Sporting News set hits auction block on Friday

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

An attic find will soon hit the auction block through Memory Lane Inc.

It’s a high-grade set of 1916 M101-5 blank-back cards, a 200-card release that includes the likes of Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Jim Thorpe. The cards, which were originally released as a marking promotion for The Sporting News, open on auction on Friday with bidding running until Dec. 15.

The Ruth, which can sell for $15,000 or so in raw Excellent condition (click here for a checklist and Online Price Guide), will be one of five cards auctioned separately by the Tustin, Calif.-based company. Overall, the set is the second-highest set ever graded by PSA with an average grade of 5.37. The Ruth is a 5 and will open with a minimum bid of $25,000. It’s one of his earliest baseball cards and can push $60,000 in that condition when professionally graded.

The Wagner and Thorpe cards are PSA 6s, while a Walter Johnson is a PSA 4 and a Joe Jackson grades a PSA 5. The remaining cards aside from those sold separately will open with a $20,000 minimum bid.

For more information or to view the auctions, click here.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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