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Incredible Gil Hodges Dormand Postcard Hoard (697 cards)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $22,040.00
The 1955 Dormand Postcard of Gil Hodges has been revered as one of the legendary rarities of card collecting since the earliest days of organized collecting. This is a card which was so rare that in the 1960s and 1970s it was widely considered to be the premier regional card rarity of the 1950s, and was spoken of with the same degree of respect reserved for other famous rarities such as Wagner, Plank, and Lajoie. In the 1970s, advanced collectors placed a greater emphasis on rare regional issues than in today's market, and no key regional card was rarer than Gil Hodges from the Dormand Postcard set. Presented in this lot is an incredible hoard of 697 1953-1955 Dormand Postcards of Gil Hodges. This is not a misprint: Six-hundred and ninety-seven cards, all Gil Hodges, all in Nr/Mt-Mt to MINT condition. In fact, the existence of this hoard is directly related to the great rarity of Hodges from the Dormand set in years past. Dormand postcards were produced by photographer Louis Dormand by special order for selected players from several teams, including the Yankees and Dodgers, and were specifically intended to help players honor fan requests for photos and autographs. When Gil Hodges ordered his cards, he failed to arrange to have the cards picked up or delivered from Dormand, hence the extreme rarity of his card. These postcards were discovered in recent years by the Dormand family in the basement of Louis Dormand's home in Long Island, New York, where they had been stored undisturbed for the past fifty years. The condition is high-grade throughout, with 98% in Mint condition and 2% slightly lesser. According to the 2005 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards guide these postcards have a total book value of $138,000 (Hodges lists for $200 each). PSA now has holders which allow for grading of Dormand Postcards. While there is no guarantee that any given card will grade a "9" or a "10," we would be surprised if almost all did not qualify for grades ranging from "8" to "10." Included are seven PSA-graded examples (two GEM MINT 10s and five MINT 9s). This is a fascinating lot with interesting marketing and investment potential. We don't know exactly how, but over time we believe there is a lot of value to be mined in this lot. This is unique and unprecedented offering of 697 1953-1955 Dormand Postcards, entirely comprised of Gil Hodges. Total 697 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $22,040.00
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