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stoogeco 05-24-2011 09:33 PM

Turkey Red T3 Cards
Hi All. I hope you all might help me. I recently obtained a fairly large, and nice condition, collection of these cards. There are 16 cards total in the lot, including Thomas, Keeler, Baker, Devlin, Ames, Collins, Kraus, Speaker, Evers, Dygert, McBride, Wilson, Konetchy, Lajoie, Doolin, and Rhoades. They all have very nice corners and bold color. They are mixed backs of checklist and turkey red ads. The Doolin and Lajoie are both exceptional, with the Doolin having a Turkey Red back. I am looking for information on these. I am new to these cards, and am excited about the find. Are any rarer than others? Should I get them graded (and by which company), and what do you think the value of the cards are. I will eventually (probably) be looking to sell them. I just wanted to make sure not to give them away, and I'm sure everyone on the board will know much more about them than I do.
Thank you for all your help. I'd be lost without this board when it comes to "new to me" vintage stuff!!


stoogeco 05-24-2011 09:36 PM

More pics

jujudrum 05-24-2011 11:01 PM

Hi Dave,

I strongly recommend that You get them graded.

I prefer not to choose a grading company for You, but if these were my cards, i would have SGC grade them for me.

The Rhoades has long been recognized as being difficult, and fortunately for You, it is in your group of 16.

The Hall of Famers will also be high value cards, especially if they attain mid-grade or higher.

With regard to prices, check the most recent auction results.
That should give You a reasonable barometer of what T3's are currently selling for.

In any case, based upon how they appear in the scans, You should do pretty well with them.


collectbaseball 05-24-2011 11:42 PM

Those are gorgeous and will bring really good prices if you sell them. Definitely get them graded. You got a great group too: Keeler, Baker, Collins, Speaker, Evers, Lajoie, Rhodes are all going to bring great prices. I would probably get them graded by PSA because if they grade high the registry people will compete for them (I think I'd go PSA for that reason, though I prefer SGC for my own cards). Just measure them up to make sure none are trimmed (they don't appear to be) and double check for any pin-holes (really common on these cards).

stoogeco 05-24-2011 11:49 PM

Thank you
Thank you for the info. The only pinhoe is Tris Speaker, othewise no pinholes. I have someone offering around $10,000 for the lot. Do you think this is fair? I'm just trying not to get taken. Thanks again!!

bigtrain 05-25-2011 05:24 AM

The cost of having these cards graded will be well worth it if they have not been trimmed or altered. It is impossible to accurately grade a card from a scan but suffice it to say that a high grade Rhoades could bring $10,000 by itself.

sycks22 05-25-2011 05:40 AM

I've always loved the T3 set, I wish you the best on these cards. Did you any more cards?

autograf 05-25-2011 06:38 AM

A one month subscription to would be a good investment to see what they've brought in previous auctions. Like Dan, I'd prefer SGC for my own collection but there are more PSA registry sets out there, so to maximize your return, I'd go that way. Great thing to have dropped in your lap. Grading them is not cheap but you will get the return many times over especially if you get any of the HOFers or Rhoades grade 4-5-6.

Rob D. 05-25-2011 06:44 AM

You might find this website helpful:

The owner is a strong supporter of Net54.

stoogeco 05-25-2011 07:21 AM

Thanks again, Doolin
Thanks again for the help. It appears that Doolin is a short print (maybe). Mine would probably grade a psa 5 - 6 or so. Is it short? Thanks again.

scottglevy 05-25-2011 08:05 AM

If you are interested in reselling - get them graded. Once grades have been assigned it's very easy to value each card and know how much your collection is worth. Rhoades is a very scarce card esp. in top shape.

P.S. That Lajoie card looks AMAZING -- wouldn't be surprised to see that in a '5', '6' or even perhaps a '7' holder. FYI....Turkey red ad backs are a little more scarce and some consider them to bring a slight premium ... but they are certainly not rare.

collectbaseball 05-25-2011 04:37 PM

I'm working on a really low grade T3 set, so I'm not too in touch with the prices of cards in the condition of yours. I did some searching around to see if I could help you out with pricing. There's definitely something funky going on with the Doolin card. Compare these two auctions: REA, Mastro

There are so many variables that can influence the price (name spelling, back type, deviant bidding, who happens to want one, general world economic conditions, etc) that I can't tell you what's what. Maybe someone more experienced will chime in. I know I don't pay a premium for ad backs, but I'm a cheapskate poverty-stricken college student.

There's also this lot of 10, most of which I'd say are comparable to your lot, only that yours probably has better cards and there are more of them. You might be getting gypped at even $15k.

drumback 05-25-2011 08:35 PM

Turkey reds
Doolin spelled 'in' instead of 'an' is probably the toughest turkey red of all - certainly tougher than Rhoades. Looks to be nicer condition than your Rhoades as well. Rhoades with the stains won't bring anything near the $10,000 someone suggested. Doolin is definitely worth more.

mintacular 05-25-2011 08:38 PM

No offense, but you should NOT sell to anyone on this board (or any other for that matter) until you've done some more research AND also send these in for grading...

Jason19th 05-25-2011 09:32 PM

I just wanted to check- are your cards 5 inches X 8 inches(originals) or are they 2 X 3.5 which would mean that they are the reprints. I only ask because I noticed the scan with the safety pin-- either that's a really big safety pin or these cards are to small

stoogeco 05-25-2011 09:57 PM

They are 5 x 8. thank you.

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