March 30, 2017: Sports & Americana Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/30/2017
Here’s a lot that speaks to the devotion of St. Louis Cardinals fans, a lifelong accumulation of primarily Bowman and Topps vintage cards from every year of the beloved franchise from 1948 to 1971, plus a group of about 300 cards of the Redbirds printed in this millennium, but often picturing stars from the last one. Given the enormous scope of the lot, a good deal of close examination is encouraged, for there are treasures to be found in this vast archive. This is an old-style hobby staple, a fan’s commitment to his favorite team, in this case the behemoth of the Midwest Cardinals, the club that ruled the roost throughout the region for decades and in many respects still does today. This collector pursued cards of his favorite team, compiling most of the cards from every Topps and Bowman issue in the years immediately following the war, then upping the ante with Topps Cardinals team sets from the mid-1950’s and into the 1960’s that would run from a couple of dozen each year and into more than three dozen, often including Cardinals specials like team cards, combination cards, League Leaders and the like. There is no duplication here; this is the passion of a serious fan, finding as many cards as possible from the St. Louis franchise. As might be expected of a purist’s pursuit like this, condition can vary from year to year and is broadly delineated for each issue in the breakdown below. The 300 or so 1990’s and 2000’s era cards are pretty uniformly Near-Mint to Mint or better, often derived from the many Upper Deck smaller sets issued over the last 20 years depicting the great Cardinals Hall of Famers and stars from earlier eras in the high-tech, silver and gold foil glitzy pasteboards of modern times. Here’s the breakdown, with cards from 1948-52 generally Very Good to Excellent, with some above and below: 1948 Bowman (3) - Marion, Slaughter (Good) and Schoendienst; 1949 Bowman (11) – Marion, Slaughter, Schoendienst, Moore and Brecheen; 1950 Bowman (15) – Marion, Schoendienst, Brecheen, Pollett and Lanier; 1951 Bowman (21) – Marion, Schoendienst, Garagiola Rookie (Very Good), Brecheen, Rice and Staley; 1952 Bowman (12) – Schoendienst, Brecheen and Lowrey; 1952 Topps (20) – Mostly Very Good, couple Good, including Slaughter (Good), Schoendienst (Good), Hemus, Rice, Stanky, Staley, Munger, Lowrey, Brazle, Johnson and Glaviano; 1953 Topps (20) – Good to Very Good, some below, including Slaughter, Schoendienst, Boyer, Brecheen, Walker, Rice, Mizell, Miller, Repulski, Jablonski, Hemus, Bilko and Lowrey; 1953 Bowman Color (10) – Good to Very Good, including Musial (Poor), Schoendienst, Slaughter, Stanky and Rice; 1953 Bowman Black and White (3) – Good to Very Good, including Mizell and Miller; 1954 Bowman (14) – Good to Very Good and some below, including Slaughter, Schoendienst, Rice, Hemus, Yvars and Stanky; 1954 Topps (17) – Good to Very Good and some below, including Stanky, Haddix, Bilko, Repulski, Moon, Miller, Schofield, Deal and Grammas; 1955 Bowman (15) – Good to Very Good and some below, including Schoendienst (VG), Hemus, Rice, Stanky, Virdon and Raschi; 1955 Topps (14) – Good to Very Good, including Boyer, Stanky, Moon (Fair), Grammas and Haddix; 1956 Topps (21) – Mostly Very Good to Excellent, with some above and below, including Schoendienst, Boyer and Moon; 1952-55 Red Man Tobacco (17) – Good to Very Good, some below, including two different Musials (Very Good), three Slaughters 1953-55 (Very Good, Good, Fair, respectively), and three Schoendienst 1953-55 (Poor, Ex-Mt and Ex-Mt, respectively); 1957 Topps (25) – Mostly Very Good to Excellent, with some below, including Boyer, Moon and the Team card; 1958 Topps (25) – Mostly Good to Very Good, including Flood, Moon and Boyer; 1959 Topps (32) – Very Good to Excellent, including Musial (Very Good), Boyer, Flood and the Team card; 1960 Topps (33) – Very Good to Excellent, including Musial (Very Good), Gibson, White and Boyer; 1961 Topps (34) – Very Good to Excellent, some above, including Musial (Ex-Mt), Gibson, Schoendienst, Boyer and Flood; 1962 Topps (36) – Mostly Ex, with some above and below, including Musial (Ex-Mt o/c), Gibson, Boyer, White and the Team card; 1963 Topps (27) – Good to Very Good, with some above, including Musial (Fair), Gibson, White, Flood, Team card and three League Leaders; 1964 Topps (27) – Very Good to Excellent, including Gibson, Boyer, White, Groat, Flood, Team card and two League Leaders; 1965 Topps (41) – Very Good to Excellent, including Gibson, Flood, Uecker and eight World Series cards; 1966 Topps (29) – Good to Excellent, with some above, including Gibson, Brock, Schoendienst, Groat, Uecker and Team card; 1967 Topps (26) – Very Good to Excellent, including Gibson, Brock, Cepeda, Schoendienst, Carlton and Flood; 1968 Topps (45) – Very Good to Excellent and above, including Gibson (Ex), Cepeda, Brock, Carlton, Maris, Schoendienst, Flood, eight World Series cards, four All-Stars, Team card and checklist; 1969 Topps (40) – Very Good to Excellent, some below, including Schoendienst, Brock, Carlton, Flood, White, eight World Series cards, three All-Stars and a checklist; 1970 Topps (27) – Very Good to Excellent, with some above and below, including Brock, Carlton, Schoendienst, two League Leaders and the Team card; 1971 Topps (38) – Very Good to Excellent, with some above and below, including Schoendienst, Brock, Gibson, Torre, Flood and the Team card. As is typical with comprehensive team collections like this, there are also more than 100 other cards from peripheral Topps issues, food issues, inserts, Post Cereal, stamps and the like. This group includes: (11) cards from 1960 Leaf, mostly Very Good to Excellent and some below; almost three dozen Post Cereal cards from 1961-63, mostly Fair to Very Good; three 1961 Fleer Greats; (12) stamps from the early 1960’s; three 1964 Topps Giants, mostly Ex-Mt – Gibson, Boyer and Groat; three 1964 Topps Standups; three 1965 Topps Embossed, including Gibson; nine 1960’s Bazooka cards; 1969 Topps Supers of Gibson, Flood and McCarver (Ex-Mt); 1970 Topps Supers of Gibson and Torre, 1970’s Hostess cards (31), mostly Fair to Excellent; 1970’s Kellogg’s cards (35), mostly Excellent to Ex-Mt; 1989 Talk Baseball phonograph records of Musial and Gibson, and a couple of dozen other assorted odds and ends. The final piece of this massive lot is the modern section, with about 300 cards included, Near-Mint to Mint or better, from the 1990’s and 2000’s, often from Upper Deck smaller sets featuring Cardinals Hall of Famers and baseball greats from yesteryear. That array includes more than 80 cards of Stan Musial, along with multiple cards of other legendary Redbirds like, Gibson, Ozzie Smith, Brock, Schoendienst, Slaughter, Carlton, Hornsby, Torre, Dean, Flood, Mize, Maris, LaRussa, Cepeda and Molina, to name a few.
1948-70’s St. Louis Cardinals Bonanza of Vintage Cards, HOFers, Plus Modern Stars (1,225)
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