It’s apparently shaping up to be the Year of the Garter.
They were advertising signs, really. Something to catch the eye of the guy who was in the market for something to hold up his socks.
From 1912-1914, Boston Garter produced a series of oversized cards featuring big league stars of the time. Not many survived, obviously, and now they are some of the most rare and highly sought after vintage cards around.
Not long after a 1914 Joe Jackson Boston Garter sold for $86,976 in a Mile High Card Company sale, a Walter Johnson (SGC 2) has sold in a Goodwin & Company auction for $55,324 including the buyer’s premium.
The auction, which closed March 7, brought a total of $1.36 million in sales–primarily through the sale of high grade and hard to find older material.
A 1910 Tip Top Bread Honus Wagner graded SGC 50, sold for $44, 711 while a 1962 Bazooka Sandy Koufax graded PSA 9, brought $25,556. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards usually draw a crowd, even in middle or low grade. A PSA 5 copy sold in the Goodwin auction for $17, 003. Bidding on a stunning 1961 Topps Roberto Clemente, graded PSA 10, ended with the winner paying a total of $12,773.
Complete results can be found at GoodwinandCo.com.
1914 Joe Jackson Boston Garter sold for $86,976
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