Notebook: Auction Results, SGC’s Autograph Biz, Writer’s Post on State of Baseball Card Generates Discussion

A baseball signed by Babe Ruth and Al Capone closed with a final bid of $61,863 at Mile High Card Company’s January auction late last week. A few vintage baseball card Turkey Red baseball cardssets are what really got bidders’ attention. A 1911 Turkey Red (T-3) set was offered both complete and as individual cards. In the end, the cumulative bids of the singles outpaced the set and were sold one at a time, led by a PSA 6-graded Ty Cobb that sold for $25,273.

The #2 rated master set of 1911 M116 Sporting Life cards on PSA’s registry brought a remarkable $98,508 and a high grade near set of ’48 Leaf baseball sold for $22,922.

You can see complete results here.
Love of the Game Auctions concluded its second event over the weekend with the top bids coming in on an E90-1 Joe Jackson rookie card graded PSA 1.5 ($7,080) and the ‘holy grail’ of 20th century football cards, a 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski ($6,490).
SGC has recently developed a new autograph authentication division (SGC Authentic). The division will be headed by Mike Root (Director of Authentication/Senior Authenticator).  Root has owned and operated sports collectibles stores and was the  Director of Authentication and Lead Authenticator for James Spence Authentication for the past three years.

A lengthy blog post in generated some online talk over the weekend. In it, the writer laments the price of ordinary Topps baseball packs, her distaste for gimmicks and the loss of Topps’ decades old system of numbering its cards.

Read what ‘Cee Angi’ is thinking and see the comments here.