Doyle Error, Babe Ruth Bat Shine in $15 Million Record-Setting Summer Auction

Robert Edward Auctions closed its Summer Catalog Auction on Sunday night, headlined by two rare items that sold for $1.323 million each: a newly discovered 1909-1911 T206 White Border Joe Doyle error card graded SGC VG+ 3.5 and a Babe Ruth game-used bat graded PSA/DNA GU 10 photomatched to a game in 1923. The Doyle error card set a new public sale record for the card, which was previously set last year by a PSA 2 example at $1,030,047. It is the first auction in REA’s thirty-year history to have two items surpass the $1 million mark.

The auction, which opened on July 24 and featured nearly 3,000 items, generated more than $15.7 million in sales and garnered more than 80,000 bids. Eleven other items in the Summer Catalog Auction also finished above $100,000, including:

  • 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie PSA NM-MT 8 – $372,000
  • 1955 Topps #123 Sandy Koufax Rookie PSA MINT 9 – $360,000
  • 1948-1949 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson Rookie PSA NM-MT 8 – $324,000
  • Extremely Rare 1903 Boston Americans (vs. Pittsburgh Pirates) World Series Game 1 Ticket – One of Only Two Examples Known – $270,000
  • 1909-1911 T206 White Border Eddie Plank PSA GOOD+ 2.5 (Ex-Conlon Collection) – $168,000
  • 1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays SGC NM/MT 8 – $144,000
  • 1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson Rookie PSA GEM MINT 10 – $144,000
  • 1953 Topps Original Card Artwork Collection (25) In Framed Display Including Yogi Berra, Red Schoendienst, and Phil Rizzuto – $138,000
  • 1909-1911 T206 White Border Walter Johnson Hands at Chest – Broad Leaf 460 Back PSA FAIR 1.5 – Newly Discovered! – $138,000
  • 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA EX 5 – $126,000
  • 1933 R319 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig PSA NM-MT 8 – $108,000

Other top results in REA’s Summer Catalog Auction included:

  • 1970-1971 Topps Basketball Second Series Unopened Wax Box (24 Packs) – BBCE – $96,000
  • 1909-1911 T206 White Border Ty Cobb Portrait Red Background SGC NM/MT 8 – $93,000
  • 1963 Topps Football Near-Complete Set (169/170): #3 PSA Set Registry – $93,000
  • 1965 Topps #477 Steve Carlton Rookie PSA GEM MINT 10 – $87,000
  • Circa 1966 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants Signed Game-Used Glove with Batboy Provenance – PSA/DNA – $63,000
  • 1977 Topps “Star Wars” Series 1-5 PSA GEM MINT 10 and MINT 9 Near-Complete Set (262/330) – $63,000
  • 1977 Topps “Star Wars” #1 Luke Skywalker PSA GEM MINT 10 – $63,000
  • 1932-1933 Herb Pennock New York Yankees Game-Used Road Uniform – Resolution Photomatch – $60,000
  • 1981 Topps Football #216 Joe Montana Rookie PSA GEM MINT 10 – $45,600
  • 1962 Philadelphia Warriors (vs. New York Knicks) Ticket Stub PSA GOOD 2 – Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-Point Game – $36,000

“It’s a big deal in the hobby when an item passes the one million dollar mark so to have two surpass that coveted benchmark on the same night is very exciting,” said Brian Dwyer, President of REA. “What’s very interesting about these results is you have one item tied to the most iconic player in baseball history and another that depicts a virtually unknown player, and they both sold for the same figure. It really represents how much passion there is in this industry. It also demonstrated that the high-end card and memorabilia markets are alive and well.”

You can see the full breakdown of REA’s Summer Catalog Auction results on the company’s website.

REA’s upcoming auction schedule is as follows:

September 7-17 – September Encore Auction
September 15 – Deadline to Consign Memorabilia, Autographs, Unopened Material, and Ungraded Cards for Inclusion in the 2023 Fall Catalog Auction
October 1 – Deadline To Consign For Inclusion in the October Encore Auction
October 9 – Deadline To Consign Graded Cards for Inclusion in the Fall Catalog Auction
October 12-22 – October Encore Auction
November 17 – December 3 – Fall Catalog Auction

To consign in any of REA’s upcoming auctions, please contact info@robertedwardauctions.com. If you’d like to register to bid or request one of our future catalogs, visit https://bid.robertedwardauctions.com/user/register. You can also read REA’s consignor stories from previous and upcoming REA auctions.

About Robert Edward Auctions
Robert Edward Auctions (REA) is one of the leading auction houses in the US specializing in sports and non-sports cards and memorabilia. For more than 30 years, REA has established a reputation as the industry benchmark through its unparalleled and unwavering commitment to integrity, knowledge and transparency. The Company has brokered some of the most lucrative sales and handled some of the most coveted pieces of sports memorabilia in the hobby’s history, including the record-setting sale of the extremely desirable T206 Honus Wagner card for $6.6 million in August 2021. In July 2023, the company acquired Huggins & Scott Auctions. For more information, visit https://robertedwardauctions.com/ and follow REA on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. You can also contact us and request our auction catalog by emailing info@robertedwardauctions.com.

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