A virtually perfect set of 1968 Topps baseball cards was king of Mile High Card Company’s latest major catalog sale. Featuring 572 of the 598 cards graded PSA 10, the set sold for over $1.4 million.
The cards in the set were offered both individually and as a complete offering and this time, the top bid for the set was more than the total bids for the single cards, which meant the set will stay intact—at least until the winning bidder decides what to do with it.
Mile High called the PSA Hall of Fame set’s 9.94 GPA “mind boggling.”
Also sold was a 1960 Topps baseball set with each card rated PSA 8 or better that netted $91,876. There was a high-grade partial set of 1952 Topps (333/407) that brought in $29,272, a 1967 set with each card graded PSA 8 that finished at $58,417, a 1964 Topps set made from vending boxes with 240 PSA graded cards that went for $25,865, a complete PSA 8 set of 1969-70 Topps basketball that raked in $52,505 and a 1955 Topps All American football set with all but one of the 100 cards graded 8 that sold for $29,497.
A large selection of high-grade 1952 high-numbered cards was featured in the auction, including a Mickey Mantle PSA 5.5 EX+ that sold for a hefty $161,599, a Willie Mays PSA 8 ($160,759) a PSA 8 Jackie Robinson ($145,812) and an SGC 7 Eddie Mathews rookie ($39,230).
Other key cards in the April auction included a 1949 Bowman Satchel Paige PSA 9 rookie card that soared to $216,563, a 1933 Goudey #53 Babe Ruth GAI 8.5 at $61,338, a 1933 Sport Kings Baseball #1 Ty Cobb PSA 8 that took in a record price of $44,685, a 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle PSA 6 rookie that earned $34,714, a 1961 Topps Mantle PSA 9 that netted $32,523 and a 1954 Red Heart Mantle PSA 9 hauling in $19,489.
Collectors of later vintage jumped on a 1978 Topps Eddie Murray rookie card that went for $41,166 and a Paul Molitor/Alan Trammell rookie PSA 10 that climbed to $28,800.
The top selling vintage football card was a 1950 Bowman #45 Otto Graham PSA 9 that changed hands for $126,471.
“The hobby remains strong, especially for some of the most stellar examples that were featured in this auction,” remarked MHCC CEO and President Brian Drent.
The catalog also included a large selection of unopened material. Among the top sellers there was a 1957-58 Topps basketball 5-cent wax pack graded PSA 7 that went for a whopping $130,744, obliterating a previous sale price of $36,000 for a GAI 6.5 example of one of the rarest Topps packs of all. A 1977 Topps baseball vending case closed at $27,198 while a 1980 case netted $21,308.
Memorabilia in the sale included a dual signed Babe Rut/Lou Gehrig baseball graded PSA/DNA 8 with additional authentication from JSA. The ball sold for $59,877.
Complete results can be found here.