Collectors again found some expensive treats to chase in the latest Mastro Auction.
It's not absolutely necessary to have a big bankroll to participate in a major sports memorabilia auction, but it helps.
Five and six figure realized prices were once again in abundance as Mastro Auctions snuck in a sale before the Labor Day holiday, much of the loot being spent on some spectacular high grade vintage baseball cards.
The #4 rated 1915 Cracker Jack baseball card set on the PSA Grading Set Registry will be broken up and sold individually after the combined individual card bids outpaced the bidding for the complete set. The high grade set's top bid totalled $262,701 as a group but Mastro also accepted individual card bids and those came in just a bit higher, forcing the breakup. Thus, a PSA 8 graded Ty Cobb sold for $39,542 including a 20% buyer's premium while a PSA 7 Joe Jackson went for a relative bargain at $19,468.
Six lots sold for $75,00 or more including a lot of 450 different 19th century Old Judge cigarette cards which drew a top bid of $201, 219 with the buyer's premium. A high grade 1949 Bowman baseball set, featuring 118 SGC-graded cards drew 26 bids and sold for $118,959 while a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card, graded PSA 9, went for $93,206, significantly less than the $160,000 paid for Lionel Carter's SGC 96 graded copy Mastro sold in April. Mastro also sold a high grade '51 Bowman set, minus the Mantle at $61,349.
One consignor should be happy with the sale of his 1964 Topps Giants Sandy Koufax card. A grader's decision to place it in a PSA 10 holder meant a windfall. As the onlycard to reach that level, this Koufax brought a staggering $32,891 against a $300 opening minimum bid.
A 1964 Topps Stand-Ups box of 120 unopened packs, supposedly found at a garage sale several months ago, was plucked from eBay by Mastro, graded and sold for $35,864.
The second Jimmie Foxx autographed baseball to be sold at auction in the last three weeks, this one game-used, brought $38,558.
Other highlights from the sale, which was completed early Saturday morning included:
- Graded T206 set minus the 4 scarce cards $90,648
- T3 Turkey Red graded set of 100 plus variation $88,768
- Graded 1933 Goudey set $69,253
- 1933 Lloyd Waner game-worn road jersey $37,658
- 1956-57 Wilt Chamberlain University of Kansas jersey $33,449
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