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2008 Authenticated Ink Penny Card Collection (501) Including Football, Basketball, Hockey, Boxing, Horse Racing, Golf, and Tennis
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,133
Fascinating collection of 501 cards from the Authenticated Ink penny card series, featuring numerous sports stars from football, basketball, hockey, golf, tennis, boxing, and horse racing, spanning the years 1878 to 2007. This series features black-and-white images or sketches produced on thick cardboard stock measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches. An authentic Lincoln penny (or a Canadian cent in some instances) is inserted into each card, with the year of the penny corresponding to the image. The reverse of each card is blank. We have seen these cards offered on eBay for several years and have always admired their design and the interesting use of a year-specific penny to accent the card. There always appeared to be a healthy demand for the cards as the combination of vintage and modern appealed to a wide array of collectors. The cards also take collectors through a great visual history when presented together in a collection such as this, which has been compiled by a dedicated collector over a period of several years. (The entire collection is actually larger and has been broken up into three separate lots in this auction organized by subject). Though put together for fun, the assemblage of the collection also naturally involved a considerable investment of both time and expense. While no checklist exists for this series that we aware of, the offered assembly must represent a tremendous percentage of the cards produced. This collection consists of the following: 1) Basketball (27 cards): Spanning 1907 to 2008, including John Wooden, George Mikan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Pete Maravich, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Lebron James. 2) Boxing (57 cards): Spanning 1884 to 1992, including John Sullivan, Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson. 3) Football (158 cards): Spanning 1878 to 2007, including Walter Camp, John Heisman, Jim Thorpe, Vince Lombardi, Red Grange, Johnny Unitas, Paul Hornung, Jim Brown, Roger Staubach, Walter Payton, Joe Montana, John Elway, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady. 4) Golf (37 cards): Spanning 1899 to 2006, including Tom Morris, Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tiger Woods. 5) Hockey (116 cards): Spanning 1907 to 2004, including Art Ross, Georges Vezina, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Sidney Crosby. Twenty-one cards have a Canadian penny instead of a Lincoln cent. 6) Horse Racing (32 cards): Spanning 1901 to 1995, including Churchill Downs, Man O' War, Seabiscuit, Citation, and Secretariat. 7) Tennis (74 cards): Spanning 1880 to 2005, including Helen Wills, Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Monica Seles, Pete Sampras, Stefi Graf, Andre Agassi, Venus Williams, and Rafael Nadal. All cards in this collection present as Near Mint or better (some may have almost imperceptible wrinkles on the back that would cause them to technically grade more modestly despite a better appearance). The pennies are almost all bright and clean, with minimal tarnishing visible on some of the older examples. This is a very substantial collection of these unique and interesting cards that have received little attention but have quietly developed a great following among collectors. It is easy to see why. These cards appear to be offered on eBay only one card at a time, suggesting that a collection of 501 as offered here may be extremely unusual or perhaps even unprecedented. Will these someday be recognized as modern classics? Only time will tell. But it is hard not to appreciate the thought, concept, and substantial construction (incorporating an actual penny in the design of each card) of this unique set. Total: 501 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,133
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