A 1952 Topps Willie Mays graded PSA 8 sold for a record price of $258,000 as Robert Edward Auctions closed out its final catalog sale of 2021 late Sunday night. A 1951 Bowman Mays rookie card, also graded 8, went for $264,000.
Mays and some familiar icons from the vintage card market were hits with bidders, but the top two selling items were on the basketball side. One of the best 1986-87 Fleer Basketball sets on PSA’s registry with 130 of the 132 cards rated Gem Mint 10 sold for $270,000. Only the Michael Jordan rookie and Johnny Moore cards graded at a lower level–both Mint 9s. An unopened box of 1986-87 Fleer packs also sold for $270,000.
In all, the auction of more than 2,700 lots generated $13.3 million. In all, 15 lots sold for more than $100,000 and 234 lots sold for more than $10,000.
Among a trove of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig cards was a rare 1917 Boston Store Ruth, graded SGC 3. The image from early in Ruth’s Boston Red Sox career went for $240,000–more than $100,000 higher than the last sale through REA of the same card in the same grade just three years ago.
A pair of PSA 8 Gehrig cards from the 1934 Goudey set also cracked the six-figure mark, with #37 netting $132,000 and #61 grabbing a final price of $108,000.
A 1957-58 Topps Bill Russell rookie card graded 7.5 by PSA netted $150,000, by far a record price for the grade while a 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie card graded PSA 9 tied the all-time record price of $150,000.
The auction also included a 1954 Topps Baseball 5-cent pack PSA 8 that sold for $168,000, a record price for any unopened pack ever graded by PSA.
Among the memorabilia sold was an exceptionally rare program from the first modern World Series in 1903 which realized $108,000.
Other sales included:
- 1979-80 OPC Wayne Gretzky rookie PSA 9 $156,000
- 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 8 $105,000
- 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson rookie PSA 9 $93,000
- 1958-59 Topps Bobby Hull rookie SGC 8 $87,000 (record for the grade)
Complete results can be found here.