A new standard in sports memorabilia is expected to be established in September when The Goldin Auctions Great American Trading Card Auction offers for sale 50 high-value trading cards. The event will be headlined by the famed 1909 T206 White Border Honus Wagner PSA EX 5 (MC) specimen, which is widely known in the hobby industry as The “Jumbo” Wagner. Wagner’s fame as the greatest shortstop in baseball history, the incomparable rarity and exclusivity of the card, and the story behind it combine to make this baseball’s most famous collectible. A preview of the auction is now open at www.GoldinAuctions.com. Bidding is open from September 12 through October 1.
“Serious collectors understand that every time a card like this is offered for auction, it may be the last time for a long time,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “The excitement that the auction of a T206 Wagner generates, coupled with the current booming market for high-grade trading cards, creates the perfect storm for establishing a new standard for sports memorabilia. With the tremendous increase in value of key trading cards, and influx of new collectors, the market has been clamoring for a high grade Wagner to come to market. We are pleased to offer one of the three highest graded examples and what many people consider the most desirable.”
The Great American Trading Card Auction also includes six cards awarded a PSA 10 GEM MT rating, five cards designated as 1 of 1’s and four cards recognized as 1 of 2. Remarkably, 14 of the cards are estimated to sell for more than $100,000 with nine expected to surpass $200,000. Here are a few of the other rare, high-grade cards being offered. For more detailed descriptions, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com.
- Lot #29 – 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente Rookie Card PSA MINT 9 – One of just 10 cards at this grade with only one higher from the 4,075 graded by PSA (estimate $500,000+).
- Lot #28 – 1954 Topps #128 Hank Aaron Rookie Card PSA MINT 9 – One of just 22 examples at this tier from the nearly 4,000 graded by PSA (estimate $350,000+).
- Lot #26 – 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card PSA NM +7.5 – One of just 45 examples to achieve this grade from the 1,375 graded by PSA (estimate $300,000+).
- Lot #44 – 1968 Topps #177 Nolan Ryan Rookie Card SGC 98 GEM 10 “1 of 2” – One of just two examples to reach this tier from more than 1,400 graded by SGC (estimate $250,000+).
- Lot #19 – 1949 Bowman #226 Duke Snider Rookie Card PSA GEM MT 10 “1 of 1” – The highest graded example from more than 600 graded by PSA (estimate $250,000+).
- Lot #11 – 1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie PSA MINT 9 – One of just nine cards to achieve this grading with none of the 83 examples graded higher by PSA (estimate $200,000+).
- Lot #50 – 2003-04 Upper Deck LeBron James 1/1 Ultimate Logos Autographed Logoman Rookie PSA MINT 9 – The most valuable and coveted James card, and with just one produced, it will forever be a one-of-a-kind (estimate $200,000+).
- Lot #20 – 1949 Bowman #84 Roy Campanella Rookie Card PSA GEM MT 10 “1 of 2” – One of just two examples to receive a perfect grade from PSA (estimate $200,000+).
- Lot #22 – 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card PSA NM-MT 8 – One of the 10 highest graded cards from the 1,600 submitted to PSA for grading (estimate $150,000+).
- Lot #15 – 1936 World Wide Gum #51 Joe DiMaggio Rookie Card PSA NM 7 “1 of 1” – The highest graded example of this rare card of the 27 submitted for grading by PSA (estimate $50,000+).
- Lot #48 – 1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson Rookie Card PSA GEM MT 10 – With more than 15,750 examples submitted for grading, this is one of just 17 to receive a perfect grade from PSA (estimate $35,000+).
- Lot #49 – 1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card PSA GEM MINT 10 – The highest graded rookie card from the NBA’s greatest player (estimate $30,000)+.
- Lot #47 – 1980 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card PSA MINT 9 – With the only PSA GEM MT 10 version of this card recently selling for $465,000, the sky is the limit on this card (estimate $30,000+).
A few examples of recent sales in which high-grade trading cards reached stratospheric levels include: in April, 2013, the highest price realized for a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card (PSA NM-MT 8) was just under $80,000. In 2015, a comparable ’52 Mantle sold for $525,000. During nearly the same time-frame, a ’52 Topps #261 Mays PSA 9 garnered $26,500. This year, the same card realized $478,000. Additionally, a 1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth (PSA 5) which sold for $49,500 in 2013, most recently garnered $191,200.
To preserve the integrity of the auction and protect all bidders and the consignor, bidding on Lot #1 – the “Jumbo Wagner” – requires pre-approval. All interested bidders must contact Goldin Auctions in advance for pre-approval or they will not be authorized to bid. For more information about The Great American Trading Card Auction, contact Goldin Auctions at email@example.com or call 856-767-8550.