A low grade 1917 Collins-McCarthy Babe Ruth sold for $111,440 to top Love of the Game’s final auction of 2021 early Sunday morning. The PSA 1 example generated 32 bids after opening at $25,000. It’s a tough early Ruth issue–one of only 14 ever examined by PSA with 10 rated by SGC.
One of the eight 1965 Topps Steve Carlton rookie cards on PSA’s Population Report sold for a record-setting $83,159 in the auction. The card generated 39 bids and broke the old record of $66,000 established just six months ago.
A pair of key Mickey Mantle cards included a PSA 5 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle ($83,159) and a 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie PSA 6 ($53,604).
The 25th best 1975 Topps Baseball set on PSA’s Set Registry netted $30,000 while a 2000 SP Authentic #118 Tom Brady rookie graded BVG NM-MT+ 8.5 went for $10,800.
The auction also included hundreds of rare vintage programs including one from the historic first meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Decatur Staleys in 1921. The Staleys became the Chicago Bears in 1922 and the NFL’s oldest rivalry continues to this day.
The program from the game in Chicago—won by the Bears 20-0—sold for $18,000.