Memory Lane offers over 1,000 items in its upcoming catalog sale, including high grade vintage cards and the bat Hank Aaron used to hit career home run #704.
A 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig graded PSA 10 (gem mint), originating from the collection of well-known collector Charles Merkel, is on the block with the release of Memory Lane’s current auction catalog. The Gehrig is the only PSA 10 known in existence. Current bid on the card as of early Monday had already begun at $75,000. For comparison, a PSA 9 ’33 Goudey #92 was sold in November of 2006 via SCP Auctions and brought $34,417.
Joining the Gehrig in the Memory Lane sale is the highly sought #1 card in the popular 1952 Topps set, Andy Pafko, graded PSA 8 (NM-MT) and a 1934 Goudey Nap Lajoie graded PSA 6 which has already garnered a bid in excess of $20,000.
High grade Mickey Mantle cards are usually popular and Memory Lane is offering several beauties. A 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie card graded SGC 88 (nm-mt) heads the list, along with a PSA 9 1952 Bowman and a 1969 Topps Yellow letter in a PSA 9.
The auction offers over 1000+ card Lots covering every period and era, like an 1887 Allen & Ginter Timothy Keefe in a SGC 60 and three very rare 1904 & 1906 Fan Fare cards all graded PSA 10. Numerous high grade T205s, T206s, T201s, T202s are listed as well as a group of T3 Turkey Reds including Walter Johnson in a PSA 5 EX with a Turkey Red back.
Ty Cobb and Nap Lajoie went head-to-head for a few batting titles in their playing days and they’re matched up again in this sale with collectors of the M-116 Sporting Life set finding both a Cobb and a Lajoie, both in PSA 8 NM-MT. There is also a M101-4 Sporting News Shoeless Joe Jackson.
Rookie cards include Mays, Aaron, Ford, Frank Robinson and others as well as a 1957 Topps PSA 10 Warren Spahn.
Vintage football card collectors aren’t forgotten. Memory Lane has listed a large selection of 1935 National Chicle including Nagurski in a PSA 6 and Rockne in a PSA 8. Basketball collectors will find Wilt Chamberlain’s rookie 1961 Fleer in a PSA 9, a Topps Lew Alcindor Rookie in a PSA 9; and a Pete Maravich rookie in a PSA 9.
Rare autographs, balls, bats, and other signed memorabilia available includes two Yankee payroll checks; one for Babe Ruth, and one for Lou Gehrig. Both checks are signed by owner Jacob Ruppert and countersigned by GM Ed Barrow with each endorsed by the player on the back.
Hank Aaron’s 704th home run bat comes complete with the eyewitness provenance from the batboy to whom Aaron gave the bat . It’s authenticated and graded A9.5 by MEARS. Overall the Auction offers almost two dozen great signed and/or game used bats including a rare find, a Stan Musial game used bat authenticated by PSA/DNA.
There is a group of rare handwritten letters and artifacts offered including a Barry Bonds Major League scout evaluation card written when Bonds was 16 years old. The card includes a notation at the top reading: “Future Super Star.” Baseball pioneers A.G. Spalding and Alexander Cartwright are represented with hand-written letters.
Memory Lane has never offered as many single and team signed baseballs as in the upcoming sale Among the group of over 100 is a team signed ball from the first All-star game in 1933 signed by Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx and others. There is also a Lou Gehrig single signed ball and a 1956 AL All-Star team ball with Mantle on the sweet spot. To say the auction has ‘everything’ might be a stretch but how many have you seen with Michael Jordan’s signed cast from the 1985 season, removed after this broken foot healed?
The catalog includes 188 pages and is free upon registration at Memory Lane’s website. Memory Lane is already filling consignment slots for its November 27 auction.