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Mint Mantle Rookie Smashes Record In Memory Lane Auction

View Memory Lane’s Summer Auction Catalog Early Through ZmagA little over four years ago, Memory Lane generated headlines with the sale of a PSA 9 (mint) Mickey Mantle rookie card. Early Sunday morning, that record-setting $220,150 sale was blown away in the company’s Fall Auction when the same 1951 Bowman gem soared to $588,000.

The iconic card topped bidding in Memory Lane’s Fall Classic Auction, which tallied over $3.5 million. The company set a record for highest average price per lot in the relatively small 522-lot auction.

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The second highest priced card in the sale was for a 1953 Topps Willie Mays graded PSA 9. One of just two at that level, the second-year Topps issue sold for $132,000.
Bidders also had the rare opportunity to chase a 1922 Babe Ruth side-written Louisville Slugger game-used bat. The bat, sent by Ruth to Kentucky during spring training 1923 as a model for the company to add more lumber to the Yankee legend’s arsenal, is graded GU 10 by PSA/DNA. When the dust settled, the bat sold for $408,000.

The only PSA 10 example of the 1910 E98 Honus Wagner, one that originated with the famous Black Swamp Find, led a flashy parade of pre-War cards in the auction, selling for $99,600. Another Black Swamp card, a PSA 9 Ty Cobb (red background) sold for $26,400.

Several high-grade T206s drew a crowd of interested collectors including:

  • Ty Cobb (green portrait) PSA 7 $67,200
  • Ty Cobb (bat on shoulder) PSA 8 $66,000
  • Walter Johnson (portrait) PSA 8 $56,400
  • Ty Cobb (red portrait) PSA 7 $35,060
  • Christy Mathewson (portrait) PSA 8 $49,200
  • Mordecai Brown (portrait) PSA 8 $28,159
  • Johnny Evers (with bat/Cubs on shirt) PSA 8 $20,060
  • Vic Willis (with bat/St. Louis) PSA 8 $13,399

One of the two PSA 10 1956 Topps Luis Aparicio rookie cards soared to $53,380 while a PSA 10 ’56 Sandy Koufax brought $45,860. A 1967 Topps Roberto Clemente, also graded PSA 10, sold for $28,176.

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Collectors of vintage unopened material zeroed in on a 1961-62 Fleer unopened box of 24 packs. Likely teeming with some of the top basketball rookie cards of all-time, the box rocketed to $93,600. A 1970 Topps Super baseball box sold for $7,575.

The auction also included several high-grade Type 1 photographs. Images of Joe Jackson, Walter Johnson, Rogers Hornsby, Joe DiMaggio and Hank Aaron sold for over $5,000 each.

Prices include a 20% buyer’s premium.

Memory Lane is accepting consignments for its next major catalog auction, set to open in December. For more information, visit the company’s website or call 877-606-LANE (5263).

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