A near set of collecting's most popular pre-War issue has sold for over $95,000 while Christy Mathewson's rookie year signed contract also drew interest from advanced collectors with deep pockets.
It takes a lot of time to put together a group of over 400 1909-1911 T206 tobacco cards, but not long at all to find buyers anxious to take them off your hands.
A group of 404 cards from the exceptionally popular set topped bidding in Memory Lane's final auction of 2007. The sale closed early Sunday morning with high grade vintage cards again pacing the way. Final total take for MLI was $2.09 million.
The T206 group, primarily mid-grade cards ranging from PSA 4-6 and representing over 77% of the vintage baseball card set drew 57 bids for the Tustin, California-based auction house. The winning bid was $81,500. With the company's 17.5% buyer's premium tacked on, the final sales price was $95,762.
The heavily publicized 1903 E107 Breisch Williams Cy Young rookie card, graded PSA 5 had 27 bids and sold for $74,025 including the premium. The Young card is excpetionally rare, with PSA having graded only two.
The player's contract signed by Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson as he began his rookie season of 1900 wound up garnering 33 bids and selling for a realized price of $74,025.
Among the other items selling for over $25,000 was a T201 1911 Mecca Double Folder set, all graded, which sold for $33,487. A completely graded 1963 Topps set of 576 cards, primarily PSA 8 in quality, stopped at $29,375, a PSA 9 1954 Dan Dee Potato Chips Mickey Mantle will cost the winner $28,200 while a 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie card graded 9 by Global Authentication Incorporated found a new home at $25,850. A W600 Sporting Life Mathewson graded PSA 5 sold for $24,034.
Other highlights from the sale included:
- 1952 Topps Andy Pafko black back variation PSA 7 $19,519
- 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card PSA 9 $17,292
- 1921-31 Babe Ruth Louisville Slugger bat $16,117
- 1961 Morrell Meats Sandy Koufax PSA 8 $14,038
- 1979-80 OPC Wayne Gretzky rookie GAI 10 $11,448
Complete results from Memory Lane vintage sports auction