Vintage Koufax, Mays Cards Pace Auction

1968 Topps Willie Mays PSA 10 Stock market troubles be damned; vintage baseball cards still draw plenty of interested collectors.

Not everyone has lost their shirt in the stock market. Either that or more of us need our old baseball cards more than ever.

Another late-season sports card and memorabilia auction closed early Thursday morning with some four and five-figure prices attained. While outrageous bids seem to be a thing of the past, there is still stiff competition being waged for everything from low population commons to Hall of Famers.

Leading the way in the sale conducted by Andy Madec was a 1957 Topps Sandy Koufax graded PSA 9. The card, one of seven ever to attain PSA’s mint designation, brought a winning bid of $18,055 including the buyer’s premium. As the population of mint Koufax cards has increased, prices have dropped. In fact, Madec sold a ’57 Mantle PSA 9 for $78,086 in October of 2006. The last ’57 Koufax 9 sold at auction went for $21,256.

A 1968 Topps Willie Mays graded PSA 10 drew 15 bids and sold for $10,568. The card is one of only two ever to attain the gem mint certification from PSA.

A run of high grade Nolan Ryan cards was sold in the auction with a 1968 Topps rookie card selling for $6346 and a 1971 Topps Ryan bringing $5701. Both were graded PSA 9.

Several vintage unopened packs were sold including

  • 1959 Topps Series 3 GAI 7 $743
  • 1964 Topps GAI 7 $548
  • 1965 Topps Series 6 GAI 7.5 $498
  • 1962 Topps Series 1 GAI 7 $498
  • 1960 Topps GAI 8 $460
  • 1963 Topps 1st Series GAI 8 $373
  • 1972 Topps football high series GAI 9 $276

A 1952 Berk Ross Mickey Mantle card graded SGC 88 was purchased for $9031, a 1955 Topps Yogi Berra graded PSA 9 brought $7216, a price nearly $3,000 higher than one sold two years ago. A 1955 Topps Ed Lopat PSA 9 1/1 sold for $6700 and a 1959 Topps #536 Dan Kravitz graded PSA 10, found a new home for $4158.

A complete set of 1964 Topps Giants, all graded PSA 9, sold for $5182.

Highlighting the other vintage sports card sales was a 1979-80 Topps Wayne Gretzky rookie card, graded PSA 9. It sold for $4767 after attracting 17 bids.

Complete auction results