Wilson Weiner card set auctioned for $23,100

MEMORABILIA

March 24, 1991|By Special to The Sun

NEW YORK -- The second day of the sports memorabilia auction of Sotheby's did not have the marquee items -- or prices -- of Friday's opening sessions, but the first item went for nearly three times its estimated selling price.

Yesterday, the rest of the collection assembled by James Copeland was auctioned, and many photographic items failed to reach the unpublished reserve amounts and were removed from sale.

However, the morning session began with a 1954 set of Wilson Weiner cards, featuring Ted Williams, Roy Campanella and Bob Feller, was sold for $23,100. It had been estimated to bring between $7,000 and $9,000.

A Baltimore News schedule card of the 1914 International League Baltimore Orioles with Babe Ruth on one side fetched $18,700, up from its estimated $10,000 to $15,000.

One of the biggest bargains of the session was a collection of 604 Old Judge Cigarette cards from 1887-90, estimated to bring between $150,000 and $200,000. The winning bid was $77,000.

A set of 1947 Bond Bread cards, featuring Jackie Robinson, the only complete set known, went for $17,600, when its estimate had been $6,000 to $8,000.

A complete set of 1957 Topps football cards, estimated to bring $2,500 to $3,500 and not considered a rare set (the John Unitas card is generally available), raised $5,500.

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