Mile High Card Company’s March Auction, the most comprehensive offering in the company’s 22-year history, closed on Thursday March 21st with incredible results that included a slew of record-setting prices. Leading the auction was a quartet of museum-quality highlights that perfectly epitomized the diversity of the event; an 1888 N173 Old Judge King Kelly “Street Clothes” variation cabinet card (one of only four known to exist) that sold for $63,056, a collection of game-used bats that included each member of the legendary 500 home run club that brought in a combined $299,644, a 1933 V353 World Wide Gum (Canadian Goudey) Uncut Sheet Featuring (3) Babe Ruth Cards and Lou Gehrig that closed at $49,403 and a spectacular 1909-11 T206 Near-Complete Set (477/520) All PSA Graded #8 on PSA Set Registry that fetched $127,920. “It was a long night of heavy bidding but with such amazing material being presented, we were ready for the challenge” said MHCC President and CEO Brian Drent, “We were pleased to see how many record prices were set tonight.”
Game-used bat collectors were treated to a mother lode of material with every member of the 500 home run club represented as well as and other notable superstars. Key game-used bats sold were a 1926-27 Jimmie Foxx Spalding Rookie-Era PSA/DNA GU 9 that brought in $27,507, 1939-40 Ted Williams Rookie-Era Louisville Slugger PSA/DNA GU 9 that received heavy action before landing at $59,285, 1959-60 Eddie Mathews Adirondack PSA/DNA GU 10 that saw plenty of action and sold for $18,329, 1980 Mike Schmidt Game-Used and Signed Adirondack Pro Ring Bat PSA/DNA GU 10 that went for $8,997, 1965-68 Mickey Mantle Louisville Slugger PSA/DNA GU landing at $10,506, 2001 Barry Bonds Game-Used and Signed Sam Bat (73 Home Run Season) PSA/DNA GU 10 selling for a whopping $20,442, 1982 Cal Ripken Jr. Rookie-Era Game-Used Louisville Slugger Bat GU 10 that brought down $10,024, 2002 Derek Jeter Signed Louisville Slugger LOA/Steiner and PSA/DNA GU 9 selling for $7,227 and 2013 Mike Trout Old Hickory Bat PSA/DNA GU 10 that finished up at $10,233.
Of course, MHCC still had the usual amazing selection of top-quality sports cards that makes it the leader in the industry, with the King Kelly cabinet card joined by a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle SGC 7 NM that hit the ground running before finishing up at $120,095, 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folder Matthewson/Bridwell (Mathewson) NM/MT+ 8.5 selling for $9,619, 1919 T213 Coupon Cigarettes Type 3 Christy Mathewson PSA 8 NM/MT closing out at $8,986, a rare 1930 Baguer Chocolate Babe Ruth PSA 7 NM that sold for $9,219, 1933 Goudey #149 Babe Ruth SGC 7 NM selling for $19,728, 1934 Goudey #61 Lou Gehrig SGC 88 NM/MT 8 bringing in $12,806, 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle PSA 6.5 EX/MT+ settling at $31,624, 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle PSA 8 NM/MT that tallied $11,272, 1960 Topps #200 Willie Mays PSA 9 MINT that sold for $9,314, 1967 Topps #581 Tom Seaver PSA 9 MINT that sold for $7,686, 1973 O-Pee-Chee #615 Mike Schmidt PSA 10 GEM MINT that received plenty of action and sold for $9,866, 1933 Sport Kings #35 Knute Rockne SGC 96 MINT 9 that earned $9,537 and 1958 Topps #62 Jimmy Brown SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5 that brought down $18,485. New price records were set all across the board with a 1922 W575-2/1924 Knight Motors Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb Uncut Panel at $13,350, 1923 Maple Crispette #8 Babe Ruth PSA 4.5 VG/EX+ with sale of $6,144, 1966 Topps #1 Willie Mays PSA 9 MINT at $8,179, a 1990 Topps #414 Frank Thomas NNOF PSA 9 MINT that more than doubled the previous record by selling for $20,479, 1933 Goudey #228 Tony Piet PSA 8 NM/MT that blew away the previous high sale at $5,747,1933 Goudey #184 Charley Berry PSA 8 NM/MT setting a new high water mark at $3,565 and 1954 Topps #24 Metro Prystai PSA MINT 9 closing at $4,429. Also of note were five cards from the scarce 1961 Topps Dice Game test series, newly discovered and the only example known of each, that combined for a total of $28,338 and were led by the 1961 Topps Dice Game Bill Mazeroski SGC 2 GOOD at $6,996.
Top-notch sets and near sets were prominently featured in the March auction with the 1909-11 T206 Near Complete Set joined by a 1911 T205 Gold Border Partial Set (138/206) All PSA Graded that brought in $17,893, 1915 Cracker Jack Near Complete Set 110/176 Completely PSA Graded that sold for $45.583, 1962 Kahn’s Wieners Complete Set #1 on PSA Set Registry with 9.085 GPA that impressed at $7,696, 1951 Parkhurst Exceptionally High Grade Near Complete Set (96/105) with many PSA Graded selling for $17,604 and 1956 Topps Elvis Presley Complete Set #2 on PSA Set Registry With 9.076 Overall GPA selling for $10,492. A 1966 Topps Baseball Near-Complete Master Set (587/612) #8 on PSA Set Registry was broken up and brought in a cumulative total of $92,903.
Other incredibly rare items that were of particular interest to advanced bidders were an Absolutely Stunning High-Grade Babe Ruth Single-Signed Rare “Two-Star” 1943 OAL (Harridge) Ball PSA/DNA and JSA that was sold for $34,867, Amazing Roberto Clemente Signed Real Photo Postcard Dated July 1955 PSA/DNA that fetched $5,461 and a Fantastic 1963 The Beatles Signed Parlophone Records Promotional Postcard with All Four Members went to the high bidder at $5,920, with a tremendous selection of vintage and one of a kind original type I photographs that included a 1916 Chicago American Giants PSA/DNA Panoramic Photo Featuring Rube Foster, “Pop” Lloyd and Pete Hill that brought in $10,114, 1921-22 Santa Clara Leopardos PSA/DNA Type I Original Photograph Featuring Oscar Charleston and Alejandro Oms that went for $4,934, 1921 Babe Ruth PSA/DNA Type I Original Photograph by Paul Thompson that landed at $16,599, 1918 Fort Porter Baseball Team Panoramic Photograph Featuring Shoeless Joe Jackson and Lefty Williams that was heavily bid on and sold for $5,644 and a Fantastic 1946 Pre Rookie Era Jackie Robinson PSA/DNA Type I Original News Service Photograph bringing in $2,971.
Once again, we’d like to thank our fantastic consignors and the best bidders in the business for allowing us to bring you this truly memorable event. As magnificent as this auction was, the MHCC staff is working diligently for an even bigger and better June auction, and there’s still time to get your consignments in, so if you desire the maximum possible return for your prized sports cards and/or memorabilia, please call our office at (303) 840-2784 to speak with one of MHCC’s team of experts or visit www.milehighcardco.com.