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LANSING, Ill. – Legendary Auctions, a premier sports memorabilia auction house, announces it has been selected to handle the sale of the sports cards and sports memorabilia items in the celebrated, multi-million-dollar Dreier collection.
Due to the size, scope and significance of the Dreier collection, it will take nearly two years and several sale events to publicly offer all of the sports-related material. The Dreier collection will be sold in a combination of private treaty, online events and live auctions.
The private treaty sale is scheduled to begin immediately and will feature vintage sports items that offer once-in-a-lifetime collecting opportunities including one of the finest T206 Honus Wagner cards in the hobby, graded PSA VG-EX 4; the only known uncut sheet of S81 Turkish Trophy silk premiums; unheard-of complete sets of the 1888 Joseph Hall Cabinets and 1914 Boston Garters; the most comprehensive assembly of 1898 Cameo Pepsin celluloid pins and elite Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax game jerseys.
According to Doug Allen, CEO and president of Legendary Auctions, the importance of the Dreier collection cannot be overstated. “This is a monumental offering, the likes of which have not been seen since the Halper collection auctioned over a decade ago,” said Allen.
“It is a collection that commands every adjective you can think of: impeccable, amazing, phenomenal, diverse, top quality. Even the most seasoned collector will be blown away by the collection’s depth, breadth and level of completeness.”
If Dreier’s name is familiar, it may be more for his tenure as President, CEO and Board Chairman of the Fortune 500 Company The Ryland Group than for his collecting efforts. Between 1993 and 2009, Dreier took the homebuilding industry by storm, nearly doubling Ryland’s annual production (from 8,000 homes to more than 15,000), increasing its total revenues from approximately $1 billion to $4 billion.
While publicly building a business empire, Dreier quietly constructed one of the world’s premier collections of sports cards and memorabilia outside the corporate limelight with little or no media fanfare. In fact, very few people beyond Dreier’s intimate circle were aware of, let alone had direct access to, the private museum in Santa Barbara, Calif., where Chad and his son Doug curated the burgeoning Dreier collection.
Now, after decades of enjoying their prized memorabilia with friends, family, business associates and celebrities, the Dreiers have decided to share their collection on a much larger scale by selling it.
Legendary Auctions will kick-off the sale of the Dreier collection with the private-treaty sale of select items. Other auctions will be announced over the next two years and will be offered as one-day online events attached to Legendary Auctions’ regular auction calendar.
Special private treaty sales and live auctions may also be conducted to showcase unique themed portions of the collection.
For more information on the Dreier collection, visit Legendary Auctions.
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