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REA’s May Auction Highlighted by High-End Set Breaks and Rare Vintage Cards

Updated: 3 days ago

Chester, NJ - May 9, 2024 - REA’s May Encore Auction opened today and includes more than 3,600 items spanning nearly 140 years of collecting, ranging from 19th century baseball Hall of Famers to signed football and basketball Hall of Fame rookie cards from the 1950s and 1960s along with modern prospects and stars of tomorrow. Leading off the auction is a 1909-1911 T206 White Border Ty Cobb Bat Off Shoulder with an extremely rare Uzit back, a rare Ty Cobb rookie from the 1907 Wolverine News Postcard series, and a 1910 E98 Anonymous "Set of 30" Honus Wagner PSA NM-MT 8. The event will run through Sunday, May 19, and all initial bids must be placed by 9 PM ET in order to qualify for extended bidding.

Other vintage baseball highlights include:

  • Lot 9 - 1957 Topps Complete Set (407): #24 PSA Set Registry (8.00 GPA)

  • Lot 10 - 1958 Topps Near-Complete Set (493/494): #13 PSA Set Registry (8.00 GPA)

  • Lot 11 - 1959 Topps Complete Set (572): #29 PSA Set Registry (8.01 GPA)Lot 33 - Circa 1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson Portrait SGC VG 3 - True Rookie Card

  • Lots 13-16 - 1889 N172 Old Judge King Kelly, Buck Ewing, Tim Keefe, and Clark Griffith Rookie - all graded VG 3

  • Lot 17 - 1909-1911 T206 White Border Ty Cobb Portrait Red Background PSA VG-EX 4 - Sweet Caporal 350/30 Overprint

  • Lot 18 - 1909-1911 T206 White Border Walter Johnson Portrait PSA EX 5 - Sovereign 350 Back

  • Lot 19 - 1909-1911 T206 White Border Cy Young Portrait PSA EX 5 - Piedmont 150

  • Lot 24 - 1918 Honus Wagner Signed Check - PSA/DNA

  • Lot 38 - 1954 Dan-Dee Potato Chips Mickey Mantle PSA NM 7

  • Lot 53 - 1967 Topps #581 Tom Seaver Rookie PSA NM-MT 8

The auction is also packed with notable items across other sports:

  • Lot 56 - 1980-1981 Topps Basketball Unopened Wax Box (36 Packs) - BBCE - Larry Bird and Magic Johnson Rookie Year

  • Lot 58 - 1982-1983 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Unopened Wax Box Tape Intact (48 Packs) - BBCE

  • Lot 3329 - 1957 NFL Championship Game Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns Ticket Stub

  • Lot 3381 - 1998 Topps Certified Autograph Football #A10 Peyton Manning Rookie Bronze PSA GEM MINT 10

  • Lot 3394 - January 1, 1920 Harvard Football Team Rose Bowl Real-Photo Postcard

1950s Bowman and Topps PSA-Graded Set Breaks

The event will include a complete 324-card set break of the iconic 1951 Bowman set, including the rookie cards of Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, both in PSA 5, and Whitey Ford in a PSA 8. The majority of the set grades PSA 7 or 8. If you’re on a quest to build or bolster your Topps sets from the mid-1950s, the auction will feature complete sets from 1954 and 1955 offered individually in PSA 7 and 8, with a few better. The key rookie cards of Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ernie Banks, and Tommy Lasorda from 1954 and Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, and Harmon Killebrew from 1955 all grade PSA 8.

Goudey GOATS

Arguably the six most iconic cards from the classic 1933 Goudey series are the quartet of Babe Ruth cards and the low and high number Lou Gehrigs. This event features beautiful examples of all six graded by PSA, including the elusive #53 yellow background Ruth in a PSA VG-EX 4.

“We’re very excited about the strength of this auction on the heels of our blockbuster spring sale,” says REA President Brian Dwyer. “There is tremendous quality within this auction, which is a testament to the collectors who have gathered these iconic cards and built these high-end sets.”

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

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


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