Memory Lane’s Winter Premier Auction Reaches Nearly $5 Million in Sales

Vintage baseball cards were well represented in Memory Lane’s Winter Premier Auction. In fact, the 120 lots were nothing but icons and the selling prices showed it. The auction that closed early Sunday morning (Feb. 4, 2024) and included a stack of new records. Total sales reached nearly $5 million. The top seller was a 1909 T204 Ramly Walter Johnson graded PSA 8. One of only two copies at that NM/MT level, the card soared to $376,736. In all, 14 cards in the auction sold for over $110,000.

Another record was set by the $160,736 sale of one of the 22 1957 Topps Mickey Mantle cards graded Mint 9 by PSA. Only one card has been granted a 10 of the more than 7,800 examined.

One of 13 1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle cards graded PSA 9 was the second highest selling card in the auction at $220,736.

The auction closed just as “Willie Mays Day” (2/4) was dawning across Major League Baseball. Eight vintage Mays cards were sold with of the five 1958 Topps cards at the 9 level topping the list at $133,906.

For the first time in nearly five years, a PSA 9 1955 Bowman Mays was offered to the marketplace and bidders pounced. In the end, the card realized $113,908–more than five times the previous record. A PSA 9 1962 Topps Mays also crossed the six-figure mark at $110,018.

Record setting Hank Aaron cads in the auction included a 1960 Topps PSA 9 that hammered at $103,318 and a 1973 Topps PSA 10 that reached $58,961.

Another new bar was set for the PSA 9 1954 Topps Jackie Robinson at $114,098.

There were more Roberto Clemente cards in the auction than any other player, spanning from 1956-1973 including numerous Mint 9s. The 1971 Topps, with its jet black borders, is a tough one to locate at that level, with only 16 9s on the population report. The one offered by Memory Lane closed at $61,782, just short of the record set earlier this year. A 1958 Topps Clemente, one with the letters in the “Pittsburgh Pirates” team name on the front printed in yellow instead of white and graded PSA 9, netted $58,639.

Several other high-grade 1970s cards set new records including a 1976 Topps Nolan Ryan PSA 10 that more than doubled the previous high mark set in January of 2021 when it closed at $42,864 and a 1971 Topps Ryan PSA 9 at $34,408.

Other cards sold included:

1975 Topps George Brett PSA 10 $147,484
T206 Ty Cobb Green Portrait Piedmont 150/25 PSA 7 $147,484
1980 Topps Rickey Henderson PSA 10 $135,484
1952 Topps #312 Jackie Robinson PSA 8 NM-MT $108,664
1962 Topps #320 Hank Aaron PSA 9 $103,317

Complete auction results can be found here.

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