A quartet of iconic sports cards and an unprecedented ticket stub collection dominated the action in Mile High Card Company’s July Auction, which concluded on Thursday, July 11th. “Everyone is excited about the National, our Babe Ruth autographed baseball giveaway and the T206 Wagner and Cobb with Cobb back cards in “The Event” coming in October, but first things first. This July Auction did extremely well, offering many new items out of the norm. We are continuing to expand our bidder base as we gear up for the best auction in our company’s history” said MHCC President and CEO Brian Drent.
Leading the way was a pair of rare Babe Ruth cards with a 1916 D350-1 Standard Biscuit #151 Babe Ruth PSA 2 GOOD selling for $125,443 and a 1917 H801-8 Boston Store #147 Babe Ruth SGC 3.5 VG+ bringing in $124,473. Also of note were a pair of highly-prized cards produced in the 21st century; a 2000 Playoff Contenders #144 Tom Brady Rookie Ticket Autographed SGC 10 GEM MINT that sold for $75,667 and a 2009 Bowman Chrome DP & Pros Autos Gold Refractor #BDPP89 Mike Trout 04/50 PSA 9 MINT AUTO 10 that brought in $50,946.
Other key cards in the July auction include a 1910 E98 Set of 30 Hans Wagner Red PSA 9 MINT that closed at $16,765, 1910 E98 Set of 30 Hans Wagner Green PSA 8 NM/MT that brought in $7,686, 1912 T202 Hassan Cigarettes #129 Ty Cobb Steals Third SGC 86 NM+ 7.5 that sold for $7,227, 1922 E120 American Caramel Babe Ruth PSA 3.5 VG+ that saw spirited bidding before finishing at $8,456, 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 2 GOOD that understandably saw plenty of action before closing at $14,719, 1957 Topps #400 Dodgers’ Sluggers Furillo/Hodges/Camp/Snider PSA 9 MINT that sold for $7,696, 1958 Topps #312 Red Sox Team Checklist PSA 10 GEM MINT that brought down an eye-popping $8,485, 1961 Topps Dice Game Don Drysdale SGC 1 PR that shattered the previous sales record at $11,976, 1965 Topps #120 Frank Robinson PSA 10 GEM MT that closed at $8,456, 1967 Topps #242 NL RBI Leaders Aaron/Clemente/Allen PSA 10 GEM MT, the one and only example on record, that sold for $13,003, 1968 Topps #177 Mets Rookies J. Koosman/N. Ryan PSA 8.5 NM-MT+ that sold for $7,435, 1957 Topps #138 John Unitas SGC 9 MINT that brought down $37,564, 1966 Philadelphia #41 Jim Brown PSA 9 MINT that netted $11,641 and 1960 Hemmets Journal #23 Cassius Clay Hand Cut PSA 9 MINT that closed at $13,791.
There was a strong selection of exclusive memorabilia and autographed items in the July Auction with a fresh-to-the-hobby example of a 1910s Ty Cobb “Fan for a Fan” that sold for $15,589 as well as a 1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Type I Original Photograph PSA/DNA selling for $8,636, and a spectacular Babe Ruth Single Signed Pacific Coast League Ball PSA/DNA graded NM/MT 8 that brought in $41,344. Other key items were an exceptional Jimmie Foxx single-signed Baseball PSA/DNA that landed $12,697, 1930 New York Yankees Team-Signed OAL (Barnard) ball with (17) Signatures Featuring Ruth and Gehrig that sold for $4,342, 1950s Negro League Star and HOF Multi-Signed OAL (Brown) Ball with (15) Signatures Featuring Campanella and Alex Pompez that stole the show for $7,348 and a 1931 World Champions St. Louis Cardinals Team-Signed ONL (Heydler) ball with (18) Signatures with Bottomley that fetched $4,429.
Collectors of unopened material were treated to some rare and high-quality offerings with highlights that include an extremely rare 1967 Topps Punch-Out Unopened Wax Pack (the only one known to exist) that sold for $5,780, 1952 Topps Unopened Wax Pack 1st Series GAI 6.5 EX/MT+, always an item of great demand, that went for $11,541, 1960 Topps Baseball Cello Pack 4th Series Mickey Mantle on Top PSA 5 EX that netted $6,513, 1970 Topps Baseball 4th Series Full Unopened Wax Box BBCE that received very strong bidding and sold for $29,407, 1978 Topps Baseball 3-Box Rack Case Factory Sealed BBCE that found a new home for $11,541,1979 Topps Baseball 6-Box Rack Case Factory Sealed BBCE that fetched $17,021, an exceptionally rare 1989 Topps Heads Up! Baseball Stars Test Issue Unopened Wax Box BBCE that brought in $3,257, and a 1957 Topps Basketball Wax Pack 5-Cent GAI 6.5 EX/MT+ that closed strongly at $17,165. A 1951 Bowman Red Menace Complete Set, ranked #1 On PSA Set Registry, tallied $17,893.
An interesting feature of this auction was the unprecedented selection of ticket stubs, press passes, league passes, and presidential inauguration tickets. The most comprehensive collection ever offered at auction, the feverish bidding on this collection of over 500 individual lots kept us going into the wee hours of the auction and totaled over $155,000, led by the following: 1918 Cincinnati Reds Ticket Stub Jesse Haines MLB Debut PSA AUTHENTIC ($4,465), 1952 Boston Braves Ticket Stub Eddie Mathews 1st Game PSA 2 GOOD ($4,465), Exceptionally Rare 1908 World Series (Detroit) Full Ticket ($4,342), 1924 Boston Red Sox Ticket Stub Earle Combs MLB Debut PSA AUTHENTIC ($4,316), 1934 Washington Senators Ticket Stub Babe Ruth Last Game as Yankee PSA AUTHENTIC ($3,923), 1962 Philadelphia Warriors Ticket Stub Wilt Chamberlain 100 Points PSA AUTHENTIC ($3,660), 1951 New York Yankees Ticket Stub Mickey Mantle MLB Debut PSA 2 GOOD ($3,565), 1966 New York Mets Ticket Stub Nolan Ryan MLB Debut PSA 6 EX/MT ($3,241), 1979 Oakland A’s Ticket Stub Rickey Henderson MLB Debut and First Stolen Base PSA AUTHENTIC ($3,047), and a 1915 World Series Game 5 Ticket Stub Ruth’s First WS Championship PSA AUTHENTIC ($2,454).
We would like to thank our bidders and consignors for allowing us to present another fantastic MHCC auction, but the best is yet to come! We are presently accepting consignments for the October auction, “The Event”, headlined by two of the most iconic baseball cards ever produced; T206 Honus Wagner PSA 2 and T206 Ty Cobb with rare Ty Cobb Back PSA 4.5.
We will be 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 those two 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’ll get a ticket for the drawing. The bigger the consignment, the better the chances, but everyone who consigns has a shot at it! The Wagner and Cobb cards will be on display, as well as many other amazing items slated to be in the October auction.
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 the website at www.milehighcardco.com.