A 1954 Topps Ernie Banks rookie card sold for $198,000 late Sunday night as Robert Edward Auctions closed out its Fall Auction. The price is an all-time record for a publicly sold Banks rookie card, topping the last PSA 9 sale of $144,000 set in May of 2021. A PSA 10 hasn’t sold since a $142,836 sale in 2012.
The top selling item in the auction was a PSA 7 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle that netted $336,000.
In all, ten items exceeded the $100,000 mark in the auction, which generated a total of $13 million.
A recently discovered 19th century scrapbook featuring over 1,300 cards glued inside sold for $25,800.
The auction, which opened Nov. 17, featured nearly 3,400 lots and an assortment of sports cards, unopened material, game-used memorabilia, and autographs.
A 1964 Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves road flannel jersey realized $168,000.
Among the other notable items and their selling prices included:
- 1939 Ted Williams’ Boston Red Sox Rookie Contract ($192,000)
- 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente Rookie PSA NM-MT+ 8.5 ($174,000)
- 1934 R320 Goudey #61 Lou Gehrig PSA NM-MT 8 ($150,000)
- 1948-49 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson Rookie PSA NM 7 ($138,000)
- 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Unopened Wax Box (36 Packs) BBCE – Michael Jordan Rookie Year ($102,000)
- 1955 Topps #123 Sandy Koufax Rookie PSA NM-MT+ 8.5 ($102,000)
- 1968 Topps 3-D Roberto Clemente PSA GEM MINT 10 Rare “Experimental XOGRAPH” Ink Stamp on Reverse ($102,000)
- 1952 Topps Baseball Unopened Pack PSA 7 ($99,000)
- 1961 Fleer Football Second Series Unopened Wax Box (24 Packs) ($87,000)
- 1927 “Babe Comes Home” Movie Window Card Featuring Babe Ruth ($72,000)
- 1970-1971 Topps Hockey Unopened Wax Box (24 Packs) ($66,000)
- 1976 Topps Football #148 Walter Payton Rookie PSA GEM MINT 10 ($63,000)
“The results of our Fall Auction were emblematic of the way the industry is expanding,” said Brian Dwyer, President of REA. “We’ve seen substantial growth in the trading card and sports memorabilia market throughout the year, particularly among pre-war baseball cards and unopened boxes. We’re very pleased with the turnout of our final auction of the year and have a very optimistic outlook for 2023.”
Complete results can be found here.
REA’s next events will be a trio of monthly Encore auctions in January, February and March. The company’s next major catalog auction will take place in April. Consignments are being accepted.