Razor Sharp Vintage Sports Cards Highlight New Catalog Sale

An impressive collection of ultra high grade and rare cards and autographs will hit the market when Memory Lane launches its latest I Own it Now catalog on June 3.

The unique, quarterly event by the southern California-based sports memorabilia auction house puts high-end sports cards and collectibles into play on a first-come, first-served basis.  Potential buyers have the opportunity to buy items consigned to the sale at the listed price or take a chance on waiting two weeks in hopes of buying at a lower price through an offer submitted to the seller.  Unlike an auction format, there are no buyer’s fees associated with the I Own it Now event.

PSA 10 1956 Topps Mickey MantleNew to market and highlighting the current offerings is a PSA 10 (gem mint) 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle.  The card, representing the first of Mantle’s three MVP seasons and the year he won the coveted Triple Crown, features sharp corners, excellent centering and bright gloss.  It’s being offered at $130,000.

“This is simply one of the best cards ever to come out of a pack,” said Memory Lane’s J.P. Cohen.  “It’s almost a time capsule back to 1956 when Mantle was at the absolute top of his game and every kid wanted his card. To see one of this quality is really amazing. It would be the centerpiece of any vintage card collection.”

The 1952 Topps Mantle remains a hobby icon and one of the better cards ever offered will also be in the catalog.  A PSA 8 is offered at $85,000.

SGC 96 1951 Bowman Willie MaysYou can’t say Mantle without mentioning Mays and the sale will also include a 1951 Bowman Willie Mays rookie card graded mint.  It’s priced at $75,000.   Other post-War baseball cards highlighting the sale include a 1948 Leaf Satchel Paige graded PSA 7 ($34,995) and a 1948 Bowman Yogi Berra rookie card, graded PSA 9 ($18,500).

BGS 10 Michael JordanThe first-ever BGS 10 (pristine) Michael Jordan 1986-87 Fleer rookie card has been placed in the catalog.  Subgrades for centering, corners and edges all check in at the ‘10’ level.  The card has become quite famous in the modern rookie card market, having been featured in various articles online and in print.  The Jordan rookie card will be presented at $100,000.

The player who launched ‘superstardom’ in basketball is George Mikan.  A mint, graded 1-1 copy of his rookie card will share the basketball spotlight with Jordan ($47,000).

For hockey card collectors, the 1966-67 Topps Bobby Orr rookie is among the modern era holy grails.  Memory Lane will offer a mint, graded Orr rookie at $48,995.

“Vintage rookie cards in high grade are still the backbone of the high-end card market,” said Cohen.  “Our ‘I Own it Now’ lineup is very strong and I expect some of those that we’re offering will be sold quickly.”

Bobby Jones 1932 US CaramelA number of pre-War cards have been consigned including not one, but two 1914 Cracker Jack Joe Christy Mathewson cards; a PSA 4 ($49,995) and a PSA 1 ($6995), a 1909-1911 E90-1 Joe Jackson rookie card (VG $19,995) and a 1-1 1895 Mayo’s Cap Anson PSA 7 ($32,500).  Golf card collectors and those putting together a collection of high-grade vintage rarities across all sports will get a chance to chase a 1932 U.S. Caramel Bobby Jones in mint shape at $75,000 as well as a 1933 Sport King Jones ($59,995).

Several high quality vintage sports card sets, some ranked among the best in existence, will be available including the fourth-rated 1948 Bowman football set with a GPA of 7.98 ($57,000) and the second-ranked 1962 Fleer football set ranked at 8.744 ($19,995).

Numerous Babe Ruth cards and memorabilia have made their way into the catalog.  A 1933 Sport Kings Ruth, graded PSA 8 with just three ranked higher ($29,995) highlights the selection. There is a signed Ruth baseball as well as autographs from Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and other luminaries.

Memory Lane is known for offering rare, vintage wax packs in its catalogs and two more will be featured in the I Own it Now sale:  a 1952 Topps pack (PSA 6) offered at $13,500 and a 1954 Topps baseball pack.

Fans of motorsports and Michael Jordan will see one of the sale’s most unique items; a Yamaha Y2F-R1 ridden by Montez Stewart in 2004.  The bike was created for Jordan’s MJ Motorsports.  The bike is offered at $49,995 and includes a pit crew fan experience at a 2011 race event and, if desired, Jordan’s autograph on the frame.

The catalog goes live June 3 with several dozen lots available for immediate sale.  On June 17, offers will be entertained for unsold items.  The I Own it Now catalog closes June 24.

The catalog will soon be available for viewing online at MemoryLaneInc.com.   Registration will be taken online or via phone at 714-730-0600.perfect masterpiece. Mantle’s classic portrait and fi g images are perfectly registered,


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