Mile High Card Company completed their fifth sale since 2019 of a legendary T206 Honus Wagner card and once again hauled in a record-breaking sum with a price of $1.968 Million. The Exceptionally Attractive 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal 150/25 Honus Wagner PSA Authentic (Restored) received very spirited bidding from the first moment the auction opened into the extended bidding period, nearly becoming the first AUTHENTIC specimen to cross the $2 million dollar threshold.
“We’re not surprised at the result,” said MHCC CEO and President Brian Drent, “given the magnificent eye appeal of the piece. We have the most knowledgeable customer base in the business and they understood what a golden opportunity this was.” The auction ran from August 23rd through September 7th.
Other iconic cards spotlighted in the September auction were a 1914 Cracker Jack “Holy Bible” Shoeless Joe Jackson PSA 1.5 FAIR fetching $89,876, 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle SGC 5.5 EX+ that sold for $131,231, and a 1963 Topps Rookie Stars #537 Pete Rose PSA 9 MINT that fetched $79,775, with a 1909-11 T206 Piedmont Sherry Magee “Magie” Error PSA 2.5 GOOD+ grabbing $32,274, 1914 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb SGC 1 PR selling for a record $21,815, 1925 Universal Toy & Novelty (W-504) #123 G. H. “Babe” Ruth NY Yankees Hand Cut PSA 6 EX-MT taking in $22,373, 1933 Goudey #53 Babe Ruth SGC 2.5 GD+ settling at $11,589, 1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth PSA 4 VG-EX which sold for $15,652, 1950 Bowman #22 Jackie Robinson PSA 8 NM-MT that had strong interest and closed at $24,670, 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle PSA 3 VG that took down $12,748, 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente SGC 7 NM that sold for $14,057, 1960 Morrell Meats Dodgers Sandy Koufax PSA 9 MINT that impressed at $23,458, 1960 Topps #148 Carl Yastrzemski Rookie Star PSA 9 MINT that brought down $22,933, 1964 Topps All-Star Rookie #125 Pete Rose PSA 9 MINT finishing up at $28,800, 1965 Topps #581 N.L. Rookie Stars Tony Perez PSA 10 GEM MINT closing at $39,535, 1968 Topps #230 Pete Rose PSA 10 GEM MINT that went for a record-setting $26,746, 1968 Topps #130 Tony Perez PSA 10 GEM MINT that also set a new price record with an impressive hammer of $42,195, 1969 Topps #250 Frank Robinson PSA 10 GEM MINT POP 1 hauling in $30,333, 1969 Topps #500 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 MINT that closed at $21,841, 1957 Topps #138 John Unitas PSA 8 NM-MT selling for $11,589, 1959 Topps #1 Johnny Unitas PSA 9 MINT setting a new record at $19,981, 1961 Fleer #8 Wilt Chamberlain PSA 8 NM-MT fetching $35,560, 1985 Star Slam Dunk 5×7 #5 Michael Jordan PSA 8 NM-MT PSA/DNA AUTO AUTH that netted $25,901, 1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan PSA 9 MINT that saw a winning bid of $17,945, 1996-97 UD3 #C1 Michael Jordan Court Commemorative Autograph PSA 9 MINT 10 AUTO that sold for $34,314, 1997 Skybox E-X2001 Jambalaya #6 Michael Jordan PSA 8 NM-MT that closed at $29,987, 1962 Mars Attacks #1 The Invasion Begins PSA 8 NM-MT fetching an impressive $19,981, also a new record on the books, and a 1967 Topps Wacky Packs #21 Jolly Mean Giant Die-Cut PSA 6 EX-MT that more than doubled the previous record with a sale of $9,538. Two other examples from the breakup of the 1967 Wacky Packs collection posted record prices as well; 1967 Topps Wacky Packs #32 Ratz Die-Cut PSA 7 NM at $9,034, and 1967 Topps Wacky Packs #38 Cracked Animals Die-Cut PSA 6 EX-MT at $7,378.
Two highly significant game-used jerseys were offered in the September Auction: a 1971 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins Game Used Road Jersey Resolution Photomatch that astonished everyone with a sale of $167,491, and a 1967 Willie McCovey Game Used Road Jersey LOA MEARS A10, which landed at $17,235 after very spirited bidding. A fantastic selection of unopened material included a 1948 Leaf Baseball Unopened Wax Pack PSA 7 NM that sold for a record-shattering $206,017, a 1952 Topps Baseball Unopened Wax Pack 1st Series PSA 7 NM that landed $104,045, a 1954 Topps Baseball Unopened Wax Pack 5 Cent 4-Card PSA 7 NM hammering at $50,461, Exceptionally Scarce 1974 Topps Deckle Edge Unopened Wax Pack BBCE netting $5,325, 1974 Topps Unopened Wax Box BBCE that produced a sale of $11,688, 1975 Topps Unopened Cello Box With Hank Aaron On Top Of A Pack BBCE that earned $20,292, 1991 Topps Desert Shield Unopened Wax Box BBCE fetching $20,960, and 1959 Topps Football 1st Series Unopened Vending Box (Banded) selling for $30,240.
Two sets were offered both complete and as individual lots, with a 1966 Lost In Space Complete Set #3 On The PSA Set Registry remaining intact and earning $15,632 while a 1967 Topps Wacky Packs Die Cut #6 On the PSA Set Registry that was broken up for a total of $51,091. Other high-quality assemblages included an 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Complete Baseball Set Of Ten (10) All PSA/SGC Graded that fetched $12,858, 1933 Goudey Complete Set Completely Graded that saw heavy bidding and closed at $112,255, 1934 Goudey Complete Set Completely Graded bringing down $32,523, 1955 Topps Higher Grade Near Complete Set (203/206) With PSA that took in $20,563, 1957 Topps Higher Grade Complete Set With PSA Graded Plus Checklists And Contest Cards selling for $17,730, 1959 Topps Complete High-Grade Set With PSA And Variations that garnered $13,228, 1974 Topps Deckle Edge Complete Set With PSA 8 Ryan that took down $14,446, and a 1975 Topps Exceptionally High-Grade Complete Set Nearly Completely PSA Graded that sold for $14,416. An incredible selection of original Type I photos were led by a Circa 1910s Ty Cobb Type I Photograph PSA Authentic selling for $5,483, Exceptional 1919 “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Type I Photo PSA fetching $22,001, and Circa 1950 Jackie Robinson Type I Photograph Used For the 1950 Bowman Image PSA Authentic turning heads with a sale price of $9,954. An Exceptionally Rare 2014 Pokémon World Championship First Place Trophy And Memorabilia Group was hotly contested before closing at an astonishing sum of $41,166.
MHCC would like to thank our consignors and bidders for allowing us to bring this spectacular event to you, and we’re already on the lookout for quality material to make our end-of-the-year event a memorable one. In addition to our auction services, MHCC is an industry leader in private sales of high-profile collectibles. Please keep us in mind regarding exceptionally high-value sports collectibles on a private sale basis. If you desire the maximum possible return for your prized sports cards and memorabilia, please call our office at (303) 840-2784 to speak with one of MHCC’s experts or visit www.milehighcardco.com.