A PSA 8 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card sold for $151,652 early Friday as Goodwin and Company closed out its ‘Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXI’ auction. Only 16 Mantle rookies have rated higher than an 8 on PSA’s Population Report.
The sale was the tenth of a PSA 8 Mantle rookie since the card first topped the $100,000 mark in February 2016. Goodwin sold an 8 for $207,142 in October but recent sales have been between $156,000 and $179,000.
The auction included cards from the recent Chicago-area find of 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack baseball cards. All graded and authenticated by Beckett, the new discovery consisted of a near complete set of the scarce 1914 issue. The top selling card was a Christy Mathewson rated BVG 3 which netted $50,062.
Other auction results included:
- 1952 Topps Mantle PSA 6.5 $94,163
- 1916 Famous & Barr Babe Ruth PSA 2 $94,163
- 1963 Topps Pete Rose PSA 9 $72,797
- 1916 M101-4 Babe Ruth blank back SGC Authentic $67,794
- 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan PSA 9 $32,533
- 1933 Uncle Jack’s Candy Babe Ruth with wrapper, gum and coupon PSA 2 $29,629
If he continues his historic season, you’ll soon find Aaron Judge’s top rookie cards selling at major auction houses. Most are currently confined to eBay where prices have been soaring.
A 2013 Bowman Chrome Judge autographed Orange Refractor was set to sell for a five-figure price on Sunday evening.
Here’s a great “Whatever happened to…” story. In video of the 1967 World Series there’s a very strange scene immediately after the game. As the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate their victory over the Boston Red Sox, umpire Augie Donatelli reaches up and takes the cap off Cards’ infielder Julian Javier’s head. Today, he’d probably be out of a job. Back then, there wasn’t nearly as much monetary value associated with such relics and it turns out Donatelli wanted something special to bring home to his kids.
So…what happened to the cap? It’s a mystery Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tried to unravel.
In Boston, you can now stay at the Ames Hotel “Bobby Orr Suite”, a room packed with memorabilia—much of it from Orr’s own collection.
The Fox affiliate in Boston was there for the unveiling: