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PWCC November 2023 Premier Auction Recap

PWCC Marketplace is excited to announce the results of its November 2023 Premier Auction. Multiple records and interesting price points were set in the auction.  NOTE: The PWCC Sales History shows if a payment on a final sales price is still pending. When a payment is received, it is updated as a final sale in the history tool. In the rare case where a payment is not received, the entry is removed from the sales history.  

1998 Skybox Premium Star Rubies Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan’s 1998 Star Rubies issue sold for $216,000 Thursday night in PWCC’s Premier Auction to set a high-sale record for the coveted /50 parallel. In addition to setting a for-card record, this issue is now the second highest-selling Star Rubies parallel of all time across all years.
Skybox’s Star Rubies line played a large part in popularizing serial-numbered cards within the hobby. These parallels, along with other cards like Skybox’s Precious Metal Gems, introduced much needed scarcity that has carried over into today’s collecting landscape. Jordan’s 1998 Star Rubies release is the last Skybox issue to feature the GOAT before his retirement at the conclusion of the ‘98 season. Cards from this Star Rubies line are notoriously condition-sensitive due to their highly detailed foil surface and full bleed edges. PSA graded this example a Pop 4 Near Mint 7 with only five examples graded higher.

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA 1(mc) PR (PWCC-A) – PWCC Certified – Eye Appeal Rating: Top 30%

According to public data sets, the sale is actually the seventh highest price all time for a PSA 1 of the infamous Mantle card. What makes this sale compelling is this copy has a miscut qualifier, a designation that would historically repress the price. The reason for the strong performance for this PSA 1(mc) copy? Eye Appeal. Despite the pin holes that required it receive a PSA 1 grade, and the back of the card having a visible miscut, the overall condition and presentation of the cards still warranted a PWCC-A eye appeal designation, indicating PWCC’s experts feel it falls in the top 30% of all copies of a PSA 1 in terms of eye appeal.

1999 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Kobe Bryant PATCH AUTO 1/8 #GJ21A BGS 9 MINT

An autographed 1999 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Kobe Bryant card sold for $32,700 Thursday night to set a for-card record for the issue. Kobe was one of just six players to be included in Upper Deck’s 1999 autographed Game Jerseys set. Each card was hand-numbered to match the player’s jersey number,
making Kobe’s /8 issue one of the scarcest from the set. This example features the bookend 1/8 serial number along with Kobe’s on-card autograph and game-worn jersey patch. BGS graded this record-setting card a Pop 4 Mint 9 with none graded higher.

2020 Topps Dynasty F1 Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas PATCH AUTO 1/1 MBA AUTH

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ autographed 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 Gold Constructor Team dual patch issue sold for $20,400 in PWCC’s November Premier Auction to set a high-sale record for the card. This 1/1 masterpiece pays tribute to the two drivers who contributed to Mercedes’ domination over the last decade. With eight titles from the years 2014-2021, Mercedes holds the record for most consecutive constructors’ wins, five of which came from these two legendary drivers.

1998 Fleer Brilliants 24kt Gold Anfernee Hardaway /24 #8TG PSA 9 MINT

Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway’s 1998 Fleer Brilliants 24kt Gold parallel sold for $14,400 Thursday night to set a high-sale record for the card. Serial-numbered to just 24 copies, the 24-Karat Gold parallel was the scarcest offering from Fleer’s inaugural Brilliants release and ranks as one of Hardaway’s most coveted issues of all time. PSA graded this record-setting example a Pop 1 Mint 9 with none graded higher. The card features Hardaway near the end of his time with the Orlando Magic where he earned four All-Star selections and two All-NBA First team honors in his first five seasons with the team. At the time of this card’s release, Hardaway was dealing with his first of several knee injuries that would unfortunately alter his career, which if you ask Reggie Miller and Shaq could have concluded in a Hall-of-Fame induction without the injury.

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