Coinciding with this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Mile High Card Company’s Summer Auction launched Thursday with some ultra-high grade vintage card sets up for grabs.
The auction, while smaller in lot size compared to traditional MHCC events, offers an array of high-profile cards, memorabilia and sets from all sports. The auction is separated into two sessions that close on consecutive nights, August 13 and 14 with the latter session dominated by the Todd Hester collection of vintage cards.
Many of the sets being offered in the auction are ranked among the best known in the hobby. Among the marquee items in the sale is a scarce 1933 George C. Miller complete PSA graded set, one that ranks among the leaders on the PSA Set Registry.
"We’re particularly proud of the quality, in all facets of collecting, that this auction offers,” said MHCC founder and CEO Brian Drent. “A special thanks to Todd Hester for allowing us to present his extensive collection. Assembled over a span of 30 years, being given the opportunity to work with him has been an absolute privilege.”
The list of sets includes: a 1948 Bowman Football Complete Set Ranked #2 on the PSA Set Registry, a 1948 Bowman Baseball set rated #9 Current Finest with a 7.842 GPA, a 1949 Bowman Pacific Coast League set ranked as the #2 Current Finest, a 1991 Topps Desert Shield near set which rates #9 and a rare 1948 Leaf Football set ranked #3 with a 7.44 GPA.
The Hester collection features more than 275 complete sets in all sports in solid mid to upper-grade condition including several scarce test issues and subsets. The collection includes graded 1952 Topps,1968 Topps 3-D and 1973 Topps Comic sets, which will be broken up and offered individually or in groups.
For memorabilia and autograph enthusiasts, the auction offers a late 1940's Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees game-used road flannel jersey with LOA from legendary collector Dick Dobbins, a 1939 Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Class Cooperstown Signed First Day Cover Featuring Ruth, Cobb, Young, Speaker, Johnson and others with additional envelopes and letters to players, an early career Roberto Clemente single-signed National League baseball graded PSA/DNA 9 mint, a photo believed to show the 1880 Boston Red Caps (Beaneaters), a large Chickering Cabinet featuring Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke and a 1994-95 Derek Jeter Arizona Fall League game used pro model Louisville Slugger bat auction officials believe could be among the earliest Jeter game-used bats ever offered.
The auction also sees the return of game-used jerseys, with dozens of baseball and football gamers dating back to the 1940s in addition to the DiMaggio flannel.
MHCC auctions always include high-profile single cards and this event is no exception. In addition to an ultra-scarce 1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank PSA Authentic, some other key cards up for bid include 1911 T205 Christy Mathewson NM 7, 1932 U.S. Caramel #26 Lou Gehrig NM/MT 8, 1932 U.S. Caramel #27 Lefty Grove PSA 8 NM/MT, 1933 Delong #7 Lou Gehrig NM 7, 1939 Play Ball #26 Joe DiMaggio PSA 8.5 NM/MT+, 1948 Leaf #1 Joe DiMaggio PSA 8 NM/MT, 1948 Leaf #76 Ted Williams NM/MT+ 8.5, 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 5 EX, 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle PSA 8 NM/MT, 1954 Dan-Dee Potato Chips #82 Mickey Mantle PSA 8 NM/MT, 1951 Parkhurst #66 Gordie Howe PSA 8 NM/MT and a 1966-67 Topps USA Test #35 Bobby Orr NM/MT 8.
Three particularly intriguing items for collectors of factory packaged and unopened material are a 1960 Topps Baseball third series vending box, a high-grade 1986-87 Fleer Basketball wax box and a rare 1992 Action Packed 24K MINT Edition box.
Bidding is available at www.milehighcardco.com or by phone at 303-840-2784. Many of the items in the auction will be available for review at the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland where MHCC will be accepting consignments for its Fall auction. Collectors can stop by booth 225 and 229 to drop off any consignment items or pick up a catalog for the auction currently running.