High-grade baseball sets and singles were up for grabs in Heritage Auctions' latest Signature event but it was a hockey card set that topped bidding in the card portion of the two-day event.
The trading card portion of the auction ended early Friday morning. A large grouping of memorabilia was sold later in the day via a live auction format with bidders able to participate in person, by telephone, or online. In that portion of the sale, a game-worn Bobby Orr rookie jersey sold for $191,200.
Heritage offered one of the sports card hobby's most rare and sought after cards when bidding got underway. A few serious collectors chased the T206 Eddie Plank (PSA 3) to $64,725 before the cyber hammer fell. The Plank is one of just 56 that reside in PSA holders. The card's sale providing proof that cigarette baseball cards are still held in high regard.
A 1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson, graded PSA 8, sold for $41, 825.
A group of baseball sets showed the continuing strength of the vintage card market. The second ranked 1960 Topps set on PSA's registry, with an overall grade of 8.51, sold for $55, 091. A 1959 set, ranked 7th, sold for $50,787 while the third-ranked 1958 set brought the same price. Two sets rated 13th best brought over $40,000 each--the 1955 Topps and 1957 Topps set went for $47,800 and $41,825 respectively.
A Mickey Mantle Yankee jersey, worn late in his career, stopped at $47,800 in its first trip to the auction block.
Among the autographed items sold were a 1940 Babe Ruth single-signed ball ($20,315) and a double-signed Oscar Charleston check ($35,850).