The only 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig card graded gem mint 10 by PSA and a 1952 Topps Andy Pafko are drawing intense interest in a major sports card auction.
The vintage baseball card market shows no sign of slowing down.
17 bids have been placed thus far on the PSA 10 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #92 being offered by Memory Lane Inc with bidding expected to topple the $100,000 mark shortly. The card, which owns the designation as the only PSA 10 in existence, came from the legendary collection of Charles Merkel and currently stands at $98,000 with the auction set to close Saturday night.
Another sought-after card from the ’33 Goudey set is the Nap Lajoie. Memory Lane has a PSA 6 version in the sale which has a current high bid of over $24,000. The last reported sale of a PSA 6 came last December at over $37,000. A PSA 9 sold for over $106,000 in April.
Post-War card fans are also circling the 1952 Topps Andy Pafko offered in the same sale. The black-backed variation sits at over $45,000 and has already generated 33 bids for the Tustin, California-based auction house.
High grade vintage cards expected to bring major money also include a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card graded SGC 88 ($17,980 as of Friday morning, and a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie graded PSA 9 ($18,717). An uncut sheet of 1969 Topps cards featuring a rare white-lettered Mickey Mantle variation card, has reached the $5,000 minimum.
The bat used by Hank Aaron to hit his 704th career home run stands at a little over $7,000 heading into the final hours. The cast worn by Michael Jordan from his injury-plagued second season wins the "conversation piece" award. There were no takers thus far on a $5,000 minimum bid heading into the weekend.
One way to acquire authentic autographs is via a payroll check and Memory Lane has two –one payable to Lou Gehrig and another to Babe Ruth. The Gehrig currently outpaces the Ruth $15,000 to $13,000.