The only PSA 10-graded 1967 Topps Rod Carew rookie card sold on the first day it was offered in Memory Lane's latest I Own it Now sale on Thursday. The record-setting price was $52,000 plus a 15% buyer's premium which pushed the realized price to $59.800.
The card was originally part of the Dmitri Young Collection which sold at auction last spring. The buyer who flipped it via MLI came away with a profit, even with whatever seller's fee was charged. He paid $40,388 just 13 months ago.
The Carew card was a double print in the 1967 Topps high number series, but remains fairly elusive in the highest grades. PSA has only awarded a '9' grade nine times. In all, over 1,700 Carew rookie cards have been graded so far. The average selling price of a 9 has been just over $4,300 in recent years. Of course, most 1967 Topps Rod Carew cards aren't worth nearly that much. Click here to see what those in various other grades, graded and 'raw' are selling for.
The I Own it Now event got off to a strong start. A 1953 Topps Willie Mays graded PSA 9 was also among more than two dozen cards sold in the first several hours after opening. It brought $34,500 including the buyer's premium. A PSA 9 '66 Topps Mays sold for $2,530.
Several 1960's Mickey Mantle cards graded mint 9 also flew out the door. A 1961 Topps sold for $4,600. A 1963 Topps brought $4,645, a '66 Topps was purchased for $4,887, a 1967 Topps went for $2,702 and a 1969 Topps, Mantle's last Topps card as a player, sold for $3,105.
A 1948 Leaf PSA 9 Pete Pihos (yellow jersey variation) graded 9 sold for $4, 594 and a Frank Tripucka (8.5) sold for $2,869.
More than 400 lots were offered at the start of the unique event and under the I Own it Now platform, they remain available for four days at fixed prices. Beginning Monday, July 1 at 3 PM EDT, any lots that aren’t sold will be open to offers from interested buyers.
Among the lots in the sale are numerous high grade vintage baseball, football, basketball and hockey cards as well as some classic non-sports cards and several pieces of high end sports memorabilia.
There are three different 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards, all graded PSA 8 (nm-mint), mint condition 1951 Bowman Willie Mays and Whitey Ford rookie cards, a 1948-49 Leaf Satchel Paige rookie card (near mint), a 1935 National Chicle Knute Rockne graded a sizzling mint 9, a pair of 1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio cards, a 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Ruth, a 1986-87 Fleer Basketball card set completely graded Gem Mint, a mint 1948 Bowman George Mikan, single cards in high grade from numerous sets including T201, T3, 1933 Goudey, a huge collection of higher grade 1934-36 Diamond Stars, a 1948 Leaf #1 Sid Luckman (yellow background) graded PSA 7 and Sammy Baugh (red jersey) graded 7.5, signed checks and cuts from Ruth, Walter Johnson and Ty Cobb, a mint condition 1955 Yankees team signed baseball and a higher end single-signed Roberto Clemente baseball and many more.
To register for the sale, purchase cards or make offers, visit MemoryLaneInc.com or call (1-877-606-5263).