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1989 Complete Autographed Perez-Steele Celebration Set
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,525
This 1989 Perez-Steele Autographed Celebration set is complete with signed examples for all forty-one cards that could have possibly been signed in the forty-four card set, the three unsigned cards (Gomez, Terry, and J. Johnson passed away during the production of the set), the checklist, and both the original album and presentation box. The Perez-Steele Celebration set was issued in 1989 (with no updates) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame and the 10th anniversary of the Perez-Steele Galleries. Issued in cooperation with the Hall of Fame, it is one of the most beautifully designed and elaborately produced sets ever issued in modern times. The issue was limited to 10,000 sets (which immediately sold out) and featured cards for forty-four Hall of Famers still living at the time the set was conceived (in consideration of autograph collectors), plus a checklist. The art is painted in the style of the W. S. Kimball tobacco set of 1888. The offered set is #6533; however, the Jocko Conlan signed card is from set #4882 (the unsigned Conlan card from set #6533 is included here). The forty-one signed cards in this set (representing every possible signed card) are Aaron, Aparicio, Banks, Bell, Bench, Berra, Boudreau, Campanella, Chandler, Conlan, Dandridge, Dickey, Doerr, Ferrell, Gehringer, Herman, Hunter, Irvin, Kaline, Kell, Killebrew, Kiner, Lemon, Leonard, Lopez, Mantle, Marichal, Mathews, McCovey, Mize, Musial, Reese, B. Robinson, Sewell, Slaughter, Snider, Spahn, Stargell, B. Williams, T. Williams, and Yastrzemski. All of the signatures are boldly scripted in blue Sharpie on the front and grade "10." The cards and album are housed in an attractive presentation box, as issued, and are in Nr/Mt-Mt condition. The presentation box (13.5 x 10.5 x 2 inches) displays minor wear and is in Excellent to Mint condition. As a point of reference, the 2009 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards lists the value of the forty-one signed cards in this set at $2,662. Included with the set are four Hall of Fame yellow plaque postcards (Nr-Mt), each signed on the front by the respective player: Terry (blue ink, "8"), Grove (blue ink, "7"), J. Johnson (blue marker, "10"), and Gomez (black marker, "10"). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,525
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