Pristine vintage cardboard again drew a large contingent of bidders to the auction block as Memory Lane wrapped up its Spring Auction early Sunday morning. Chasing high-grade rookie cards, stars, sets and tough to find singles along with notable memorabilia pieces, they pushed the final sales total over the $1.86 million mark.
Top billing in the auction went to a PSA 9 (mint) Ernie Banks 1954 Topps rookie card which sold for $74,400, the highest auction price attained by the same card in the same grade since Memory Lane sold one for a similar amount in 2016. Runner up was a PSA 8.5 1965 Topps Joe Namath rookie, which is headed to a new home for $64,800.
The auction contained dozens of cards at seldom seen highest-grade levels. One of the two PSA 10 1961 Topps Roberto Clemente cards in existence soared to $43,200 while a 1963 Topps Clemente in the same grade and also one of just two 10s, netted $37,200.
One of only two 1948 Bowman Stan Musial rookie cards rated 96 (mint) on SGC’s Population Report landed at $24,260. A fresh-to-the-hobby and newly graded PSA 9 1952 Red Man Musial (one of three 9’s in existence) reached nearly $13,000.
As usual, Mickey Mantle cards were a big draw, highlighted by a PSA 10 1959 Topps #461 ($14,000) and a 1969 Topps ‘White Letter’ variation ($12,800). A PSA 10 1959 Topps card of Mantle’s teammate Whitey Ford rocketed to $10,359.
Strong selling prices weren’t limited to Hall of Famers, though. 1959 Topps cards of Curt Flood, Don Zimmer and Billy Bruton, all rated PSA 10, sold for over $15,000 combined. A tough PSA 9 1962 Topps Camilio Pascual netted $4,603.
Other football card highlights included a 1935 National Chicle Knute Rockne graded PSA 9 ($14,660) and one of only two PSA 10 1951 Bowman Tom Landry rookie cards ($13,460).
Among the more unique pieces in the auction was the original 1989 Poloroid photo that was used in the production of Ken Griffey Jr.’s iconic Upper Deck debut card. Owned by a former Upper Deck executive, the photo generated a lot of interest before closing at $13,888.
Other items included a document carrying the rare signature of 19th century baseball great John Montgomery Ward ($10,360), a 1930’s Lou Gehrig autographed postcard ($8,332) and an original Charles Conlon Type 1 photo of Ty Cobb ($7,075).
Memory Lane is now accepting consignments for its Summer Auction. For more information, contact them via their website or call 877.606.LANE (5263).