One of the most extensive offerings of rare and high grade sports collectibles to be offered at public auction in quite some time gets underway next Monday. Mile High Card Company launches its fall auction with the top-rated 1914 Cracker Jack baseball set among the items set to be sold.
“As with all of our sales we are exceptionally pleased with the items being offered within the catalog,” said company president Brian Drent. “B ut I assure each one of our customers the depth and quality of the material being offered in this auction astounds even me. From the amazing 1914 Cracker Jack set to the scintillating condition of the 1933 Goudey set that will be broken up and offered as singles, it really is a tremendous auction that we are all very proud to be able to offer to all serious collectors.”
The 1914 Cracker Jack set is the #1 All Time Finest Set on the PSA Set Registry with a 6.59 GPA, a distinction is has held for the last nine years. The set is known throughout the hobby as one of the crown jewels in terms of card collecting; with its amazing player selection as well as bright bold graphics, the cards have long been looked upon by advanced collectors as a crowning achievement.
Many of the cards, difficult to find in high grade because of their age and paper-thin card stock, are the best in existence. Mile High will offer the set in two fashions: first, the set will be offered in its entirety and secondly the set will be broken up as individual cards with the highest aggregate bid determining the final sale format.
The #5 All Time Finest 1933 Goudey Set will also be offered. The set will be sold as individual lots and offers an amazing 7.98 overall GPA with each and every one of the cards graded NM/MT 8 or NM/MT+ 8.5 by PSA save for a mere seven commons. The rare #106 Nap Lajoie card, each of the four Babe Ruth cards and the Lou Gehrig cards are all graded NM/MT 8 and NM/MT+ 8.5.
Also coming to the auction block in this impressive 1600+ lot sale: an extremely high grade 1906 WG2 Fan Craze near complete set 50/54 completely PSA graded, an exceptionally rare 1911 T205 D. Hoblitzell No Stats variation graded EX/MT 6 by PSA (the highest graded example in the hobby), a high grade 1911 T205 Near Complete Master Set 214/218 that has been completely graded, an 1869 Peck and Snyder Red Stocking Advertising Trade card graded PSA Authentic, a 1915 Cracker Jack #57 Walter Johnson SGC MINT 96(9), a break up of a mid to high grade PSA graded 1932 US Caramel set, a 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle rookie card graded SGC NM/MT+ 92(8.5) , a 1952 Topps #311 Mantle PSA NM 7, a 1954 Dan Dee Mickey Mantle SGC MINT 96(9), a 1957 Topps #1 Ted Williams PSA MINT 9, an exceptionally strong example of the rare 1968 Topps 3D Test Roberto Clemente PSA MINT 9, as well as a scarce 1964 Topps “1963 Topps Rookie AS Banquet” Pete Rose PSA NM/MT 8 which is the only PSA 8 and highest graded.
Football, Basketball and Hockey lots include a 1935 National Chicle #1 Dutch Clark PSA NM/MT 8, a 1951 Bowman #20 Tom Landry rookie card that has been graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA, as well as a rare 1953 Bowman #96 William Cross PSA MINT 9, a rarely offered 1958 Topps #62 Jim Brown rookie that has been graded MINT 9 by PSA, a collection of 1955 Topps All Americans all graded MINT 9 by PSA including the Four Horseman, Rockne, Graham, Luckman and many more.
Vintage football collectors and Joe Namath fans will appreciate a 1966 Topps #96 Joe Namath graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA.
Hockey cards are always a big part of the MHCC auctions and this event is no different as it includes a tremendous selection of high grade cards highlighted by the following: a rare 1924 Champs Cigarettes King Clancy PSA NM/MT 8 which is a 1/1 and the highest graded example, as well a 1966 Topps #35 Bobby Orr PSA NM/MT 8. There is also a 1966 Topps USA Test #35 Bobby Orr PSA NM/MT+ 8.5 highest graded one of one comes to the auction block!
Although Mile High Card Company has built its reputation by offering high grade vintage sports cards but the auction also includes dozens of pieces of memorabilia highlighted by a 1955 Rookie Year “Momen” Clemente Game-Used Louisville Slugger that has been graded PSA GU9.
The auction also features a high grade Single Signed Babe Ruth (OAL-Harridge) Ball authenticated by JSA; also featured is a Babe Ruth signed photo to a former teammate that has been graded PSA/DNA 10, a 1927 photo of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Christy Walsh signed by all three from their barnstorming tour, authenticated by both PSA/DNA and JSA, and a 1942 ball signed by the entire cast of “Pride Of The Yankees” including Babe Ruth that is authenticated by PSA/DNA.
Mile High Card Company has expanded into the game-used jersey arena in its last few auctions and the current auction offers a 2001 St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols Rookie Year home jersey, a 1951 St. Louis Browns Al Widmar road flannel, a 2002 New York Yankees Derek Jeter Game-Used road jersey, a 1981 Oakland A’s Rickey Henderson full home uniform, a 1973 Oakland Raiders Ken Stabler jersey, a Denver Broncos John Elway jersey from early in his career, a 1970’s game-worn Pittsburgh Steelers Franco Harris helmet and more.
“ Without question , I believe this auction will be the finest offering of high grade cards in this fall auction season, and we are all exceptionally excited to be able to offer the material to the collecting community,” Drent said.
Enlarged images are available through links on the company’s website. Mile High will be alerting their customers with up-to-the-minute updates at Twitter.com/MileHighCard as well as on their Facebook page at: Mile High Card.
The auction opens November 1 and closes November 18.