The most important trading cards auction of the summer is now open for bidding at in Heritage Auctions’ Summer Sports Card event, closing in Extended Bidding format July 19-20 on HA.com. Offering more than 1,400 lots, the sale provides opportunities across the full spectrum of sports, formats and eras, with a strong concentration on early tobacco and high-grade bubble gum rookies.
More than 80 cards from the 1800s include three rare Old Judge cabinets and a near-set of the 1895 N300 Mayo Cut Plugs. High-grade candy cards follow chronologically, with E102’s from Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, E98’s of Cobb and Christy Mathewson, and the all-time finest 1921 Oxford Confectionary Set on the PSA Registry.
But the post-war era is expected to record the top results in the auction. “This will be the first offering of an incredible find of previously unknown ultra-high-grade 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sport Auctions at Heritage. “And high-grade rookies from Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella and Nolan Ryan are likewise going to produce six-figure results.”
Collectors concentrating on unopened material will find plenty of wax and cello to tempt them in the two-day sale, including the 1979 OPC Hockey and 1986 Fleer Basketball which may contain the highly-coveted rookies of Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan respectively.
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