Each of the company’s recent auctions have included cards from the 1950s Esskay Meats Orioles sets.
Last year, sixteen individual lots of Esskay cards sold for a combined $78,607. This time, a 1955 Esskay Bob Kuzava paced the bidding. The card drew a small group of aggressive bidders before closing at $28,200 including the buyer’s premium.
A unique 1954 Esskay Dick Kokos card–with a back that featured a Briggs Mickey Mantle image–brought $23,500. The Esskay and Briggs meat boxes were apparently printed by the same company, leading to the rare “variation” back.
A pristine Roger Maris autographed ball went for $4406. Several high-grade baseball card sets were offered including a 1968 Topps set with 141 graded cards, most in the 7-9 range. It brought $7050.