One of the Babe’s old weapons and Shoeless Joe’s old baseball cards generated some intense bidding in SCP Auctions’ latest sale.
A 1925-30 era Babe Ruth game model bat sold for $87,846 in SCP Auctions’ July catalog sale. The auction wrapped up late last week with over 600 lots purchased. The final bid was $73,205, but the winning bid includes SCP’s 20% buyer’s premium.
The Ruth bat, graded MEARS A9, led a group of vintage baseball cards and memorabilia that brought $30,000 and more.
Another vintage bat, a 1917-19 side-written Ty Cobb model, graded A9.5 by MEARS, sold for $31,949.
A number of rare baseball cards were sold including a few picturing the iconic Shoeless Joe Jackson. A scarce 1910 Old Mill Cigarettes Jackson card, graded PSA 2, led the way. The card generated 12 bids from well-financed collectors and sold for $85,594 including the buyer’s premium. A 1915 Cracker Jack Jackson, graded PSA 8, was purchased for $42,517.
A large version of the 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings trade card, graded Authentic by PSA, sold for $50,131. It was the latest in a small group of Peck & Snyder cards that hit the market this year after the discovery of one copy made national headlines.
The pack of early 20th century cards offered included a Ty Cobb T206 ‘bat off shoulder’ variation with a Brown Lenox back, graded SGC 40. The Cobb sold for $20, 714.
Baseball card grading can be heartbreak or elation. A grader’s judgment can have a huge impact on selling prices as was illustrated by the T206 Walter Johnson portrait card, two of which were offered by SCP. A PSA 8 copy sold for $20,714–nearly $15,000 more than the same card in a PSA 7 holder in the same auction.
A T206 Cy Young (bare hand shows), graded PSA 8, sold for $16,151.
Modern autograph collectors flocked to one of only 50 NBA "50 Greatest Players" lithographs produced for the league’s 50th anniversary celebration several years ago. The print, numbered 15 of 50, sold for $62,249.
The 1955 Stan Musial All-Star game-winning home run bat drew a following. The auction taking place at the same time of this year’s All-Star festivities in St. Louis probably didn’t hurt when the auction closed at $42,517.
Other highlights included:
- 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 9 (off center) $43,924
- 1989-90 Michael Jordan game-worn jersey $31,127
- 1960 Topps baseball set (all PSA 8 or better) $23,386
- 1952 Topps Pete Runnels PSA 9 $17,119
- 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth SGC 88 $13,669
- 1954 Dan Dee baseball set (PSA 8) $9905
- 1934 New York Yankees signed baseball $9005