Mile High Card Company has already revealed the marquee attraction in its upcoming auction. Just ahead of next week’s launch, they’re now pulling back the curtain on some of the other items that will be part of the catalog.
The near mint copy of the 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth will be joined by some vintage and modern icons, some of the hobby’s top registry sets, some modern era unopened material and historic memorabilia when bidding opens next week.
The auction will feature two notable cards of the modern era: a 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil Derek Jeter graded PSA 10 and a 2017 National Treasures Holo Silver Patrick Mahomes Rookie Patch Autograph (#20/25) rated 9 by BGS with a 10 autograph grade. Other modern cards that will be up for grabs include a 200-01 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Kobe Bryant/Michael Jordan/Magic Johnson (#5/25), a 2007 Upper Deck Premier Trios autograph card of Jordan, Johnson and LeBron James (PSA 8.5) and a 2019-20 Panini Spectra Nebula Zion Williamson 1/1 graded BGS 9.5.
The Ruth card is the premier attraction on the vintage side and could take its place among the top ten highest priced sports cards when the auction wraps up next month.
“I can’t tell you one way or the other how it will turn out, but value aside, I’d rather have this Ruth rookie card over several of the cards on that list,” stated MHCC President Brian Drent. The card is expected to sell for a seven figure price.
The Babe will be joined by a pair of 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards (PSA 3 and PSA 2), a 1948-49 Leaf Jackie Robinson rookie (PSA 5), a 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie (PSA 6), a 1951 Bowman Willie Mays rookie (PSA 6.5), a 1956 Topps Mantle Gray Back (PSA 8.5), a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie (PSA 8), a 1950-51 Toleteros Josh Gibson (PSA 4), 1961-62 Fleer rookie cards of Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson rookie (both PSA 8) and a 1926 Lambert & Butler Who’s Who in Sport Bobby Jones (PSA 9).
The tenth best 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders set will be on the block along with the third best 1960 Topps football set, the 18th best 1971-72 Topps Hockey set, a 1986-87 Fleer basketball set with a PSA 8 Jordan rookie card, a rare 1971-72 Bazooka Hockey set along with 1941 Play Ball, 1953, ’55 and ’58 Topps and 1959 Fleer Ted Williams sets.
Memorabilia in the auction will include a ticket from Babe Ruth’s 346th career home run, a 1919 Joe Jackson Type 1 original photo, an autographed studio photo of Ruth, a baseball signed by a youth baseball team in Cincinnati that includes 14-year-old Ken Griffey Jr. and a ticket from Wayne Gretzky’s 1979 NHL debut.
Collectors of unopened material will find a 1989 Upper Deck low number case, a 1996-97 Bowman’s Best Basketball box and numerous other lots.
Bidding will be open from October 25 through November 11 at MileHighCardCo.com.