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Mantle Collection, High Grade HOFers Part of Auction

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A near mint run of Mickey Mantle cards is joining some other rarities in Memory Lane’s final auction of 2008.

One of the highest quality Mickey Mantle baseball card collections in existence will be broken up when the Bruce Griggs Collection hits the auction market next month.

The Griggs collection features a perfect run of PSA 8 graded Mantle cards from his rookie year of 1951 Bowman to his two 1969 Topps variations–white and yellow letters. The group stands among the leaders on the PSA Set Registry’s Basic Mickey Mantle Collection rankings. The Mantle run is among hundreds of vintage sports cards and memorabilia that will be part of Memory Lane Inc.’s Winter Extravaganza Rarities auction, set to begin November 21.

Among the other cards to be included in the auction is a rare 1909-1911 T206 Piedmont Sherry Magie error card, graded SGC 40. Considered one of the ‘Big Four’ rarities in the T206 set, the Magie card is on the want list of virtually every T206 collector.

MLI will also have a W600 Sporting Life Eddie Plank graded PSA 5, an M116 Sporting Life Walter Johnson cabinet, graded PSA 9, a 1915 Cracker Jack #68 Honus Wagner card, rated PSA 8, a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144 (PSA 8) and a 1934 Goudey #1 Jimmie Foxx (PSA 8). The Winter Rarities auction will include perhaps the ultimate Hall of Fame rookie card, when an SGC 96 1954 Topps Hank Aaron hits the block.

MLI’s last auction in September generated over $2.75 million for the Tustin, California-based company including $218,549 for a 1910 Honus Wagner E93 Caramel Card. It’s upcoming auction will close December 13 with catalogs expected to arrive in the mail soon.


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