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REA June Auction Kicks Off with Top-Ranked Registry Sets, Classic Cards Leading The Way

Updated: Jun 26

Chester, NJ - June 13, 2024 - REA’s June Encore Auction opened today and includes nearly 3,300 items spanning all areas of the vintage and modern markets. 

Highlighting the event are more than fifty complete and near-complete sets spanning the 20th century. Top-ranked registry sets, ranging from a 1950 Bowman Baseball complete set currently #10 on the PSA Set Registry with a 6.74 GPA to complete sets of 1960, ‘61, ‘63, ‘64 and ‘65 Topps Baseball, each of which boasts at least an 8.0 GPA, are presented for bidders to consider. If graded sets are more than you’re looking for, there’s an interesting 1960 Fleer Football complete set on 12 uncut strips (132 total cards) as well. 

The event also includes nearly two dozen items featuring the Great Bambino. A remarkable 1921 Exhibits Babe Ruth PSA VG+ 3.5 and a 1934 R309-1 Goudey Premium Babe Ruth SGC FAIR 1.5 are up for bid along with seven different 1933 Goudey examples. Fittingly, today marks 76 years since Ruth made his final appearance at Yankee Stadium where the team retired his iconic number 3.

The auction runs through Sunday, June 23. All initial bids must be placed by 9 PM ET in order to qualify for extended bidding.

Other notable items in REA’s June Auction include:

  • 1914 E145 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb SGC FAIR 1.5 (Lot 1) - One of the key pieces to the first-ever Cracker Jack card series, this example pops even in a modest grade

  • 1957 Topps #95 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT+ 8.5 (Lot 3) - A stunning high-grade example of this classic Mantle card

  • 1933 R319 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig PSA EX 5 (Lot 10) - Among the most iconic of all Iron Horse cards in a very attractive mid-grade 

  • 1907 Wolverine News Postcard Ty Cobb Batting Rookie PSA Authentic (Lot 11) - Extremely rare example of Ty Cobb's "batting" pose variation rookie card from the highly regarded Wolverine News Detroit Tigers postcard set

  • 1970-1971 Topps Basketball #160 Jerry West PSA GEM MINT 10 (Lot 13) - One of only two examples graded at this level featuring the Hall of Fame inspiration behind the NBA logo

  • 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects Autographs #BCA-AJ Aaron Judge Blue Wave Refractor #18/50 PSA GEM MINT 10 (Lot 14) - Pristine example of one of the most desirable rookie cards of modern baseball’s most prolific power hitter

  • Trio of 1909-1913 M101-2 Sporting News Supplements (Lots 17-19) - Part of a larger offering of these condition-sensitive supplements, including Cy Young/Louis Criger, New York Giants Baseball Club featuring Christy Mathewson, and Boston Red Sox Baseball Club featuring Tris Speaker, the latter two of which are 1 of 1 in their respective grades

  • 1939 R334 Play Ball #92 Ted Williams Rookie PSA GOOD+ 2.5 (Lot 49) - Superb image quality on one of the key cards in Play Ball’s inaugural baseball set

  • 1941 Play Ball Paper Complete Set (24) on Two Uncut Sheets (Lot 51) - Issued in twelve cards per sheet, this set is comprised of numerous Hall of Famers including Carl Hubbell, Mel Ott, Arky Vaughn, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Joe Cronin, Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, and Red Ruffing.

  • 1952 Topps #312 Jackie Robinson High Number PSA GOOD 2 (Lot 56) - One of the game’s most groundbreaking players in one of the hobby’s most revered sets

  • 1958 Topps Football #62 Jim Brown Rookie PSA EX-MT 6 (Lot 60) - The most iconic football first-year card in hobby history with beautiful color and registration

  • Signed 1980-1981 Topps Basketball Larry Bird/Julius Erving/Magic Johnson Rookie PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10 (Lot 61) - Desirable example of one of the hobby’s most iconic basketball cards with signatures in blue marker of Bird, Magic and Dr. J

  • 2018-2019 Panini Prizm Basketball Factory-Sealed Unopened Blaster Case (20 Boxes) - Luka Doncic and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Rookie Year (Lot 66) - A chance to uncover the rookie cards of the NBA’s two most dynamic scorers in Luka and SGA

M116 Sporting Life

The event includes more than 170 examples from the classic 1910-1911 M116 Sporting Life series, almost all of which grade Near Mint or better by PSA, including 80 PSA NM-MT 8s and nine PSA MINT 9s. Three of the cornerstone players featured within the set are up for bid, including Honus Wagner (blue background), Eddie Plank, and Christy Mathewson (pastel background), the latter two of which are each available in PSA EX-MT 6s. 

“There is tremendous diversity within this auction, which is a testament to our broad consignor base and the ever expanding nature of our events. We’re excited by this variety and how it will appeal to all different types of collectors,” said Brian Dwyer, President of REA. “From a range of unopened material and complete high-grade sets to signed pieces and desirable rookie cards across both vintage and modern, this is a loaded event that will lead nicely into our blockbuster Summer Catalog Auction kicking off next month in conjunction with the National.”

As with all of REA’s monthly Encore Auctions, every item has a starting bid of $10. To register to bid, visit

REA’s much-anticipated Summer Catalog Auction will kick off on July 23. You can request a catalog by reaching out via the REA website. 

You can also review REA’s upcoming auction schedule and read about different consignor stories from previous and upcoming REA events.


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