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1989 Perez-Steele Signed Celebration Set (26 Signed)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $593
This 1989 Perez-Steele Celebration set features signed examples of twenty-six of the forty-one cards that could have possibly been autographed in the 44-card set (Lefty Gomez, Bill Terry, and Judy Johnson passed away during the production of the set). The offered set is complete with all forty-four issued cards, 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 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 who were still living at the time the set was conceived (in consideration of autograph collectors), plus a checklist. The artwork on the cards was done in the style of the W. S. Kimball tobacco set of 1888. The offered set is #02153. The twenty-six signed cards in this set are those of Aparicio, Bell (post-stroke signature), Berra, Boudreau, Chandler, Dickey, Doerr, Ferrell, Gehringer, Herman, Hunter, Kaline, Kell, Killebrew, Leonard, Mathews, McCovey, Mize, Reese, B. Robinson, Slaughter, Snider, Spahn, Stargell, B. Williams, and T. Williams. The fifteen cards not signed are those of Aaron, Banks, Bench, Campanella, Conlan, Dandridge, Irvin, Kiner, Lemon, Lopez, Mantle, Marichal, Musial, Sewell, and Yastrzemski. All of the signatures are scripted in blue Sharpie on the front and grade "9" or "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) is also in Near-Mint condition; however, the slipcase displays a few small abrasions. As a point of reference, the 2013 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards lists the value of the twenty-six signed cards in this set at $1,050. Total 44 cards (26 autographed). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $593
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