Heritage Auctions has opened its Summer Sports Trading Card Auction with over 1,400 lots up for grabs across the full spectrum of sports, formats and eras, with a strong concentration on early tobacco and high-grade bubble gum era rookies.
More than 80 cards from the 1800s in the catalog include three rare Old Judge cabinets and a near-set of the 1895 N300 Mayo Cut Plugs. High-grade candy cards follow chronologically, with E102’s from Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, E98’s of Cobb and Christy Mathewson, and the all-time finest 1921 Oxford Confectionary Set on the PSA Registry.
But the post-war era is expected to record the top results in the auction.
“This will be the first offering of an incredible find of previously unknown ultra-high-grade 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sport Auctions at Heritage. One of those Mantle cards graded a PSA 7, already has a high bid approaching $200,000 with the buyer’s premium factored in.
“High-grade rookies from Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella and Nolan Ryan are likewise going to produce six-figure results,” Ivy predicted. The Clemente and Koufax cards are rated Mint 9 by PSA while the Ryan rookie is an SGC 98. The Clemente currently has a high bid of $160,000.
Collectors concentrating on unopened material will find plenty of wax and cello to tempt them in the two-day sale, including unopened boxes of 1979 OPC Hockey and 1986 Fleer Basketball. Other notable current era single cards are also part of the auction.
Other highlights include:
1909 E102 “Set of 25” Honus Wagner, Throwing – the hobby’s finest known example – PSA EX-MT+ 6.5
1915 Boston Red Sox Real Photo Postcard, PSA VG+ 3.5, with Rookie Babe Ruth
1916 M101-4 The Sporting News Babe Ruth Rookie #151, PSA VG 3 (MK)
1952 Topps Baseball 5-Cent Unopened Wax Pack, PSA NM 7 (current high bid $20,000)
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311, PSA EX 5
1957 Topps John Unitas #138, SGC 96 Mint 9 – Pop Three, None Higher
Bidding in the auction concludes over a two-night period, July 19-20.