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Comprehensive 1925 to 2014 Hack Wilson Card Collection (203)
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $3,900
This remarkable collection of 203 different Hack Wilson trading cards, spanning the years 1925 to 2014, represents the largest and most substantial collection of Wilson cards ever offered at auction and possibly ever assembled. Our consignor has spent years diligently collecting Wilson's cards, cataloging new additions, and making his best effort to keep up with the various modern tribute cards produced to honor Wilson and other Hall of Famers. Not surprisingly, Wilson had a relatively modest number of cards produced during his actual playing career (1923-1934), an extremely impressive percentage of which are represented in this collection, including particularly scarce examples of the 1921-1930 M.L. Die-Cut, 1927 York Caramels, 1930 Baguer Chocolate, and several Exhibits on which Wilson shares space with fellow Hall of Famers Gabby Hartnett and Rogers Hornsby. Also included is Hack Wilson's extremely rare 1929 Certified Ice Cream pin! While not issued during his playing career, Wilson has a number of highly desirable modern cards, many of which include pieces of game-used bats attributed to him and are serial numbered in limited quantities. Twenty game-used bat cards are included along with twenty-four additional non-relic cards serial numbered by major manufacturers to quantities as limited as one, five, or ten.
During the mid to late 1920s Wilson was one of the most feared sluggers in the game. From 1926 through 1930 Wilson averaged 35.4 home runs and 141.5 RBI per season. In 1930, his finest season, Hack Wilson set two legendary marks. His 56 home runs were a National League record that stood until 1998, when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both shattered it. Nevertheless, the single-season record that still stands from that year was his RBI mark of 191. Though contenders for the record have come close, no player has gotten within 25 RBIs of the mark since 1938. Unlike most power hitters, Wilson could also hit for average, and he finished his twelve-year career with a .307 lifetime batting mark. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979.
A complete listing of the cards included in this collection is available upon request, with all entries matched against the comprehensive Beckett Player Checklist and Price Guide. Presented are some of the highlights: Vintage: 1921-1930 M.L. Die-Cuts (SGC Authentic), 1926 M114 Baseball Magazine (Pr), 1926-1929 Exhibits Postcard Back (SGC POOR 10, green), 1926-1929 Exhibits Postcard Back (SGC EX 60, sepia), 1927 E210 York Caramel Type 1 #25 (PSA VG-EX 4 [MK]), 1927 E210 York Caramel Type 2 #25 (PSA PR-FR 1 [MK]), 1928 Exhibits (PSA Authentic), 1928 Harrington's Ice Cream (PSA PR 1), 1928 R315 (SGC Authentic), 1928 Tharp's Ice Cream #25 (PSA GOOD 2), 1928 W502 #25 (SGC VG 40), 1928 W513 #74 (PSA NM-MT+ 8.5), 1928 Yuengling's Ice Cream #25 (SGC GOOD 30), 1929 Cubs Certified Ice Cream Pin (Nr/Mt), 1929 R316 Kashin Publications (SGC GOOD 30), 1929-1930 Exhibits Hartnett/Hornsby/Wilson (SGC VG 40), 1930 Baguer Chocolate (PSA GOOD 2), 1930 W554 (SGC POOR 10), 1931 Blue Ribbon Malt (SGC POOR 10), 1931 W517 #42 (SGC VG 40), 1931-1932 Exhibits Hartnett/Hornsby/Wilson (SGC GOOD 30), 1933 R306 Butter Cream (PSA VG 3 [MC]), 1933 Goudey #211 (PSA EX-MT 6 [OC]), 1933 E285 Rittenhouse Candy (SGC Authentic, 9 of Spades), 1933 PX3 Double Header (PSA VG-EX 4), 1934 Diamond Matchbooks (SGC GOOD 30), 1934-1936 R318 Batter-Up #73 (SGC POOR 10), 1935 Schutter-Johnson #14 (PSA PR-FR 1), and 1946-1949 W603 Sports Exchange (Vg-Ex+). Modern:
2001 Donruss Classic Legendary Lumberjacks #LL-1 Game-Used Bat Card, two 2001 Fleer Genuine Names of the Game Wilson Game-Used Bat (#6/7 and #50/50), 2001 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Debut #D-HW Game-Used Bat Card, 2001 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Combos #HW-BH Two-Player Game-Used Bat Card Wilson/Herman (#07/25), two 2002 Topps Tribute Memorable Materials #MEM-HW Game-Used Bat Card (base and #25/30), four 2005 Donruss Timeless Treasures #HOF-4 (#1/1, #08/25, #31/50, and #208/500), 2005 Leaf Limited Lumberjacks #LJ-15 Game-Used Bat Card (#33/50), 2012 Panini National Treasures League Leaders #13 Game-Used Bat Card (#47/99), 2012 Panini National Treasures All-Decade #16 Game-Used Bat Card (#58/99), two 2012 Panini National Treasures Legends #14 Game-Used Bat Card (#07/10 and #10/10), 2012 Panini National Treasures #48 Game-Used Bat Card (#21/49), 2012 Playoff Prime Cuts Legendary Bats #10 (#84/99), and 2012 Playoff Prime Cuts Icons #35 Game-Used Bat Card (#13/99).
This is an extraordinarily comprehensive collection of Hack Wilson cards, assembled with great care over a period of years by an extremely dedicated collector at great expense and effort. In addition to the many desirable playing-era cards of Wilson included in this collection, there are countless additional highlights. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in collecting Hack Wilson to acquire a substantial foundation for the assembly of a true master set dedicated to one of the game's greatest hitters. Total: 203 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).SOLD FOR $3,900
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