The smoking hot market for high-end memorabilia and trading cards continued late Saturday night when Heritage Auctions sold a 1964 Mickey Mantle road jersey for $1.32 million, a record price for any Mantle jersey.
Last year, Heritage sold a signed 1968 Mantle road jersey for $486,000 and a 1954 road flannel for $432,000.
Matched to Mantle’s last two World Series home runs in October of 1964 and graded 9 by MEARS, the 1964 jersey was worn again during the 1965 season. It was among the featured displays at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.
A PSA 8.5 1952 Topps Mantle card, part of a remarkably well-preserved childhood collection uncovered this spring, soared to $810,000 in the auction, which was Part 1 of the two-night Heritage Platinum Auction of top level sports cards and memorabilia. Part 2 was scheduled to close Sunday evening.
Several other items broached the six-figure mark Saturday night including a rare 1916 Indianapolis Brewing Babe Ruth rookie card graded PSA 4 which landed at $264,000, Ruth’s signed 1930-31 Yankees contract, which ended at $243,600 and the baseball he signed and ascribed to the 48th of his 60 home runs in 1927 which sold for $192,000.
Three scarce 1914 Boston Garter cards were popular with bidders. An SGC 50 Ty Cobb went for $204,000 while a PSA 5 Christy Mathewson brought $144,000 and an SGC 30 Walter Johnson was purchased for $72,000.
Other sales included:
- 1922 Babe Ruth signed bat $180,000
- Complete run of Super Bowl tickets ranked #1 on PSA’s Set Registry $168,000
- T206 Christy Mathewson portrait PSA 8.5 $114,000
- 1952 Ted Williams Red Sox road jersey $90,000
- Brooks Robinson’s 1964 American League MVP award $90,000
- 1948 Leaf Babe Ruth PSA 9 $84,000
- Circa 1918 Charles Conlon photo of Ruth PSA Type 1 $78,000
- T206 Eddie Plank SGC 40 $75,429