Someone wanted a Willie Mays rookie card really bad. A pristine ’51 Bowman card of the Sey Hey Kid highlighted Memory Lane’s spring auction. The PSA 9 graded card generated 57 bids and a final price of $79,500. With the company’s 17.5% buyer’s premium, the final price was $93,412. It’s believed to be a record for the card in that grade.
For comparison, most PSA 8 Mays rookie cards sold in the last several months, went for between $8,000 and $10,000.
You can buy a lower end Mays rookie card for much less (click here to see them on eBay).
A PSA 10 1949 Bowman Duke Snider took runner-up honors with a $49,000 winning bid that realized a total of $57,575 and 65 bids.
Fitting that on the weekend baseball honored the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s entrance into the majors that a mint Robinson card from the 1955 Topps issue reach a phenomenal price of $44,317 (with BP). The Robinson card drew 49 bids for Memory Lane.
Other highlights from the sale included:
- 1969-70 Topps basketball 24-pack wax box (all packs graded) $37,600
- 1933 DeLong Lou Gehrig PSA 8 $38,775
- 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 7 $30,550
- 1934 Tour of Japan baseball autographed by Babe Ruth & others $17,875