T205 Cy Young Tops Six Figures in Auction

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The value of some old baseball cards isn’t showing signs of stress despite the tough economy.

A T205 Cy Young, graded PSA 8.5, topped the bidding in Mile High Card Company’s Fall Internet auction.

The card generated 22 bids and sold for $105, 242 which includes the buyer’s premium. PSA’s recently-implemented half-point grading scale change clearly had an impact on the selling price of the card.

Early Babe Ruth baseball cards usually draw a crowd of interested bidders and they flocked to a 1916 M101-5 Sporting News Ruth card graded PSA 7. it sold for $89,104.

In all, over 1500 lots of sports cards and memorabilia were sold, but the focus was again heavy on the vintage cards side.

A 1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson card, graded SGC 80, brought $50,954 while a 1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinets Jackson sold for $30,481.

Several vintage Mickey Mantle cards were sold including a 1952 Topps SGC 84 ($30,481).

Mile High also offered several vintage football and baseball card sets. Topping the bidding was a 1952 Bowman Large football set, #2 on PSA’s Set Registry. All but a few cards were graded PSA 8 or better and the winner’s check will be written for $79,068. Meanwhile, a 1964 Topps football set, #1 on the Registry, brought $38,236.

A complete set of E93 American Caramel (#2 ranked) sold for $54,003 while a near set of 1912 T207 tobacco cards brought $37,941.

Other highlights included:

  • 1962 Topps first series unopened cello box $38,236
  • 1956 Topps baseball set (all PSA 8) $35,708
  • Single-signed Babe Ruth autographed baseball (PSA/DNA 7) $32,683
  • 1971 Topps baseball set (all PSA 8) $32,683
  • 1955 Ted Williams game-used bat (GU 10 grade) $30,484
  • 1976 Topps Walter Payton rookie (BVG 10) $10,798