The latest auction results from Mile High Card Company’s October 10 sale show a continued demand for “The Best of the Best” as exceptionally high grade and key rarities performed to nearly unprecedented levels. Topping the auction was a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card graded SGC 96 MINT 9 which sold for $127,809.
Other high grade Mantle cards also drew heavy action. A PSA 10 1967 Topps #150 soared to a remarkable $68,676. A 1954 Bowman Mantle graded PSA 9 went for $57,939 and a 1953 Topps PSA 8 NM/MT realized $13,062.00.
“This auction was really a great representation of the adage that if tremendous material is offered collectors will surely take note, and this showed through with the immense passion of our customers,” added Drent.
One of the year’s greatest hobby finds, the E.C. McCoid “Field Of Dreams” didn’t disappoint with a considerable amount of bidding attention focused on the impressive array of cards. A 1917 Collins-McCarthy #147 Babe Ruth PSA 5 EX, the highest example on both the the PSA And SGC Population Reports was executed at $68,816 while a 1917 Collins-McCarthy #82 Joe Jackson PSA 6.5 EX/MT+, sold for $27,179, and a 1917 Collins-McCarthy #80 Rogers Hornsby PSA 6.5 EX/MT+, drew a top bid of $21,105.
The 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Blank Back complete set sold in its entirety (nearly all graded PSA 3/3.5) for $90,227.
Mile High also offered a 1952 Topps Completely PSA Graded Near Complete Master Set (missing Mantle) which was broken up and sold for a combined total of $199,869.
“As a firm we are exceptionally pleased with the overall results of this sale and we saw an impressive amount of interest and demand for great material,” said Brian Drent, President of Mile High Card Company. “From the historic offering of the 1917 Collins McCarthy set as well as the 1916 Sporting News set from the E.C. McCoid “Field Of Dreams” find to the astounding selection of pristine Mickey Mantle cards, the auction afforded collectors an unsurpassed opportunity to add truly rare items to their collections”.
Aside from the record prices of the Mickey Mantle cards other front line performers the highest graded example of the 1909-11 T206 Christy Mathewson “Dark Cap” registering PSA 8.5 NM/MT+ which sold for $34,693 and a 1909 T204 Ramly Walter Johnson PSA 6 EX/MT, heading for a new home at $29,717.
An exceptionally rare 1933 Goudey final production sheet featuring #53 Babe Ruth and four other Hall Of Famers sold for $$31,520.72. Also performing to expectant evels was a 1909 T206 Eddie Plank Sweet Caporal 350 Series PSA 5 which was hammered at $78,958.
Modern era vintage cards were headlines by a 1972 Topps #299 Hank Aaron PSA 10 which jumped to $20,655.
A 1911 T212 Obak High Grade Complete Set #1 All-Time on PSA Set Registry with Original Coupon sold for $19,331.00, a 1955 Bowman Master Baseball Complete Set #6 Current Finest on PSA Set Registry sold for $21,647, a 1965 Topps Baseball Complete Set Completely PSA Graded (#3 On The PSA Set Registry) sold aggregately for $73,729 and the 7th current finest 1961-62 Fleer Basketball set realized $29,966.
Mile High also offered numerous pieces of sports memorabilia including a 1960 Roger Maris New York Yankees Most Valuable Player Award (Dieges and Clust) which sold for $15,405.
A circa 1910 Ty Cobb “Fan for a Fan” sold for $6,170, an early career Roberto Clemente single signed Warren Giles baseball graded PSA/DNA MINT 9 sold for $9,345.
“We had an exceptional amount of newly registered and actively bidding registered users, which is more new customers than we’ve ever had for any particular auction,” said Drent. “Our numbers were strong, sure, but I think that in itself is a good sign for the hobby. I know it’s definitely a good one for us.”
MHCC is currently planning a December 2013 premier catalog auction, and is actively seeking consignments. To consign vintage sports cards or memorabilia or to register with the company and receive free catalogs for future events, visit www.milehighcardco.com or call 303.840.2784 (8:00-5:00 MST M-F).