By Chris Olds | Editor
A heavily scrutinized Topps cut autograph card featuring the starting lineup of the 1927 New York Yankees is off the auction block and headed for additional examination.
The 2010 Topps Tribute Legendary Lineup Cuts card features the signatures of Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel, Tony Lazzeri, Joe Dugan, Pat Collins and Waite Hoyt – all on one booklet.
A redemption for the card was found by a collector in Missouri, who opted to sell the card through Beckett Select Auctions, the consignment division of Beckett Media. The auction briefly ran earlier this month with a starting bid of $20,000. However, Beckett Select ended the auction early as a precaution when it received multiple questions about the authenticity of the Ruth and Gehrig signatures.
Topps Director of Product Development Clay Luraschi said the company stands behind its card and its signatures, which have backing from one top authenticator.
“As we do with every cut sig, we have it authenticated by PSA,” Luraschi said. “In regards to the Ruth and Gehrig cut sigs, these were authenticated by PSA and have the paperwork to back that claim.
“We spoke to them today and they reconfirmed the authentication of these cut signatures and stand behind them 100 percent.”
Despite this information, the card has been sent to another industry leader in authentication, James Spence Authentication, for further examination — to dispute PSA’s claims or add an extra layer of approval, according to Beckett Select’s Dave Sliepka.
“We and the card owner have agreed to send the card to JSA,” Sliepka said, “because of multiple prospective buyer questions about authenticity. ”
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