Over 1,200 lots will be available for bidding with the usual assortment of high-grade sports cards and memorabilia that puts Mile High Card Company at the forefront of the hobby. “It’s a very good auction,” said MHCC CEO and President Brian Drent, “There’s a wide variety of material to view here and we feel strongly that everyone will find something worth pursuing.” The auction opens on Monday, June 24th and concludes on Thursday, July 11th.
It’s something old and something new to lead off the Mile High Card Company July Auction with a pair of very rare and highly coveted Babe Ruth cards; a 1916 D350-1 Standard Biscuit #151 Babe Ruth PSA 2 GOOD and 1917 H801-8 Boston Store #147 Babe Ruth SGC 3.5 VG+, joined by a trio of the most important cards produced in the 21st century; 2000 Playoff Contenders #144 Tom Brady Rookie Ticket Autographed SGC 10 GEM MINT, 2009 Bowman Chrome DP & Pros Autos Gold Refractor #BDPP89 Mike Trout 04/50 PSA 9 MINT AUTO 10, and 2013 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection #R11 Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Auto-Violet 1/1 PSA 8 NM/MT.
Other key cards in the July Auction include 1910 E98 Set of 30 Hans Wagner Red PSA 9 MINT, 1910 E98 Set of 30 Hans Wagner Green PSA 8 NM/MT, 1910 E98 Set of 30 Johnny Evers Red PSA 9 MINT, 1912 T202 Hassan Cigarettes #129 Ty Cobb Steals Third SGC 86 NM+ 7.5, 1922 E120 American Caramel Babe Ruth PSA 3.5 VG+, 1948 Bowman #36 Stan Musial SGC 92 NM-MT+ 8.5, 1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson PSA 6.5 EX-MT+, 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 2 GOOD, 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente Rookie SGC 84 NM 7, 1957 Topps #400 Dodgers’ Sluggers Furillo/Hodges/Camp/Snider PSA 9 MINT, 1961 Topps Dice Game Leon Wagner SGC 5 EX, 1961 Topps Dice Game Del Crandall SGC 3.5 VG+, 1965 Topps #120 Frank Robinson PSA 10 GEM MT, 1967 Topps #242 NL RBI Leaders Aaron/Clemente/Allen PSA 10 GEM MT, 2017 Supreme Hardcourt Relics Michael Jordan Autographed 1/5 UDA, 1957 Topps #138 John Unitas SGC 9 MINT, 1966 Philadelphia #41 Jim Brown PSA 9 MINT, 1955 Parkhurst #50 Jacques Plante PSA 8 NM/MT and 1960 Hemmets Journal #23 Cassius Clay Hand Cut PSA 9 MINT.
There’s a strong selection of exclusive memorabilia and autographed items in the July Auction with a truly spectacular example of a 1910s Ty Cobb “Fan for a Fan” as well as a Spectacular Babe Ruth Single Signed Pacific Coast League Ball PSA/DNA Graded NM/MT 8, Christy Mathewson Signed Check PSA/DNA MINT 9, 1914 B-18 Blanket Collection of 145 Exceptionally High Grade Blankets Including Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Etc., Exceptional Jimmie Foxx Single-Signed Baseball PSA/DNA, Extraordinary 1939 First Day Cover Signed by W. Johnson, G.C. Alexander, Cy Young, Ty Cobb, M. Mantle and Hank Aaron PSA/DNA, Exceptionally Rare 1924 Walter Johnson Statue by Ulric Dunbar, 1930 New York Yankees Team-Signed OAL (Barnard) Ball with (17) Signatures Featuring Ruth and Gehrig and an Exceptional Mickey Mantle Autographed Magazine Page Signed Circa 1951 PSA/DNA AUTHENTIC.
Collectors of unopened material will be treated to some high-quality offerings that haven’t been seen in recent memory, with highlights including an Extremely Rare 1967 Topps Punch Out Unopened Wax Pack (the only one known to exist), 1952 Topps Unopened Wax Pack 1st Series GAI 6.5 EX/MT+, 1960 Topps Baseball Cello Pack 4th Series Mickey Mantle on Top PSA 5 EX, 1970 Topps Baseball 4th Series Full Unopened Wax Box BBCE, 1978 Topps Baseball 3-Box Rack Case Factory Sealed BBCE, 1979 Topps Baseball 6-Box Rack Case Factory Sealed BBCE, Exceptionally Rare 1989 Topps Heads Up! Baseball Stars Test Issue Unopened Wax Box BBCE and 1957 Topps Basketball Wax Pack 5-Cent GAI 6.5 EX/MT+.
Set collectors will appreciate the highly-ranked assemblages in the July Auction, with 1953 Bowman Black & White Complete Set #13 on PSA Set Registry, 1954 Johnston Cookies Braves Complete Set #3 On PSA Set Registry, 1948 Leaf Boxing Complete Set Completely Graded #6 on PSA Set Registry, 1951 Bowman Red Menace Complete Set #1 On PSA Set Registry, 1952 Topps Partial Set (162/407) With Many High Numbers & PSA Graded, 1955 Bowman Complete Set with PSA-SGC Graded, 1955 Topps High-Grade Baseball Set Mostly PSA Graded, 1961 Post Cereal Company Issue Complete Set of (16) Uncut Sheets, 1966 Topps Hockey Exceptionally High Grade Complete Set With PSA Graded and 1937 Donut Corp. of American Thrilling Moments In The Lives of Famous Americans Complete Set with PSA Graded.
An interesting feature of this auction is the unprecedented selection of ticket stubs, press passes, league passes and presidential inauguration tickets available for bidding. Stretching as far back as the 1800’s and traveling over a century forward, this auction features over 500 PSA authenticated tickets and tickets stubs, with World Series pieces from 1910-1995 including a full ticket to the 1908 World Series, memorable moments such as Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot”, Maris’ 60th and 61st homer, Don Larsen’s perfect game, “The Catch”, “The Billy Goat Curse”, Hank Aaron’s record-breaking HR #715 and even Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game, ticket stubs to the major league debut of Mantle, Aaron, Yastrzemski, Ryan, Carew, Gibson, Marichal, Carlton, Drysdale, F. Robinson, Rizzuto, Kiner, Ford, Palmer, Eckersley, R. Henderson, Smoltz and Murray, first career home runs of Mays, McCovey, Rice, Garvey and Ripken, first win for Feller, Ford, Koufax and Carlton, the 500th home run for Mantle, T. Williams, Schmidt and Banks, the 3000th hit for Aaron, Rose, Musial and Clemente, no-hitters and/or perfect games by Koufax, Feller, Marichal, Gibson, Eckersley and Bunning and a lot more.
There are also press and league passes ranging from the 1870s through to 1995 as well as tickets to the inauguration ceremonies of President Grant, Cleveland, B. Harrison, McKinley, Taft, Wilson, FDR, JFK, LBJ and Nixon.
As magnificent as this upcoming event is going to be, the MHCC staff is already working diligently on the next auction and is in the process of assembling the strongest auction in MHCC history. Headlining the fall auction with be three of the most iconic baseball cards ever produced; T206 Honus Wagner PSA 2, T206 Ty Cobb with rare Ty Cobb Back PSA 4.5 and T206 Eddie Plank SGC 3.
We will be taking consignments at the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, July 31st – August 4th at Booth 612/614, and if having your items featured next to that trio of classic cards isn’t enough of an incentive, consider that one lucky consignor at the National is going to win an autographed Babe Ruth single-signed baseball. For each $500 of value consigned, you get one ticket for the drawing. The bigger the consignment, the better the chances, but everyone gets a shot at it! If you desire the maximum possible return for your prized sports cards and/or memorabilia, please visit us at the National, call our office at (303) 840-2784 to speak with one of MHCC’s experts, or visit our website at www.milehighcardco.com.