutional collections. By any measure this was one of the most carefully assembled, important, and successful baseball card and memorabilia auctions in the history of collecting. "We set record prices across the board" reports Lifson. "All areas of the auction received a tremendous response and very strong prices. Nineteenth-century baseball items were unbelievable, as always, as were all early baseball cards, advertising and display pieces, graded cards, Babe Ruth items, autographs, memorabilia, non-sport cards and artwork. This was a record-setting auction in every way."

The sale was the most successful auction in Robert Edward Auctions' 37-year history. Thousands of bidders from all over the world, primarily the U.S. but also including Europe, Japan, and Hong Kong, participated. Exactly 24,470 bids were placed and over 99% of the lots sold. The average lot sold for more than double the high-end estimate. "Prices were significantly higher than most consignors expected" according to REA president Robert Lifson. "Part of this, of course, is due to a strong market and having great material, but part of this is also because all of the most serious collectors in the world are comfortable bidding at Robert Edward Auctions. Our Honest-Auto Bid system allows bidders to place limit bids and know that they are the only ones in the world that know their limit. The fact that we are truly an all-consignment auction, maybe the only one in the field, and the fact that we don't allow auction house executives, employees, or the auction house itself to bid, is also very confidence-inspiring to serious bidders. We don't take any shortcuts in processing collections. Bidders have confidence in our expertise and opinions. We don't own the material so we naturally have more credibility than dealers or auction houses that are also dealers. Our commitment to research and authentication is universally recognized as unparalleled. Our expertise in general is highly valued by bidders in a way that is very rare for an auction house. There are many collectors that only bid with us. It's not an accident. We go out of our way to do a better job. It shows in the prices realized."

Highlighted by The Barry Halper Estate Collection, the REA auction also included numerous additional important collections and new discoveries. The recently rediscovered 1838 Olympic Constitution, previously known to exist but which had been lost to the collecting world for decades, sold for an astounding $141,000, setting a record price not just for any baseball publication but a record price for any sports related publication of any kind. The 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth rookie card was consigned by a non-collecting family from Providence, Rhode Island. The grandfather, who passed away in 1985, was a casual collector who had a small vintage card collection he assembled mostly from frequenting flea markets. The collection, which had been kept in storage since 1985 until very recently, by chance included the Ruth rookie. Just prior to contacting REA, the family came very close to selling the heirloom outright to a dealer who offered $8,000. They're glad they waited. The card sold for $200,000. The Barry Halper Estate Collection, consigned directly from the Halper family and comprised of the "small collection" of items that Barry Halper kept for his personal enjoyment during his "retirement from collecting," was offered in 247 lots and realized $1.4 million dollars. The Halper baseball film library alone (reserve $2,500) sold for $117,500.

Significant card highlights in the auction include: A 1952 Topps set (reserve $50,000), entirely graded by PSA, sold for $164,500. An impressive collection of 403 1886-1889 Old Judge tobacco cards in varying conditions, with a reserve of $10,000, sold for an incredible $111,625. A complete set of T206 White Border tobacco cards in varying condition (reserve $10,000, est. $20,000/$30,000) sold for $105,750. The 1953 Bowman set (which was entirely graded by PSA, with an SMR value of $65,000 and a reserve of $25,000, sold for an amazing $94,800.

The M101-4 1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth card, graded Near Mint 7 by PSA, sold for an astonishing $82,250, by far a record price for this important card in this condition. Another example of this very same card graded by PSA in this very same grade sold for $41,520 at another auction just one day earlier. "When comparing apples with apples, REA consistently realizes more for vintage baseball cards," says REA president Robert Lifson, "But usually not 100% more on the very same card in the very same grade encapsulated by the very same company, auctioned just one day apart. At least not for a card of this stature and value. We can't explain why ours brought so much more, only that it's already paid for and shipped out! It could be that ours was just a better card. We are told all the time that the fact that we don't do anything to the cards and have a strict policy against resubmitting cards or in any way lobbying for higher grades, all of which are common practices in the baseball card industry, means that many times our professionally graded Near Mint card actually is better than another auction's Near Mint card graded by the same company. This is starting to show up in a big way in auction prices realized. Of course, grading is subjective and many cards we get are already graded when we get them, so it could have just as easily been the other way around. But it wasn't. And it usually isn't. When we catalog already encapsulated graded cards of significant value, we often provide our own commentary, sometimes positive, sometimes negative, which collectors take very seriously. Sometimes we absolutely kill these cards, they have so many problems. If the consignor won't let us describe them accurately, it's our policy to send them back. We know that sometimes our descriptions on overgraded cards sound harsh, but we're just telling it like it is. Bidders really appreciate this. When we get a completely professionally graded 1941 Play Ball set with an average grade of 7.19, better than Near Mint condition, and all the key cards representing a very significant percentage of the value of the set are extremely overgraded, like Lot 453 in this auction, there's no way to sugarcoat it. If those cards had deserved their grades this set would have sold for a huge premium to its SMR book value of $23,500. It sold for $21,150. Still a lot of money but a discount instead of a premium. A set like that should sell at a discount. The consignor was very happy by the way; we insisted on showing him our description before we went to press and he was fine with it. On the flip side, sometimes cards look nicer than their assigned grades. On the $82,250 1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth card, we thought PSA was very fair and, if anything, conservative in grading this card at Near Mint. In our catalog description we didn't say the card should have been graded higher, but it was such a beautiful card that we had to say "if the card was in a NM-MT 8 holder, we wouldn't bat an eye. It looks like a NM-MT 8." Our opinion on this card, which was right on the money, was very meaningful to bidders and probably contributed to why this important high profile card sold for literally double what the same card in the same grade sold for elsewhere just one day earlier. It works both ways."

Additional auction highlights include: The 1912 Fenway Park First Pitched Ball sold for $85,000; a 1915 Yankees jersey (with a reserve of $2,000) sold for an unbelievable $55,812, by far setting a record for a non Hall of Famer jersey style of any team from any era; the circa 1869 bat attributed to George Wright, with a reserve of $10,000, sold for $88,125, setting a new auction record for any nineteenth-century bat; Mickey Mantle's 1955-1965 era cap (reserve $5,000) sold for an incredible $52,875, setting a new world record for a postwar game-used cap.

Additional early card highlights: The Tango Eggs near-set (16 different cards, #1 on the PSA Set Registry) sold for $58,175. The $100,000 reward publicly offered by REA for proof of the existence of six rumored-to-exist but not yet formally documented Tango Eggs cards went uncollected. "They could certainly be out there but, fortunately for us, no one actually came through to claim the reward" reports Lifson. "But it was fun talking to collectors about the reward money." The previously undiscovered Baltimore News team card with Babe Ruth (found with the individual $200,000 Ruth card) sold for $52,875, bringing the total take for the Rhode Island family to just over a quarter of a million dollars for the two cards. "This has been very exciting. It's been like winning the lottery for us, only more fun," said a family representative. The auction included two examples of legendary T206 tobacco card rarity Eddie Plank. The first was graded PR-FR 1 by PSA, the lowest grade possible. With a reserve of $2,000, the PR-FR example sold for an incredible $21,500. The second T206 Plank (reserve $2,500) was graded "Good" by SGC and sold for an amazing $35,250. Both of these results are by far record prices for this card in each of these grades. The T204 Ramly tobacco set in mixed grade sold for $52,875. A very clean mixed-grade T205 Gold Border tobacco card set (208 cards) with a reserve of $10,000 generated tremendous interest, finally selling for $70,500. "Some of the prices on these vintage mixed grade sets may seem high, but collectors were particularly drawn to these sets. They may have ranged from Fair to Excellent condition, but most of these cards were assembled decades ago by old-time collectors, as opposed to being collected in modern times. Collectors told us again and again that they appreciated that the cards had not been doctored or tampered with. Many bidders were willing to pay a significant premium because of this," explained Lifson.. "I can't blame them."

Nineteenth-century cards and memorabilia were extremely strong, setting record after record, as is always the case at REA. The 1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats cards of Danny Richardson, graded EX/MT by SGC (which was previously sold by REA in June 1995 for $3,357, and was consigned to the 2007 REA auction directly by the original 1995 buyer), sold for a record $49,937. An 1871 George Wright cabinet card by Warren Studios (reserve $1,000; est. $2,000/$4,000), which was the only baseball item discovered among a group of unrelated-to-sports documents during the settling of an estate in Colorado, sold for a record $17,625. The 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Peck & Snyder advertising trade card, one of the classics of nineteenth-century card collecting and featuring the first professional team, was encapsulated as "Authentic" by PSA and sold for a new world record price of $29,375. An exciting collection of 59 1898 Cameo Pepsin Gum pins, one of the largest groups of these important early baseball celluloid pins ever assembled, was offered in seven lots and sold for $44,236. The 1864 Brooklyn Resolutes CDV team card featuring Henry Chadwick, which last sold for $16,000 at auction just a few years ago, set an extremely important new record when offered at REA, selling for $47,000. This is a record price not just for this particular nineteenth-century team card, but for any baseball CDV of any kind to appear at auction ever. "It was great to see this card get the respect it deserves. This is a card that in the past, in our opinion, was always undervalued and underappreciated. We never understood why. We were happy to see the market appreciate the significance and rarity of this card in this auction."

Results on all 1910 era cards, especially extreme rarities, were very strong. A T206 of Ty Cobb with a rare UZIT advertising back sold for $29,375. This very same Ty Cobb tobacco card with a common advertising back lists for just $2,900 in the SMR this grade. A T206 tobacco card common player (Pastorious) graded MINT 9 by PSA (SMR value $2,400) sold for $8,225. A complete set of 1910 D322 Tip Top Pirates bakery cards in mixed grade (reserve $2,000; est. $4,000/$6,000) sold for an incredible $23,500. The largest collection of E125 American Caramel Die-Cuts to ever be assembled, a total of 37 cards, was presented in nine lots. The collection realized a total of $154,000, including $26,437 for Eddie Plank, a record price for any E125 of any player ever. A collection of seven T3 Turkey Red tobacco cards, all Hall of Famers and all graded by PSA (reserve $5,000; est. $10,000/$15,000), sold very strong at $26,437. Four M110 1911 Sporting News cabinet cards, each graded by SGC, were offered individually and sold for an incredible total of $47,587, including a record $22,325 for Honus Wagner in Vg-Ex condition. A T205 Gold Border of Christy Mathewson graded NM+ by SGC sold for $10,575; and a 1911 M116 Sporting Life card of Walter Johnson, graded MINT 9 by PSA, was hammered down at $12,925.

It was only a few years ago, in May 2004, that a color 1912 Boston Garter of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson in Very Good to Excellent condition sold for a then mind-boggling record price of $31,900. In this auction a common player, Robert Bescher, in Very Good condition sold for an astounding $35,250. "We can't explain some of these prices," comments Lifson, "It just goes to show that in an auction, anything can happen, and when it comes to really rare material, collectors will often throw out the book as far as referring to past prices. As advanced collectors grow more and more experienced, they're learning what they will see again and what they won't. There will always be cards that get a lot of hype and go for a lot of money but aren't that rare. Advanced collectors are growing more sophisticated and many are putting a greater emphasis on rarity in determining values. That hasn't always been the case. The market is constantly changing. It's hard to predict what some significant rarities will bring when they finally go to auction, but clearly, in some cases, it's a lot more than any guide will say and a lot more than people expect."

Additional interesting highlights: In 2006 REA offered a pair of 1911-1914 D304 Martens Bakery cards, representing two cards from a find totaling six of these rare cards, all in high grade, which were discovered tucked within the pages of a book, undisturbed for decades. Those two cards offered last year sold for such an incredible and unexpectedly high record amount ($18,000) that the consignor was moved to offer the remaining four cards (which he had planned to keep forever) in 2007 in the hopes that the remaining cards would bring a similar record price. Lightning did indeed strike twice! The four remaining cards, three high-grade and one only graded Vg by SGC, sold for $32,312. A 1915 Cracker Jack of Joe Jackson graded EX by PSA, which lists for $6500 in SMR, sold for $18,800. A 1914 Cracker Jack of Joe Jackson graded EX+ by SGC sold for $21,150. A 1933 Goudey #106 Nap Lajoie, one of card collecting's famous gum card rarities, was graded Near Mint by PSA and sold for $32,312. A 1933 Goudey #53 Babe Ruth graded NM-MT 8 by PSA sold for $38,187; a T206 Ty Cobb with green background graded NM 7 by PSA sold for $17,625; a 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle SGC 92 NM/MT+ sold for $16,450; a 1955 Topps set with all 206 cards graded NM 7 by PSA sold for $19,975; an extremely high-grade 1959 Topps set, #11 on the PSA Registry, sold for $38,187. A high-grade 1959 Fleer Ted Williams set, with seventy-eight cards graded MINT 9 by PSA, sold for $15,275. An unopened cello pack of 1954 Topps, looking exactly as it did when it originally sold for a nickel some fifty-three years ago, sold for a "slight premium" to its original cost: $5,581. For what this pack sold for in 2007 at REA, in 1954 you could have gotten 110,620 packs!

As strong as cards were, a case can be made that memorabilia was even stronger: An original 1923 Yankee Stadium Terra Cotta figural piece, one of the great souvenirs from Yankee Stadium which previously had an auction record of $9,600 sold for an astounding $52,875. The Joe Jackson signed document in the sale was last sold at REA in 2004 for $25,875. In 2007 this very same document sold for a record $44,062. Additional signed items include: An autographed photo of Christy Mathewson sold for $19,975; an autographed photo of the 1939 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies brought $23,500; a Roberto Clemente single-signed ball sold for $9,987. A presentation photograph of the 1917 All-Star team assembled in honor of Timothy Murnane Day was highly sought after, selling for more than double its previous auction record at $18,800. The 1870 New York Fashions litho, the auction catalog cover piece, was instantly propelled to being one of the most valuable nineteenth-century baseball display pieces, selling for more than three times its previous record at $22,325. A recently-discovered Babe Comes Home insert movie poster with restoration sold for $23,500. The title lobby card from this same movie sold for $16,450. A particularly strong and magnificently signed example of Mathewson's book "Pitching In A Pinch" (reserve $2,000; est. $4,000/$8,000) sold for $26,437, by far setting a record for any Christy Mathewson-signed book ever sold at auction. A check written to and endorsed by legendary deadball era pitcher Joe "Iron Man" McGinnity, the first McGinnity check REA has ever seen, had a reserve of $500 and was estimated at only $1,000 to $1,500 because it was laminated, a condition problem which traditionally very significantly impacts the value of autographed items. "We're seeing more and more that technical condition problems are secondary when it comes to important rarities. Eye appeal will always play a role, of course" adds REA president Robert Lifson, "but if it's rare, important, and is pleasing to look at, even if it does have serious technical condition flaws, it might bring as strong a price as if it were perfect." That is certainly what happened to the McGinnity check. It sold for $19,975.

Additional highlight memorabilia results include: 1927 Jim Bottomley St. Louis Cardinals game-used road jersey (reserve $5,000) sold for $38,187; a 1911 Boston Red Sox jersey of a common player realized $12,925; Derek Jeter game-used 2002 Yankee pinstripe jersey (reserve $2,000) sold for $15,275; 1911-16 Ty Cobb pro model bat sold for $29,375; 1917-1920 era Joe Jackson pro model bat sold for $35,250; 1939 era Ted Williams pro model bat $17,625; 1956 Mickey Mantle game-used bat $32,312. Pete Rose's Hall of Fame Lifetime Pass signed inscribed to Barry Halper: "Barry, I shouldn't need this pass to get into the Hall of Fame" was always one of Halper's favorite "story" items, and sold for $18,800. A very noteworthy new record was set for highly respected baseball artist Mike Schacht (1936-2001). His Warhol-style four portraits on one canvas of Joe DiMaggio sold for a world record for this important artist at $29,375.

As usual, all items related to Babe Ruth were red hot. A never-before-offered autographed photograph of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, taken on July 4, 1939, the day of Lou Gehrig's famous farewell speech, sold for $58,750, deservedly selling for a great premium to what Ruth-Gehrig autographed photos normally bring. A beautiful and extremely striking large-format 11 x 14-inch signed presentation photograph of Babe Ruth originating from the H&B archives sold for $26,437. Ruth's book contract for his biography, The Babe Ruth Story, sold for $38,187. A promissory note relating to the 1920 sale of Babe Ruth from the Yankees to the Red Sox, signed by Frazee, Ruppert, and Huston, sold for $44,062. Ruth himself was sold for only $100,000. Even Babe Ruth's hair, which REA officials noted they have no way to authenticate but which had for decades been a highly-prized keepsake in the legendary Barry Halper Collection, sold for $38,187. Ruth's personal toiletries, including a hand mirror, hair brush, comb, shoe horn, and glass toothbrush holder with metal cap, all with Ruth's monogram and which were a gift direct from Mrs. Ruth to Barry Halper, sold for $16,450. A 1934 Tour of Japan photo album with signatures of all the tourists including Ruth and Gehrig, realized $26,437. Numerous Babe Ruth signed baseballs in all conditions were sold, including a particularly impressive signed (non-Major League) Goldsmith brand ball (reserve $1,000; est. $2,500/$5,000+) that realized $26,437. "Non-Major League Ruth balls traditionally sell for a significant discount, but this result shows that non-Major League signed balls can bring big money too." This was a record for a non-Major League Ruth-signed ball.

The last lot in the auction, Lot #1594, was comprised of cards donated by generous vintage card collectors to raise money for charity. The lot raised $7,050 for The Painted Turtle, an innovative camp and family care center for children with life-threatening illnesses. It seems most fitting to us that a shared interest in collecting baseball cards, which were intended to bring joy to children long ago, should play a role in contributing to the well being of children today who have to deal with the most serious hardships that life can offer to them and their families. This project was conceived, organized, and executed by the vintage card collectors of the Net54 Vintage Baseball Card Forum. It was an honor for REA to contribute our services to this project, and to help execute the vision of the generous collectors who have donated their time, effort, and material to such a worthy charitable cause. We hope this will be the first of many similar auctions, in which, working together, collectors with an extra card here, or duplicate there, can make a difference. The Painted Turtle and the children whose lives they enrich give thanks to the contributing members of Net54, all bidders, and to auction winner Jon Rogers of North Little Rock, Arkansas for your great generosity.

The auction also included an impressive selection of select items from other sports, Americana, nonsport cards, and original card artwork, all of which sold extremely strong, including: A Michael Jordan rookie jersey (reserve $10,000) sold for a new world record price, an extraordinary $70,500. The 1992 Jordan Olympic jersey also sold very strong at $38,187. A 1948 Leaf football card of Sammy Baugh, graded NM-MT 8 by PSA and which lists for $2750 in the SMR, sold for an amazing $12,925. A 1975 Peanuts daily by Charles Schulz sold for $11,750, and a 1991 Peanuts Sunday sold for $23,500. Many high quality non-sport cards sold at levels that have historically been reserved only for rare baseball cards. Among the many impressive non-sport card auction results: There was tremendous interest in the complete set of 1932 U.S. Caramel "Presidents" cards (reserve $2,500) that included the rare McKinley card, universally recognized as one of non-sport card collecting's great rarities. The set finally sold for $22,325. A complete set of 1936 Gum, Inc. "G-Men & Heroes of the Law" (reserve $2,500, est. $5,00/$7,000) was hammered down at $22,325; and a tremendous collection of miscellaneous nineteenth-century non-sport tobacco cards sold for $32,125.

Many other auction records were shattered for pre-1948 baseball cards, nineteenth-century baseball cards and memorabilia, non-sport cards, and Americana. Further information and complete auction results are available online at www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com

Copies of the 680-page full-color premium catalog are also still available free. Go to www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com, click "Free Catalog," and fill in name and address. Robert Edward Auctions is currently assembling its next sale. For further information contact: Robert Edward Auctions, PO Box 7256, Watchung, NJ or call (908)-226-9900.

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Robert Edward Auctions, LLC is a one of the world's leading specialty auction houses, devoted exclusively to the sale of rare baseball cards, memorabilia, and Americana.

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For immediate release: March 20, 2007

Historic Baseball Treasures 1838-1968 Highlight REA's April Auction

Collectors brace for one of the most historic auctions in the history of collecting

The very first Robert Edward Auctions catalog off the presses on April 5, 2007 will be presented to The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, for their library, as is the longstanding tradition. The following day, however, Ten-Thousand 600-page catalogs will be sent to collectors all over the country and the world who have anxiously been waiting all year for the collecting world's most exciting and highly-anticipated auction, the annual sale by Robert Edward Auctions. Inside the auction catalog will be hundreds of items worthy of Cooperstown, many of which will ultimately find their way into the most prestigious collections, both private and public, in the world.

The final date of bidding is April 28. Bidding starts April 9 by FAX, phone, or the Internet via the Robert Edward's site. Robert Lifson, president of the Watchung, New Jersey, auction house, expects the total sales for the event to exceed $5-million. Coming to the block will be over 1500 lots of baseball collectibles covering the entire history of the game from 1838 to the present. Of special note is the unveiling of the recently discovered 1838 Philadelphia Olympics Constitution, the earliest relic of organized baseball from the first organized baseball team in existence. Referred to by some as the "Magna Carta" of the game of baseball, this item is arguably the most historically significant item relating to the origins of the National Pastime in existence. This is the document that records the birth of organized baseball.

The auction will include many remarkable discoveries and extraordinary rarities in all areas and from all eras, including: over 200 lots of pre-1900 baseball cards and memorabilia; display pieces; original art; rare pinbacks; autographs; graded cards; tobacco cards; caramel cards; regionals; 1930s gum cards; Topps and Bowman sets; bats, gloves, uniforms, and other equipment.

"This is one of the best auctions we've ever put together," says REA president Robert Lifson. "The highlight section in my eyes is The Barry Halper Collection. Barry Halper was the preeminent collector in the history of baseball cards and memorabilia. It would be impossible for us to put into words the positive impact he had on the entire field of collecting and on me personally. It's a special privilege and honor for Robert Edward Auctions to be chosen by the Halper family to present the balance of the Barry Halper Collection in this auction." Robert Edward Auctions oversaw the sale of the legendary Halper Collection in 1999, which realized over $26 Million. When he sold his collection, Barry kept a significant selection of items. It was a modest collection to Barry – but that was only in comparison to the extraordinary magnitude of the Halper Collection intact. In fact, the "modest" collection he kept was itself larger than most advanced collectors could ever hope to assemble in a lifetime. The Barry Halper Collection, comprised of those items that Barry Halper particularly enjoyed and personally held back from his famous sale for display during his "retirement from collecting," will be presented in over 200 lots in this sale.

Graded cards are a special strength of the auction. Included are many of the highest-graded cards and finest baseball card sets ever assembled. Among the items of special interest will be: one of the finest 1952 Topps sets ever assembled, all PSA-graded, with an average grade of 7.5; the set includes 228 NM-MT 8, 164 NM 7, and seventeen cards EX-MT 6, (the SMR value is $163,000, the reserve is $50,000); one of the finest 1953 Bowman Color sets ever assembled, with 159 cards graded NM-MT 8 and one NM 7 (Reserve $25,000; est. $50,000+); the #1 PSA Registry set of 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Complete Set (198 cards are offered as one lot, reserve $10,000; Ruth and Jackson, each graded PSA NM 7, will be offered as separate lots); the #1 PSA Registry Collection of 1916 Tango Brand Eggs cards (16 of 18 cards known, reserve $10,000); the #1 PSA 1956 Registry 1956 Topps pins complete set (Reserve $2,000, est. $5,000+); the #2 PSA Registry set of 1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel Near-Complete Set (112 of 120 cards, reserve $10,000): the #7 PSA Registry set of 1941 Play Ball (average grade 7.19, reserve $10,000); the #9 PSA Registry set of 1954 Bowman (average grade 7.05, reserve $2,500, est. $5,00/$10,000+); the #11 PSA Registry set of 1959 Topps (average grade 8, reserve $10,000, est. $20,000+); plus numerous other completely PSA-graded sets and key single cards.

The newly discovered 1914 Baltimore News team card of Babe Ruth, and the newly-discovered individual 1914 Baltimore News card of Babe Ruth in Good condition, each carry a reserve of $10,000 and are expected to sell for considerably more than their modest minimums. The last 1914 Baltimore News Ruth card offered to the collecting world at auction was in lower grade (PR-FR) and sold for $150,800 at Robert Edward Auctions in 2006. Additional highlights include: the largest collection of E125 American Caramel Die-Cuts to ever be assembled, let alone come to auction (37 of the 42 cards which theoretically exist); complete sets of T204 Ramly Tobacco cards, T205 Gold Borders, and T206 White Borders; complete or near-complete sets of many 1910-era caramel card sets; over 200 PSA-graded T202 Hassan Triple Folder cards; two rare T206 Eddie Planks; an extremely rare 1869 Peck & Snyder advertising trade card featuring baseball's first professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings (est. $10,000+, reserve $5,000); an 1864 Brooklyn Resolutes Carte-de-Visite including Henry Chadwick, one of the most important of all pre-1900 cards and one of only two examples known (reserve $5,000, est. $10,000/$20,000); an extraordinary array of rare nineteenth-century baseball cards including examples issued by Kalamazoo Bats, Yum-Yum Tobacco, and G & B Gum, as well as many rare nineteenth-century baseball cabinet cards; Cracker Jack baseball cards issued in 1914 and 1915; literally thousands of 1910-era baseball tobacco cards, one the largest selections to ever be offered at auction; a collection of over 400 N172 1887 to 1890 Old Judge baseball cards issued by Goodwin & Co.; complete Topps and Bowman sets from virtually every year including three complete sets of 1952 Topps with the rare high-numbers.

The auction also features one of the finest selections of game-used bats to ever come to auction, including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Jimmie Foxx, one of only two known signature model bats dating from Joe Jackson's playing days (reserve $10,000); and two extraordinary Mickey Mantle bats including one dating from 1956, his triple crown year (reserve $5,000; est. $10,000/$15,000). Also included is a 1927 Jim Bottomley St. Louis Cardinals Jersey, the only example known for this Hall of Famer (reserve $5,000; est. $10,000/$15,000); a Joe Jackson signed document, one of only a few examples known (reserve $5,000; est. $10,000/$15,000); a 1937 Rock-Ola World Series Arcade electronic game, 53" x 41" x 29", (est. $20,000+, reserve $10,000); Mickey Mantle's game-used cap (reserve $5,000, est. $10,000+); a Christy Mathewson studio portrait photograph signed by Mathewson to legendary baseball photographer Louis Van Oeyen, originating from his estate (reserve $10,000, est. $20,000+); and an extraordinary original photograph of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig together, taken on July 4, 1939, the day of Lou Gehrig's famous farewell speech, signed by both Ruth and Gehrig. This is one of baseball's most famous photographs, and one of only two signed examples known to exist (reserve $10,000; est. $20,000+).

Also included are: a collection of five 1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinets, including Honus Wagner (Reserve $5,000); a 1912 H813 Boston Garter Bob Bescher, one of card collecting's rarest sample (reserve $2,500; est $5,000/$10,000); cards from rare sets such as 1911 T217 Mono Cigarettes, 1886 Lone Jack Cigarettes, 1915 T214 Victory Tobacco, and 1894 Alpha Photo-Engraving. Other cards include: an extremely rare 1889 M-UNC Police Gazette Cabinet of Billy "Adonis" Terry (reserve $1,000); 1955 Topps Double Headers set (reserve $1,000; est. $2,000/$4000); and numerous key cards from all eras such as 1939 Play Ball #92 Ted Williams SGC NM/MT+ 92 (reserve $1,500; est. $3,000/$5,000); 1914 E145 Cracker Jack #88 Christy Mathewson SGC FR 20 (reserve $2,000; est. $4,000/$6,000); 1941 Play Ball #71 Joe DiMaggio SGC NM/MT 88 (reserve $2,500; est. $4,000/$8,000); 1933 R319 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth SGC NM/MT 88 (reserve $5,000; est $10,000/$15,000); and 1915 E145 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb SGC NM/MT 88 (reserve $5,000; est. $10,000/$20,000).

Additional items of special note include: the #1 PSA Registry complete set of 1936 Gum, Inc. "G-Men & Heroes of the Law" (reserve $2,500, est. $5,000/$7,500); an extraordinary example of the 1933 Goudey #106 Nap Lajoie, one of the most celebrated of all baseball card rarities, graded PSA NM 7 (est. $20,000/30,000, reserve $10,000); a 1952 Mickey Mantle PSA EX-MT 6 (reserve $5,000, est. $10,000/$15,000); a large selection of high-grade low population report cards from key sets such as 1933 Goudey and T206 (including examples from the Harris Collection); a completely PSA-graded 1933 DeLong Gum set; a 1955 Topps complete set of 206 cards with every card PSA graded NM 7; one of only two known examples of the 14 x 36-inch 1927 Babe Comes Home Movie Poster Insert (reserve $5,000); a complete set of 1933 Goudey "Big League" bubble-gum cards; 1914 WG4 Polo Grounds game cards of Ty Cobb and Joe Jackson – both graded PSA GEM MINT 10 (reserve $2,000 and $3,000, respectively), 1949 Bowman PCL Complete PSA-Graded Set; one of the largest collections ever assembled of the rare 1898 Cameo Pepsin Gum baseball pins (59 different); single-signed baseballs of Babe Ruth, Roberto Clemente, Jackie Robinson, and Ty Cobb; famous 1939 Hall of Fame Induction photograph signed by all including Ruth, Wagner, Johnson, and Young, one of only several known signed examples (reserve $5,000); a 1934 Tour of Japan presentation album signed by all players including Ruth and Gehrig (reserve $5,000, est. $10,000/$15,000); a 1911 Boston Red Sox jersey; the earliest known Yankee jersey dating from 1915; 1911 M116 Sporting Life Walter Johnson PSA MINT 9 (reserve $5,000, est. $10,000+), an extraordinary selection of 1934 R304 Al Demaree Die-Cuts issued by Dietz Gum Company, Brooks Robinson's 1962 game-used Baltimore Orioles home jersey (reserve $1,000, est. $4,000+); items originating from the estates of Alexander Cartwright, Henry Chadwick, Tim Murnane, George Wright, Paul Krichell (the Yankee scout who discovered Lou Gehrig); material relating to Boston's legendary "3rd Base" tavern-owner Michael "Nuf Ced" McGreevey and the legendary Royal Rooters, and the first ball ever thrown out at Fenway Park in 1912 (reserve $85,000).

Sports other than baseball are also represented by a small selection of extremely high quality items, including Michael Jordan's 1984-85 Rookie Uniform (graded MEARS A10, reserve $10,000); and 1992 Michael Jordan Signed Game-Used Olympic "Dream Team" Jersey (graded MEARS A10, reserve $5,000). These jerseys represent two of only three Michael Jordan jerseys to ever be awarded the highest grade of A10 for authenticity by MEARS.

The auction also includes an incredible selection of very high quality Comic, Pop Culture, and Americana related items. In addition to thousands of nonsport cards dating from the 1880s to the 1960s, the Americana section is highlighted by The National Biscuit Collection, representing an extraordinary collection of items from the company's archives, including the original 1900 painting of the Uneeda Biscuit Boy, the corporate symbol of the company and at one time the single most famous advertising icon in the world; the largest collection of original artworks by Charles Addams to ever come to auction (21 original artworks, including many published in the New Yorker); and two original Peanuts comic strip artworks by Charles Schulz including an extraordinary Baseball Sunday comic strip (reserve $5,000, est. $10,000).

For over 30 years Robert Edward Auctions has specialized in all areas of historic baseball collectibles, as well other sport, non-sport, and Americana collectibles including political and campaign memorabilia, autographs and manuscripts, and original illustration art. Robert Edward Auctions has been responsible for many of the most important baseball memorabilia sales including overseeing the sale of the $26-million Barry Halper baseball collection, universally recognized as the best and largest in the world; the legendary "Gretzky-McNail" T206 Honus Wagner card, $1.3-million; the uniform Yankee legend Lou Gehrig was wearing in 1939 when he gave his famous farewell speech, saying "Today, I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth", $306,000; and the 1854 Knickerbocker Trophy baseball, now on permanent exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York, at a then-record $72,000.

Copies of the 600-page full-color premium catalog (shipping April 7) are available free. To review the catalog on-line, to learn more about Robert Edward Auctions, or to receive a complimentary copy of the catalog, visit www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com. Robert Edward Auctions is currently assembling their next sale. For further information contact: Robert Edward Auctions, PO Box 7256, Watchung, NJ or call (908)-226-9900.

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