Small Traditions November 3, 2018 Fall Classic Auction In Progress

Small Traditions is pleased to announce that the 2018 Fall Classic Auction is open for bidding. Importantly, the auction will run through Saturday, November 3, 2018 according to a “hard closing” time of 11pm PST or 2am EST. We have completely done away with the 15-minute rule and extended bidding, which means that the auction will close abruptly and precisely at the stated time. As always, please consider placing maximum bids in order avoid disappointment, and remember that placing a maximum bid on top of your current winning bid will not raise the current bid price. Bid, view and register for the auction at

The auction closes on Saturday, November 3, 2018 according to a “hard closing” time of 11pm PST or 2am EST.  We have completely done away with the 15-minute rule and extended bidding, which means that the auction will close abruptly and precisely at the stated time.

Highlights from the auction include selections from the Yankee Clipper Collection, nearly 30 rare and unusual PSA-graded Joe DiMaggio cards from the 41-card Joe DiMaggio Master Set Registry checklist. Incredibly, nearly half of the DiMaggio cards offered in this auction rank as the highest-ever graded, including many Pop 1s.
Other highlights include a wide selection of high-grade Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, and Roberto Clemente cards, many of which also rank as the single finest copies in existence. There’s even a ticket stub from Koufax’s first-ever win, one of just 7 examples ever reviewed by PSA.

This year’s Fall Classic Auction presents one of the finest selections of hard-to-find Derek Jeter rookie cards to hit the public auction block in as long as we can remember.
Finally, collectors will also find 200 BGS-graded modern (mostly 1980s and 1990s) rookie cards, 69 of which have been deemed BGS 10 Pristine masterpieces.

It’s a very fun auction filled with many esoteric and high-grade items you won’t find anywhere else.


Consign at a 0% Sellers Fee to Our Premium Auctions
Our hallmark service, list your treasured collectibles in our monthly auctions for no sellers fee whatsoever. That’s right! Our consignors keep 100% of the final bids generated by their items. A full calendar for 2015, which will see our fourth year of auction operations, will allow plenty of time to take advantage of both our popular Cost-Free Grading program and our unbeatable Collection Management Service described below, so please call 303.832.1975 or write if you’d like to get the ball rolling and breathe some new life and excitement into your old collections.

List for Free in Our Small Traditions Web Store
Open round the clock, we welcome you to a completely reimagined and reinvented Small Traditions Store, where consignors can now list their best items for free, long before we later “flip” them to our auction. Once listed in our store, we will further promote these items in complimentary Buy-It-Now eBay listings under our 15-year-old Highest Rated Seller Account so that the whole world will know about your consigned items by the time they head to auction. We also invite you to consider the STs Store as a free, online home for treasured items from your personal collection. All we require are high-resolution images along with prices that YOU set. Items remain in your possession, and should a sale occur, our fee is a modest 10%.

Grade 10 to 100 Cards with PSA & BGS at No Cost
Certified third-party grading is an expensive and delicate process that typically adds multiple factors of value to properly handled and selected cards. In the grading process, experienced professionals scrutinize every square millimeter of both surfaces of a card. A pixel-sized print dot can lower a card’s final grade a full level, and the tiniest imaginable nicks and scratches from handling can impact a grade even more. Use your discretion to select 10 to 100 of your best “raw” or ungraded cards to submit to Small Traditions, and we’ll use our expertise to further screen and prepare them for grading with PSA, SGC, or BGS, the hobby’s leading third-party certification companies. We’ll consult before and after the grading process to discuss your expectations and to ensure not just your satisfaction with the process but also your understanding of its many challenges. After initial consultation, we’ll then do the delicate and important work of sorting and preparing your cards for grading. We’ll pay to ship them off, we’ll pay the grading fees, we’ll pay to ship them back, and we’ll pay to auction them. We will pay for all charges up front and then deduct ONLY your grading fees after the completed auction(s) of your item(s). You keep 100% of the final bid(s), and we charge our bidders a flat participation fee, from which we derive our revenue.

Grade & Auction Your Entire Collection for as Little as 10-20%
Our Collection Management Service is a consultation and asset liquidation program aimed at maximizing the sales value of larger groups of cards and collectibles. Whether your collection consists of 200 signed photos or 200,000 old cards, instead of selling it in one block for far less than its potential market value — sometimes far less, as most dealers will usually pay 60% of book value for cash deals — we’ll organize your entire collection, identify the best candidates for grading, pay for and auction the graded cards, and then sell the leftovers in detailed groups. This extremely labor intensive process typically increases the values of the collections with which we work again by multiple factors. Instead of earning just $10,000 for your collection, we’ll work hard to earn you $20,000 to $30,000, or more, all at a modest cost of 10-20%, depending on the size of the collection. Working for a flat fee, we will help to sell your cards for as much potential profit as possible, so as to increase our small margin in the true market value of your collection once processed professionally and intelligently. There is no better deal in the hobby, period. Isn’t it time you returned to Small Traditions?

Dave Thorn & The STs Team