Incredible find of 19 unopened packs of 1948 Bowman baseball cards up for bid

Incredible find of 19 unopened packs A nearly complete box of 1948 Bowman baseball cards (19 of 24), unopened and in near-mint condition, are in an auction ending June 15th. (photo courtesy Mile High Card. Co.)

It’s already being called one of the great sports collectible finds of the new century: an unopened collection of 19 packs from the 1948 Bowman baseball card series, with the original display box, recently found in a 90-year-old aunt’s Tennessee attic. To put things in perspective, all researchers could find in their efforts to authenticate and valuate the find were a couple of old photos of a 1948 Bowman wrapper. Now, this collection is up for bid in an online auction by the Mile High Card Company ( The auction ends on Thursday, June 15th. The collection is expected to bring up to $500,000 or more.

Bowman, which was based in Philadelphia, produced sports trading cards from 1948 to 1955 and became the first post-WWII distributor of baseball cards, preceding even Topps. The 1948 product line – the first year of production – included rookie cards for such greats as Yogi Berra, Ralph Kiner and Stan Musial. These and other key cards could be lurking in those 19 packs, which have been graded near-mint, but it will be up to the winning bidder to decide whether to keep the packs intact and unopened, or open them and sell them individually or in group lots. Either way, this sale has generated enormous buzz.

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Michael Jordan’s 1984 Team USA jersey in Grey Flannel sale, June 21st

Michael Jordan's Team USA jersey This is the only photo-matched Michael Jordan Olympics jersey known and the earliest fully documented MJ example of its type extant. (photo courtesy Grey Flannel Auctions)

The ultimate Michael Jordan collectible is currently up for bid in Grey Flannel Auctions’ Summer Games Auction, which went live on June 2nd and concludes Wednesday, June 21st. It’s Jordan’s 1984 Team USA jersey worn by the basketball star in the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles. The jersey has been photo-matched to USA Olympic play and is the only red-colorway uniform that Jordan wore for the USA’s historic gold medal run. The jersey is hobby-fresh and carries a quite reasonable minimum bid of $10,000.

Only one other item has the same minimum bid: Mickey Mantle’s 1953 game-used (and autographed) New York Yankees road jersey, likely issued for use in the 1953 All-Star game and photo-matched to a photo taken in spring 1955. Other items up for bid include a road jersey worn by Golden State Warriors basketball star Stephen Curry (MB: $5,000); a fleece warmup jacket worn in the 1960s by Boston Celtics star Bill Russell (MB: $5,000); and a baseball boldly single-signed on the sweet spot by Babe Ruth (MB: $5,000).

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An Olympic gold medal for basketball from the 1936 games at Grant Zahajko

Olympic gold medal for basketball This Olympic gold medal from the 1936 games was won by John “Tex” Gibbons, a member of the U.S. basketball team, which beat Canada, 19-8. (photo courtesy Grant Zahajko)

The 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany will always be remembered for Jesse Owens’s breathtaking performance, but it’s a little known fact that 1936 was also the very first year that basketball was played as an Olympic game. The playing conditions were minimal to say the least. Games were played on a dirt court in a horse pasture, in the driving rain. Players weren’t even allowed to dribble – just pass. The score of the final game: USA 19, Canada 8. Now, an actual gold medal from one of the players for Team America that year is coming to the auction block, with a pre-sale estimate of $100,000-$150,000.

The player was John H. “Tex” Gibbons and the medal, in remarkable condition, comes directly from his family, along with a letter of authenticity and an archive of ephemera from the ocean voyage to the Olympics and Gibbons’ stay in Berlin. The auction house offering the medal is Grant Zahajko, on Saturday, June 24th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Davenport, Wash., just outside Spokane. Also up for bid will be an unused ticket to the 1969 World Series between the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles (Shea Stadium, N.Y.) and highly graded Topps rookie cards for Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Sandy Koufax.

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Screenprint by Jean-Michel Basquiat will be sold June 17th by Alex Cooper

Screenprint by Jean-Michel Basquiat Screenprint work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, titled Hollywood Africans in Front of the Chinese Theater with Footprints of Movie Stars. (photo courtesy Alex Cooper Auctioneers)

To say that Jean-Michel Basquiat is hot right now would be a gross understatement. The late artist and contemporary of Andy Warhol who died of a heroin overdose in New York City at age 27 in 1988 only set a record for an artwork by an American artist, ever, when an untitled painting from 1982 just soared to $110.5 million at Sotheby’s. Right after that, another untitled work that was little more than a sketch on paper of his friend and musician Arthur Morgan Lindsay (aka Arto), done in 1982, fetched $497,500 at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Now, another Basquiat artwork is for sale at auction.

It’s the screenprint shown here – Hollywood Africans in Front of the Chinese Theater with Footprints of Movie Stars – originally created in 1983. Purchased directly from the Basquiat estate, the work is being offered by Alex Cooper Auctioneers, online and at the firm’s gallery in Towson, Md., on Saturday, June 17th. The sale will also include an early 1954 painting by Roy Lichtenstein titled Eccentric Cam, an iconic skull by Damien Hirst, a street art print by the popular Mr. Brainwash (featuring Basquiat), an oversized ice cream sundae sculpture by Peter Anton, and works by important 20th century artists.

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Unique collections, principal artists at Poster Auctions International, June 22nd

Unique collections, principal artists This poster, titled Vichy / Comité des Fêtes, circa 1926, by Roger Broders, is one of the most spectacular travel posters of all time. (photo courtesy Poster Auctions International)

Poster Auctions International’s current auction (PAI-LXXII: Rare Posters), on view now at and ending June 22nd at 2 pm Eastern time, is a feast for the eyes and a massive assemblage of unique collections and principal artists. An example is this poster here, titled Vichy / Comité des Fêtes, rendered circa 1926 by Roger Broders (1883-1953). It’s one of the most spectacular travel posters of all time – a glimpse of Vichy straight out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel and embracing the grandeur of the Roaring 20s.

The poster has a pre-sale estimate of $12,000-$15,000. The auction also features Soviet posters (including examples for rare Steinberg Brothers films), brilliant Art Deco travel posters, and rare early bicycle, auto and aviation posters. Principal artists will include Cappiello (18, including early gems and maquettes), Cassandre (10 of Art Deco perfection), Mucha (18 of the finest examples ever offered at auction), and Toulouse-Lautrec (10, including both of the famed Jane Avrils). A 184-page color catalog is now available, for $40.

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Henry “damn Yankee” Civil War rifle will be in Rock Island auction

Henry 'damn Yankee' rifle This Henry rifle was part of the U.S. Ordnance Department contract to arm the 1st District Columbia Cavalry during the Civil War. (photo courtesy Rock Island Auction Co.)

Rock Island Auction Company’s June 22-25 Regional Auction, online and at the firm’s gallery in Rock Island, Illinois, promises to put thousands of collector firearms into the waiting hands of gun enthusiasts from coast to coast. Leading the way will be an astonishing six Henry rifles, including an engraved example and the one pictured here. It was part of the U.S. Ordnance Department contract to arm the 1st District Columbia Cavalry during the Civil War. These “damn Yankee” rifles are a surefire hit with Henry collectors.

These will be complemented by a host of Winchester lever-action rifles in any model a collector might desire – more than 750 to choose from. Not far behind the lever guns are the Colts. Nearly 550 will appear in this auction, and they run the gamut: rare longarms, black powder revolvers, early semi-autos, coveted snake guns and, of course, the vaunted model 1911. Other manufacturers in the sale will include Remington, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Ruger, Marlin, Browning, Mauser, Beretta, Walther and others.

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