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Freedom Collection highlights Heritage sale by Chris Olds


The impressive haul of rare and high-grade key vintage baseball cards — The Freedom Collection — in the latest Heritage Auctions sale ended on Thursday with a 1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank PSA 6 leading the way at $155,350.

Three notable cards from the collection did not sell — a PSA 8 Ty Cobb 1911 D304 Brunners card estimated at $200,000 — along with a – 1910 T210 Old Mill Series 8 Joe Jackson PSA 2 and a 1910 T210 Old Mill Casey Stengel PSA 6. Those cards are available for purchase now on Heritage’s site, the Cobb with an asking price of $239,000.

The remainder of the collection sold with many of the cards reaching into five-figures.

See a rundown after the jump. See additional images from the auction here.

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Black Sox’s staining of the game hasn’t hurt their cards by Chris Olds


There are plenty of scandals and black eyes for baseball through the years but today is the day, albeit 90 years ago, that one of the most egregious tales officially began.

The Black Sox — the throwing of the 1919 World Series by the Chicago White Sox.

Eight players — Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte, Lefty Williams, Chick Gandil, Fred McMullen, Swede Risberg, Happy Felsch and Buck Weaver — were banned from the game for life, added to baseball’s ineligible list for their involvement in or knowledge of the fix.

And because those players are on the ineligible list, they have largely been unseen on modern-day baseball cards because they are ineligible to appear on any cards licensed by Major League Baseball.

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Heritage set to auction million-dollar vintage collection by Chris Olds


An impressive collection of rare and high-grade key vintage baseball cards is set to hit the auction block through Heritage Auctions in September, led by a PSA 8 Ty Cobb 1911 D304 Brunners card estimated at $200,000.

The Freedom Collection as a whole is estimated to fetch more than $1.2 million for just 40 cards of Hall of Fame players and will be sold during the Dallas-based company’s Signature Sports Auction that launches on Sept. 10 and ends on Oct. 1. The seller has wished to remain anonymous.

“It absolutely ranks among the finest private collections of high-end cards in the world,” said Heritage’s Chris Ivy in a release. “Only the most iconic names in baseball history are represented, and each of the 40 cards rate among the highest graded available … It’s rare to have a single six-figure card in an entire auction, and there are several examples in this small but special collection.”

It includes “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays among the highlights. See a sampling of the cards after the jump.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Now that’s some pricey wax … by Chris Olds

The Baseball Card Exchange brought some pricey vintage wax boxes to the 30th National Sports Collectors Convention this year in Cleveland. Ever wonder what a 1955 Topps wax box will run you? Watch and find out …

Did you know? … Allen & Ginter Team Orange by Chris Olds


Collectors who opened packs of last year’s Allen & Ginter baseball set from Topps may have found a Team Orange card featuring one of seven players from the turn of the century.

The cards were found one in every 144 packs — and are worth about $10 apiece or so today — and were a key to Jason Wong‘s codebreaking success.

But we’ve got an exclusive scoop on these cards, something that is sure to blow your mind. It turns out that Team Orange’s legends weren’t baseball players at all, rather Topps employees.


A Topps official speaking on condition of anonymity — err, fear of being outed as the wearer of an unusual paste-on mustache — confirmed on Tuesday the true identities of Team Orange …

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Dom DiMaggio’s cards aren’t inexpensive Joe alternatives by Chris Olds

Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Dom DiMaggio — a seven-time All-Star and the little brother of Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio — died Friday at 92.

The “Little Professor” appeared on 127 baseball cards through the years — 43 of those from his playing days with the Red Sox during the 1940s and early 1950s. He finished his career with 1,680 hits and a .298 average.

While some may think that Dom DiMaggio’s cards are an inexpensive alternative to owning some of his brother Joe’s cards, they’re really not. He’s got some pricey cards of his own, despite not having Hall of Fame credentials.

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Bernice Gallego’s card at $31,000 and counting … by Chris Olds
February 6, 2009, 2:36 pm
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The 19th century baseball card discovered by a 72-year-old California woman who sells antiques is at $31,573 on the auction block with a few days remaining.

Bernice Gallego‘s 1869 Peck & Snyder card is being sold by Tustin, Calif.-based Memory Lane Inc. after a groundswell of publicity in her story had her on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last month.

The auction for the PSA authenticated card, which is considered to be one of the first baseball cards ever made, can be seen here.

Bidding closes on Tuesday.

To read more about Gallego, visit the Fresno Bee‘s original story by Mike Osegueda here.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at