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1,500 Lots Feature Rare Cards, Memorabilia and Historically Significant Baseball Collections 

KINGSTON, N.Y. (March 14, 2024) Love of the Game Auctions’ (LOTG’s) Spring 2024 Premier Auction is now open, running until Saturday, March 30. With 1,500 lots, this is the largest sale to date for LOTG, an internet sports auction house catering to the passionate collector of cards and memorabilia.  

“This auction is filled with rare cards and fascinating memorabilia,” said Al Crisafulli, LOTG founder and auction director. “It includes our biggest-ever 19th Century selection, a host of card types, several historically significant prewar baseball collections, and a huge assortment of high-grade vintage items from all sports. We are thrilled to have assembled such an exciting – and sizable – offering for hobbyists and investors.” 

Among many others, the auction’s notable highlights include: 

  • 1918-21 Babe Ruth Game-Used Bat, graded GU 7 by PSA/DNA: LOTG is presenting a gorgeous Louisville Slugger model 250 from early in Ruth’s career, the labeling period dating between 1918 and 1921. This incredible artifact was, until recently, kept on display at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore. A tremendous and historically significant item, quite literally a museum piece.  
  • 1950-51 Toleteros Josh Gibson with rare prize redemption overprint: The Toleteros is the only card of Josh Gibson, from a rare set distributed in Puerto Rico a few years after he passed away. It is perhaps the most famous of all Negro League cards, a card that seldom makes its way to public auction and routinely sets price records. 
  • Glass lantern slide collection featuring photos taken in 1914, including a never-before-seen image of Shoeless Joe Jackson, sliding into home: Outstanding collection of magic lantern slides shot by photographer Frank W. Smith, a photographer for various Cleveland newspapers during the 1910s. An impressive grouping of 57 original slides primarily featuring members of the Cleveland Naps from the 1914 season. 
  • The #4 1963 Topps Master Set on the PSA Set Registry, broken up and sold individually, including some of the highest-grade examples known: This set’s notable high-grade highlights include #553 Willie Stargell (HOF RC) – PSA MINT 9, #200 Mickey Mantle (HOF) – PSA NM-MT 8 and #537 Pete Rose (RC) – PSA NM-MT 8.  
  • Collection of photos and ephemera related to the 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” trial, with an essay written by Jacob Pomrenke, chair of SABR’s Black Sox Scandal Research Committee: This storied scandal has been called “baseball’s darkest hour.” More than a century after eight members of the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to fix the 1919 World Series, the saga continues to captivate baseball fans.  

A link to the full LOTG Spring 2024 Premier Auction catalog as well as the auction itself, can be found on the company’s website, loveofthegameauctions.com 

Founded in 2012 by longtime hobbyist Crisafulli, LOTG is recognized as one of the most widely respected auction houses in the industry, specializing in sports memorabilia and cards – with an emphasis on pre-World War II material. Love of the Game facilitates sales ranging from world-class collections to individual inheritance pieces – and everything in between. LOTG holds three major annual auctions, as well as specialty sales. For more information, visit loveofthegameauctions.com. 

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