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Perez-Steele Galleries Hall of Famer Signed Guarantee Registration Card Archive (223)
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $4,350.00
As subscribers to the Perez-Steele Galleries Hall of Fame Postcard series (1980-2003), the Masterworks set (1990-1992), and the "Great Moments" series (1985-1997) were well aware, when each series was received by collectors, included was a "Guarantee Registration Card." These cards, which were the same dimensions and stock as the Hall of Fame Postcard series (5.5 x 3.5 inches), had to be filled out and returned to Perez-Steele Galleries in order to continue receiving future series. This card formally registered the individually numbered series and guaranteed that the collector would be able to receive the same serial numbered set of the next series. No exceptions were made with this system, which was frustrating at times for collectors who wanted to keep their Guarantee Registration Cards. Ultimately everyone complied, or they no longer were able to continue receiving future series. Presented in this lot are all of the original Perez-Steele Guarantee Registration Cards (also known as "GRCs") which were filled out and returned by the Hall of Famers which appear in the set. This is a unique collection, of astounding significance, direct from the files of Perez-Steele Galleries. Hall of Famers were sent complimentary sets of the series in which they appeared. Usually they sent back the GRC just as would any other customer, especially if they requested to receive future sets, which was not uncommon. Players who received sets at the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Cooperstown filled out and returned the GRCs in person to Hall of Fame director Ed Stack. No GRC cards, of course, have ever previously been available. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is presented as a special courtesy from the personal collection of Frank and Peggy Steele. When Robert Edward Auctions called Peggy Steele to tell her that we were excited about celebrating the 25th anniversary of Perez-Steele Galleries by offering Dick Perez' personal art collection, she promised "to look around" to see if she could find anything that might be interesting for the sale. We did not have any idea even what interesting items, if any, might exist relating to Perez-Steele Galleries, and could never have imagined that our inquiry would result in bringing these unique Perez-Steele Galleries treasures, previously unknown by collectors even for consideration, to the marketplace. This is an exciting offering. We are honored to have Peggy Steele personally support our enthusiasm for celebrating the great contributions of Perez-Steele Galleries. It is thrilling for us to work with the very people who have made this field what it is today. The collection is comprised of a total of 417 GRCs, which we have organized into three distinct groups: 1) GRCs signed by Hall of Famers (223 cards): This group represents the primary value of this collection. The GRCs did not require one to "sign" the card, only to fill out the information and return. Most GRCs were filled out by hand and signed. Includes: Hank Aaron (1), Walt Alston (3), Luke Appling (1), Earl Averill (5), Al Barlick (7), Cool Papa Bell (3), Yogi Berra (3), Lou Boudreau (7), Happy Chandler (1), Jocko Conlan (7), Joe Cronin (4), Ray Dandridge (7), Bill Dickey (7), Bobby Doerr (4), Bob Feller (3), Rick Ferrell (4, all from "Great Moments" set), Whitey Ford (2), Chas. Gehringer (5), Bob Gibson (2), Lefty Gomez (7, three are from "Great Moments" set), Burleigh Grimes (1), Billy Herman (6), Waite Hoyt (2), Carl Hubbell (4), Monte Irvin (8, three are from "Great Moments" set), Travis Jackson (1), Judy Johnson (4), Al Kaline (3), Ralph Kiner (1), Sandy Koufax (1), Bob Lemon (3), Buck Leonard (2, one mounted on cardboard), Fred Lindstrom (4), Al Lopez (4), Ted Lyons (4), Juan Marichal (4), Eddie Mathews (5), Willie McCovey (6), Johnny Mize (9, two are from "Master Works" set), Stan Musial (1), Satchel Paige (1), Jim Palmer (9), Pee Wee Reese (6), Robin Roberts (2), Brooks Robinson (5), Edd Roush (2), Red Ruffing (3), Joe Sewell (7), Enos Slaughter (6), Duke Snider (1), Warren Spahn (5, one is from the "Master Works" set), Bill Terry (4), Lloyd Waner (4), Billy Williams (7), and Ted Williams (5, one is from the "Master Works" set). 2) GRCs filled out by Hall of Famers in their hand but printed as opposed to signed (81 cards): Luis Aparicio (1), Ernie Banks (2), Johnny Bench (3), Joe Cronin (1), Ray Dandridge (1), Bobby Doerr (2), Don Drysdale (6), Red Faber (1), Rick Ferrell (6), Whitey Ford (1), Joe Garagiola (6), Charlie Gehringer (1), Waite Hoyt (2), Travis Jackson (4), George Kell (1), Harmon Killebrew (4), Ralph Kiner (1), Bob Lemon (6), Buck Leonard (2), Juan Marichal (1), Stan Musial (2), Brooks Robinson (1), Duke Snider (5), Warren Spahn (1), Willie Stargell (19), and Early Wynn (1). 3) GRCs which were filled out for Hall of Famers by family members, ink stamps, typed, etc. (113 cards): These are not signed in any way but are the GRCs these Hall of Famers returned to register their sets. Alston (1), Banks (1), Berra (3), Brock (4), Campanella (5), Carlton (11), Doerr (1), Feller (2), Herman (1), Hunter (11), Jenkins (9), Kiner (1), Kuhn (4), Leonard (2), Lombardi (7, with signed note from Ed Stack indicating this "is Lombardi's sister"), MacPhail (4), Mathews (2), Mays (1), Mize (3), Musial (1), Paige (1), Perry (10), Rice (6), Ruth (1, with signed note from Ed Stack), Schoendiest (8), Sewell (4), Waner (4), Wynn (3), and Yaz (2). With reference to value, there is no precedence for valuing Hall of Famer-signed GRC cards. The 223 signed cards alone (not counting the four Lindstrom signed cards), if they were standard Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcards, would be worth $29,650 according to the 2005 Standard Catalog. Of course, they are not Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Postcards. Some collectors may value these signed cards at far lesser levels than signed postcards because they do not feature an image of the ballplayer, and that, of course, is a large part of the great appeal of signed Perez-Steele postcards. Others may value the signed GRCs at higher levels because of their historical significance. There is no one right answer. The collectors will decide. Of special note are the cards signed by several Hall of Famers who signed very few postcards due to the short window of opportunity allowed by their dates of death. These players, which include Satchel Paige and Lloyd Waner, may have a very special significance to autograph collectors. Perhaps of greatest significance in this regard are the four signed Freddy Lindstrom cards. There are no signed Perez-Steele postcards of Freddy Lindstrom due to his date of death. These GRC cards are as close as one can possibly get to having a signed Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcard of Freddy Lindstrom. Total 417 Perez-Steele "Guarantee Registration Cards." All signatures are virtually flawless. All cards are in Excellent to Mint to Nr/Mt-Mt condition. LOA James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5000+ SOLD FOR $4,350.00
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