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Yankees’ Legendary Lineup autograph card will return to auction block — with further certification by Chris Olds
January 26, 2011, 12:17 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

A heavily scrutinized Topps baseball card featuring the autographs of nine members of the 1927 New York Yankees has been judged to be authentic, according to more than one authentication company, and will return to the auction block on Thursday.

However, the card’s examination wasn’t without a new caveat not previously mentioned publicly as the autograph of Lou Gehrig appears to have been painted around to obscure lesser signatures near it — making it more visually appealing — according to James Spence Jr. of James Spence Authentication.

How rare is this kind of alteration?

“More often than a flat item, multi-signed baseballs are often painted over to give the illusion that they appear as single-signed,” Spence said Thursday. “A company in California specializes in this type of craft.”

This aspect is noted on the Spence Letter of Authenticity, which will be included with the card when it is sold by Beckett Select Auctions , the consignment auction service division of Beckett Media. The auction will launch Thursday with an opening bid of $20,000. The auction will close on on Super Bowl Sunday following the game here in Dallas.

The 2010 Topps Tribute Legendary Lineup Cuts card features the signatures of Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Gehrig, Bob Meusel, Tony Lazzeri, Joe Dugan, Pat Collins and Waite Hoyt — all on one booklet.

A redemption for the card was found by a collector in Missouri, who opted to sell the card through Beckett Select. The auction briefly ran in December with a starting bid of $20,000. However, Select ended the auction early as a precaution when it received multiple questions about the authenticity of the Ruth and Gehrig signatures.

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Topps, PSA stand behind Legendary autographs by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

A heavily scrutinized Topps cut autograph card featuring the starting lineup of the 1927 New York Yankees is off the auction block and headed for additional examination.

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Beckett Select Auctions lands Legendary card by Chris Olds

Beckett Select Auctions, the consignment auction service division of Beckett Media, has sold a few notable cards through the years for collectors who wanted a bit more security with their high-dollar transactions.

This latest auction, which starts tonight, just might be one of the bigger items that Select has ever offered.

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer discuss one collector’s once-in-a-lifetime find with Beckett Select’s Dave Sliepka.

What’s the card? You’ll have to watch the video to find out…

For more on the auction of a legendary Topps creation or Beckett Select, visit Beckett.com/Select.

Once the auction goes live tonight, you will find the information right here.



FREE STUFF FRIDAY (7-30) Weeklong Contest — A 2010 Topps Tribute Babe Ruth memorabilia card (only 99 exist) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Box Busters: 2010 Topps Tribute baseball cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of the high-end 2010 Topps Tribute baseball card set in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside these boxes?

Watch and find out … and you can find out how to win the sweetest cards from these boxes in future issues of Beckett Baseball.



First look: 2010 Topps Tribute Dynasies & Rivalries Edition by Chris Olds

Topps unveiled on Friday its plans for 2010 Topps Tribute Dynasties & Rivalries Edition baseball, which will include six autographed or Relic cards in every box (one per pack) as it focuses on some of the stories teams and showdowns in MLB.

There also will be six parallel cards in every box of the hobby-exclusive product when it arrives in late July (“the week of July 19” for you who want something more specific).

What’s the big, big, big card unveiled so far? Try a multi-card cut autograph booklet with autographs for the lineup of the 1927 New York Yankees. See it after the jump.

Among the autograph lineups are the Legendary Lineups booklet cards, Rivalries Revisited cuts — which will even include political foes such as John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro — Franchise Cuts, Tribute Cuts, and three types of autographed Relic cards (single, double and triple).

Among the Relic lineups are Franchise Feats Relics (booklet cards), Franchise Feats BuyBack Relics (past Tribute cards) as well as standard, dual and triple Relics.

All autographs and Relics have parallels — Red (1/1), Gold (1/1), Black (50) and Blue (75).

Read more and see a full batch of preview images after the jump.

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