The 'holy grail of caramel cards' leads a parade of high grade vintage baseball cards to the finish line in Memory Lane's latest catalog sale.
The letters and numbers are different but a 1910-era Honus Wagner card brought some T206-like numbers when Memory Lane's Hot Summer Classic Rarities auction came to a close early Sunday morning.
The 1910 E93 Standard Caramel Wagner offered by the company in astonishing PSA 9 (mint) grade, brought a high bid of $186,000. With the 17.5% buyer's premium added, the realized price was $218,549.99. The card had been part of a recent discovery of similar high grade issues. The E93 set is one of the most popular pre-War vintage baseball card issues, with eighteen Hall of Famers dotting the set.
Memory Lane's total take for the auction stretched over $2.75 million, similar to the figure reached in the company's last sale, just four months earlier.
Two other cards sold for over $80,000: A 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle rookie card graded SGC 96 (mint) brought $88,125 including the buyer's premium while an 1887 Four Base Hits James Mutrie in PSA 5 condition sold for $83,092. Two other 19th century cards brought impressive winning bids; an 1886 N167 Old Judge Roger Conner (PSA 3) went for $28,724 while an 1887 N370 Lone Jack Charles Comiskey (PSA 4) sold for $22,849.
In addition to the '51 Bowman Mantle, Memory Lane offered several key early 1950s high grade cards. A 1952 Topps Pee Wee Reese (#333) graded PSA 10, started a bidding war that ended at $53,462 as PSA Set Registry members chased a rare opportunity to add a '10' to their collection. PSA's recent decision to add half-grades to its lineup paid off when a 1953 Topps Willie Mays graded 8.5 sold for $30,526. One of only two 1952 Bowman 'large' football #144 Jim Lansford cards graded PSA 9 sold for $25,517.
The world's finest 1978 Topps baseball set, including 537 PSA 10s, ranked #1 of all-time on the PSA registry, sold for $24,929.
Among the memorabilia sold by Memory Lane was a 1936 Monte Pearson World Series ring. Pearson was a key player in what would become the first of four Yankee titles in the Gehrig-DiMaggio era, winning game four of the series against the New York Giants. The ring brought a final price of $31,979. A 1973 Hank Aaron signed road jersey graded A10 by MEARS, sold for $24,342.
Other sales included:
- 1961 Topps Roberto Clemente PSA 10 $25,092
- 1962 Topps Sandy Koufax PSA 9 $24,651
- Single-signed Babe Ruth baseball $23,167
- 1911-14 Brunners Bread Cy Young (SGC 80) $21,992
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