Summer Recap of SGC Card Sales From PWCC Auctions and Goldin Auctions

For SGC graded cards, this summer was a continuation of the upward trend in their value seen throughout 2016. Several noteworthy auctions in the last few months featured SGC cards that yielded record prices, including Goldin Auctions and PWCC Auctions.

Lawrence Taylor is arguably the greatest defensive player ever to step onto a football field. In an auction that closed on September 25th, PWCC sold a 1982 Topps Lawrence Taylor Rookie graded an SGC 100 for $5,277. The card was truly spectacular—it is the only example that SGC has ever given a Pristine grade. $5,277 is the highest price that a Taylor Rookie has ever sold for. Brent Huigens of PWCC commented, “SGC has always held an important place in the world of graded card commodities, but sales like the SGC 100 Lawrence Taylor (5x increase over PSA 10 market pricing) show that SGC holds a very special place in the hobby through their PRISTINE 100 assessment. The Pristine grade exceeds the standard Gem Mint designation by a full grade and is an important distinction for investors, especially within the 1970s and 1980s decades, where populations of Gem Mint cards are relatively high. In these situations, distinguishing the ‘great from the good’ carries special significance among investors.”

PWCC also sold a 1960 Topps Roberto Clemente graded an SGC 96. There are not many other athletes that achieved the level of respect that Roberto Clemente did during his life. Not only known for his onfield abilities, he was one of the world’s greatest humanitarians, ultimately giving his life in an effort to save others. Only four 1960 Topps Clemente cards have ever been graded a 96, and SGC has never graded any higher. The example that PWCC sold in their auction reached a final price of $8,899, a record for an SGC 96 and a massive increase in value from the last time this exact card sold in 2007 for $970.

Lot #44 of Goldin’s auction featured a 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan Rookie card graded an SGC 98. There are only two Ryan Rookies that have ever reached the 98 mark. Nolan Ryan is one of baseball’s greatest power pitchers, tossing 7 no-hitters and fanning batters. With a career like Ryan’s, it is easy to see why his Rookie is one of the most collectible cards from the 1960s. The SGC 98 Ryan that sold in this Goldin auction hammered down a final price of $132,000.

Goldin’s Inaugural Great American Trading Card Auction also featured two iconic pre-war cards from the 1915 Cracker Jack set. The first was a Joe Jackson graded an SGC 96, the highest grade a 1915 Jackson has ever received from SGC. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was one of the greatest players to ever play the game. It is difficult to say how many records he could have set had he not been banned from baseball following the infamous 1919 Black Sox Scandal. This Mint example of the Jackson sold for an impressive $108,000. This is the highest public sale price of a Cracker Jack Joe Jackson; a new record.

The other 1915 Cracker Jack that sold in this Goldin auction was none other than Detroit Tiger Ty Cobb. Considered by most to be one of the best hitters in baseball history, Cobb was one of 5 players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in its first induction. The 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb that sold in the Great American Trading Card Auction was graded an SGC 96. It is one of just two 96’s that exist, with no higher-graded examples. This exquisite Cobb received 17 bids before it finally sold for $106,575.

PWCC Auctions and Goldin Auctions among others, featured many fine examples of SGC cards that sold this past summer. The record prices realized in this past summer’s sports auctions demonstrate buyers’ confidence in the accuracy and consistency of SGC grades. The hobby has spoken once again, and the message remains the same: SGC cards are on the rise.

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