If the results of Mile High Card Company’s October auction are any indication, the sports card and memorabilia market is as strong as it’s ever been. “Prices all across the board were at or near record numbers in this auction. It’s a good time to be a Mile High Card Company consignor and we anticipate even better results going forward” said MHCC President and CEO Brian Drent.
One key attraction to the MHCC October Auction was the breakup of the #4 PSA Set Registry ranked 1967 Topps baseball set which brought in a cumulative total of $170,133 behind record-shattering prices for #150 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 MINT at $14,551, #30 Al Kaline PSA 10 GEM MINT at $13,021, #38 Bob Johnson PSA 10 GEM MINT at $3,983, #145 Larry Brown PSA 10 GEM MINT at $3,241, #503 Dodgers Team PSA 10 GEM MINT at $5,224 and 1967 Topps #570 Maury Wills PSA 10 GEM MINT at $6,072.
A spectacular T206 Eddie Plank SGC 40 VG 3 led the list of amazing sports cards in this auction and brought in the hefty sum of $65,362, with other key cards including a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 4.5 VG/EX+ that sold for $44,504, over $3,000 above the previous sales record, 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb Bat on Shoulder PSA 7 NM that sold for $26,016, a rare 1928 Sociedade Industrial #100 Ruth/Gehrig SGC 70 EX+ 5.5 that battled throughout the night and landed at $16,043, 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig PSA 8 NM/MT that hammered at $44,128, 1950 Bowman #22 Jackie Robinson PSA 8 NM/MT that shattered the record by nearly 30% with a winning bid of $13,003, 1970 Topps #600 Willie Mays PSA 10 GEM MINT that destroyed the previous record of $6,809 in 2015 with a winning bid $34,045, 1956 Topps #30 Jackie Robinson Grey Back PSA 9 MINT that closed at $14,480, 1956 Topps #33 Roberto Clemente PSA 9 MINT bringing down $21,726, 1956 Topps #135 Mickey Mantle Gray Back PSA 8 NM/MT that sold for $7,618, 1959 Morrell Meats Sandy Koufax PSA 7.5 NM+ that finished at an astonishing $25,172, 1966 Topps #50 Mickey Mantle SGC 9.5 MINT+ that hammered for $19,216, and 1959 Bazooka Jim Brown Hand Cut PSA 5 EX that went back and forth between bidders before finishing at $7,448. Several PSA 9 MINT 1962 Topps football cards destroyed the record books, including the sale of #24 Ron Bull at $5,440, #25 Bears Team at $4,945, #32 Lou Groza at $5,017, #58 Alex Karras at $4,495 and #122 J.D. Smith at $4,495.
Rookie cards continued to be hot with a 1936 National Chicle Joe DiMaggio Slams It PSA 8 NM/MT bringing in $8,467, 1948 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige PSA 1 PR doubling the previous record price at $7,348, 1951 Bowman #6 Don Newcombe PSA 10 GEM MINT selling for $10,233, 1959 Topps #514 Bob Gibson PSA 9 MINT closing at $11,641, 1975 Topps #620 Gary Carter PSA 10 GEM MINT that found a new home at $8,179, 2003 SP Authentic #148 LeBron James Autographed PSA 10 GEM MINT posting a new record price at $17,872 and 1958-59 Topps #66 Bobby Hull SGC 8 NM/MT that received a record-shattering $52,332.
Autograph seekers turned out in heavy numbers for the opportunity to bid on the expansive selection of elite and unique items with prices realized that included a spectacular Babe Ruth Single-Signed Baseball that closed to strong bidding at $40,336, 1939 All Star Game Multi-Signed OAL (Harridge) Ball with (23) Signatures Featuring Gehrig, DiMaggio, Foxx, Ott Etc. that sold for $8,745 and 1958 Topps Baseball Autographed Near-Complete Set of (442/494) All PSA/DNA Encapsulated that sold for $11,541. A 1940 Play Ball #168 Honus Wagner PSA/DNA Authentic sold for $4,873 while an Amazing Lolly Hopkins Autograph Book Featuring Wagner, Traynor, Cy Young, Hartnett, Ott, Klem, Paul Waner, Etc. fetched $4,429. Game-used and memorabilia collectors joined the fray with some surprising results; a 1969-70 Reggie Jackson Oakland A’s Game Worn Green Mist Vest Style Flannel Jersey selling for $13,731, 1973 Bob Griese World Champion Miami Dolphins Game-Used Helmet selling for $3,819, 1985 Walter Payton Chicago Bears Game-Used Road Jersey hammering at $5,707, 2011 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings Game-Used Jersey From 10/16 Game at Chicago with Team COA that sold for $2,365 and a 1982 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Championship Ring Belonging to Orlando Sanchez that finished at $7,950.
If you were after some top-notch sets, you had some spirited competition as a 1933 Goudey Complete Set Mostly Graded went for $11,156, 1950 Bowman Complete Set Completely Graded Nearly All SGC Graded sold for $7,950, 1953 Topps Near Complete Set (267/274) with Mantle and Paige topped $4,615, 1958 Topps Baseball Near Complete Set (489/494) brought in $8,467, 1961 Fleer Baseball Complete Set #9 on PSA Set Registry sold for $5,586, 1959 Topps Football Complete Set #4 on PSA Set Registry 9.125 GPA exceeded expectations with a winning mark of $30,718 and a 1960 Topps Football Complete Set #6 Current Finest on PSA Set Registry at $8,192.
Other interesting items of note were a spectacular 1893 Zimmer’s Baseball Game Featuring 11 Hall Of Famers with Original Lid- Newly Discovered that received heavy bidding and brought in $25,152, 1972 Topps Baseball 4th Series Full Unopened Wax Box BBCE that sold for $8,256, 1973 Topps Baseball 2nd Series Full Unopened Wax Box BBCE that sold for $9,302, 1968 Topps Football Unopened Wax Box BBCE that surprised at $15,427, 1958-59 Parkhurst Hockey Wax Pack GAI 8 NM/MT that finished at $3,596, 1976 Topps Star Trek Full Unopened Wax Box BBCE that went where no man has gone before with a winning bid of $10,582, and 1962 Mars Attacks #12 Death in the Cockpit PSA 9 MINT and 1962 Mars Attacks #47 Earth Bombs Mars PSA 9 MINT, each selling for $6,487.
As always, MHCC would like to thank out amazing consignors and bidders that allow us to offer events such as this, and we are currently accepting consignments for our year ending December Auction. There’s still time to get your consignments in, so if you desire the maximum possible return for your prized sports cards and/or memorabilia, please call our office at (303) 840-2784 to speak with one of our team of experts, contact us at www.milehighcardco.com.