Mastro Auctions has digested the numbers and put out the official reaction to last month’s sale.
One of the top performers and a new record price holder from the Mastro Auctions’ is a 1910 E93 Standard Caramel SGC-graded complete set of 30 cards. The collection of cards sold for $327,719. President Doug Allen explains that the record price represents not only a precedent for this series of cards, but also for the baseball card collecting industry in general.
"This baseball card assembly is not just the second highest priced ever sold, it is the most valuable set ever sold at public auction," said Allen. In 2004, Allen and Mastro Auctions were involved in the top baseball card set sale of all time – a set of mint condition 1914 Cracker Jack baseball cards that was sold privately for $800,000.
An extraordinary Lou Gehrig game used bat produced a hit in Mastro’s August auction. It now ranks as the most expensive Gehrig bat ever sold at public auction. The historically significant bat, which sold for $184,236 is the only one known to exist that can be definitively placed in the legendary baseball player’s hands during the fabled 1927 Yankees season.
"No other Gehrig bat comes close in terms of value or historical importance," said Allen. "Only two side written Gehrig bats exist and this one dates from the most prolific year of his career. Especially now, there can be no argument – this is the most important Gehrig bat in the world."
Specific auction results from Mastro’s August Auction are detailed by division in the following:
TOP ITEMS – SPORTS
1910 E93 Standard Caramel SGC-Graded Complete Set (30) – The Most Expensive Card Set Ever Sold Publicly!
Collectors were given the choice to bid on the cards in the set individually or as a set. If the total of the individual cards topped the set high bid, the cards would be split up and sold separately. Obviously, a few collectors just didn’t want that to happen and one fortunate bidder is now in the possession of the second most valuable baseball card set in existence and the most expensive set to ever be sold publicly. The final price was $327,719.
Historically Significant 1927 Lou Gehrig H&B Side-Written Game Used Bat – MEARS A-9.5 –
This bat stands alone as the highest priced Gehrig bat known to exist and the ONLY one that can be definitely placed in the hands of the "Iron Horse" during his amazing 1927 Yankees season. The selling price for such exclusivity was $184,236.
Babe Ruth Signed Game Used 1920 H&B Bat – Personally Obtained by Buck Weaver! MEARS A-10
This Hillerich & Bradsby signature model weapon was personally passed on by Babe Ruth to fallen hero Buck Weaver in 1920. The bat commanded $167,107.
Rare 1920 Walter Johnson Side-Written Game Used Bat – MEARS A-10
Condition and rarity combined to make this singular sensation of a bat an auction headliner. As the only bat in existence with documentation that places it in Johnson’s hands, the legendary piece of lumber attracted considerable auction attention. It sold for $96,768.
1957 Ted Williams Signed Complete Boston Red Sox Game Worn Home Uniform – MEARS A-9
This autographed Red Sox home uniform was donned by "The Splendid Splinter" during the 1957 campaign. The added bonus? An LOA straight from Williams. The uniform went for $79,610.
1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy SGC-Graded Near Master Set (203/205)
This gallery of vintage baseball cards includes 199 of the 200 subjects plus four of the five known variations. The completely graded assembly realized a final price of $73,735.
1949 Bowman High Grade Complete Set (240) Including Nine Variations
Perfection is key in this set as is the inclusion of the Rizzuto card. The set sold for $73,735.
1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy #147 Babe Ruth – SGC 88 NM/MT 8
This old baseball card is one of the earliest to ever depict Ruth and one of the few to picture him as a pitcher. No other card has been graded higher than this one by SGC. The card sold for $66,879.
1941 Play Ball #71 Joe DiMaggio – PSA MINT 9
Many consider 1941 to be the greatest in baseball history. The season saw DiMaggio achieve his 56 game hitting streak and win the League’s MVP. The card remains as a tangible reminder for the cost of $65,493.
1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card – PSA NM-MT 8
The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle has always been a key card in any collection. This one was unlocked for $65,493.
1909-11 T206 White Border Near Set (519 different) Including "Magie" Error
Eighty-four cards in this impressive compilation have been graded by PSA. This astounding nod to the tobacco era cost $51,325.
1954 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set (250) – #8 on the PSA Set Registry!
The series is widely appreciated in the hobby for its sharp colors, large player portraits, smaller "action" photos, and extraordinarily bright graphics. The set commanded $47,853.
1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet Joe Jackson
Once an obscure tobacco series, the Pinkerton issue is now a hobby favorite, especially when featuring the legendary Joe Jackson This vintage baseball card went for $47,853.
Ty Cobb 1921-1931 H&B Game Used Bat – MEARS A-7.5
Cobb used this bat during the latter portion of his Hall of Fame career. It is regarded as one of the finest Cobb gamers in existence. The bat sold for $44,629.
1957 Topps #302 Sandy Koufax – PSA MINT 9
Only two cards of Koufax from this issue have ever been graded higher. This Topps showpiece collectible attracted a final price of $44,111.
VINTAGE BASEBALL CARDS
Graded Cards and Sets
A 1959 Topps PSA-graded complete set (572) – #9 on the PSA Set Registry went for $43,502; a 1968 Topps #177 Nolan Ryan rookie card SGC 98 GEM 10 went for $43,502; a 1969 Topps PSA-graded complete set (664) – #8 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $40,100; a 1933 Goudey #53 Babe Ruth PSA NM-MT 8 sold for $35,951; a 1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy #82 Joe Jackson SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5 sold for $35,951; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinet #9 Ty Cobb PSA EX-MT 6 went for $35,055; a 1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron rookie card PSA MINT 9 went for $28,970; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Rube Waddell – Throwing PSA MINT 9 commanded $27,096; a 1911 T205 Gold Border Walter Johnson PSA NM-MT 8 commanded $26,335; a 1938 Goudey #277 Hank Greenberg PSA MINT 9 sold for $24,898; a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card PSA EX-MT 6 sold for $23,941; a 1911 T205 Gold Border Ty Cobb SGC 84 NM7 went for $22,634; a 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth PSA NM-MT 8 commanded $21,763; a 1950 Bowman PSA-graded collection (223) sold for $21,047; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Iron Man McGinnity PSA MINT 9 went for $20,356; a 1938 R323 Goudey Heads-Up PSA-graded complete set (48) went for $21,047; a 1960 Topps PSA MINT 9 Collection (28) went for $20,118; a 1960 Topps PSA-graded complete set (572) commanded $19,785; a 1911 T205 Gold Border PSA NM 7 collection (16 different) went for $19,133; a 1933 R319 Goudey complete set (239) sold for $19,133; a 1934 Goudey #84 Paul Derringer PSA MINT 9 went for $18,289; a 1955 Topps #123 Sandy Koufax rookie card PSA MINT 9 sold for $17,986; a 1915 Cracker Jack #18 Johnny Evers SGC MINT 9 commanded $17,003; a 1960 Leaf "Big Head" PSA-graded complete set (8) went for $16,822; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets PSA EX 5 collection (20) went for $16,350; a 1910 E103 Williams Caramel Ty Cobb PSA EX 5 sold for $15,293; a 1949 Bowman #226 Duke Snider rookie card SGC 96 MINT went for $14,373; a 1955 Topps #2 Ted Williams PSA MINT 9 commanded $14,373; and a 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folders high grade collection (11) sold for $14,052.
Ungraded Cards and Partially Graded or Ungraded Sets
A 1952 Topps complete Master Set with Black Backs Set, Sain and Page variations (489) went for $35,951; a 1948/49 Leaf near Master Set (100/101) including Hermansk and Aberson variations went for $35,055; 1956 Topps high grade complete set (340) plus checklists (2) commanded $35,055; a 1910-13 T215 "Red Cross Tobacco" Type-1 and Type-2 collection (38 different) went for $31,867; a 1962 Topps PSA NM-MT 8 partial set (523/598) sold for $29,711; a 1949 Bowman high grade complete set (240) sold for $26,335; a 1912 T207 Brown Background near Master Set (205/206) with Recruit cigarette box went for $26,335; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets collection (18 different) including Cobb, Mathewson and Lajoie went for $24,898; a 1939 R334 Play Ball complete set (161) sold for $24,898; a 1963 Topps PSA NM-MT 8 near Master Set (561/583) went for $24,554; a 1911 T205 Gold Border complete set (208) plus variations sold for $23,941; a 1909-11 T206 White Border graded partial set (377) sold for $23,941; a 1955 Topps high grade starter set (127/206) sold for $21,763; a 1933 R300 George C. Miller SGC-graded near set (31/32) went for $21,047; a 1960 Topps PSA MINT 9 collection (28) went for $20,118; a 1965 Topps NM-MT 8 and MINT 9 near set (566/598) realized $19,785; a 1933-41 Pre-War collection (295) including 70 Hall of Famers realized a final price of $18,705; a 1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel partial set (100/120) went for $18,705; a 1938 R323 Goudey "Heads-Up" complete low number series uncut sheet of 24 cards sold for $18,705; and a 1961 Topps high grade complete set (587) sold for $14,373.
Unopened Cases, Boxes and Packs
A 1975 Topps Baseball unopened 15-box cello case sold for $31,867; four 1971 Topps Baseball 4th-6th Series unopened vending boxes sold for $30,818; another four 1971 Topps Baseball Series 4-6 unopened vending boxes went for $30,818; six 1972 Topps Baseball 1st and 2nd Series Unopened vending boxes commanded $21,047; another six 1972 Topps Baseball 1st and 2nd Series unopened vending boxes went for $21,047; twelve 1974 Topps Baseball unopened vending boxes went for $20,575; twenty-four 1976 Topps Baseball unopened vending boxes sold for $19,133; a 1976 Topps Baseball unopened vending case commanded $13,739; and five 1970 Topps Football 1st Series unopened vending boxes went for $13,066.
The Mark Friedland Autographed Card Collection
An autographed 1953 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (271 different signatures) sold for $16,770; an autographed 1958 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (439 different aignatures) went for $12,283; an autographed 1962 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (498 different signatures) commanded $11,166; a 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth signed card realized $9,816; an autographed 1956 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (311 different signatures) went for $9,227; an autographed 1952 Topps PSA-authenticated partial set (210 different signatures) sold for $7,626; and an autographed 1964 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (571 different signatures) sold for $7,626.
The Larry Fritsch Warehouse
A 1971 Topps Baseball 1st Series unopened vending box PSA NM-MT 8 sold for $15,114; a 1971 Topps Baseball 4th Series unopened vending box GAI 7.5 went for $11,354; a 1969 Topps Baseball 6th Series unopened vending box GAI NM-MT 8 sold for $10,321; and three 1976 Topps Baseball unopened vending boxes GAI MINT 9 went for $7,531.
GAME USED BASEBALL BATS
A Babe Ruth 1934-1935 H&B game used bat – MEARS A-6.5 sold for $22,321; a Napoleon Lajoie circa 1905 game used bat – MEARS A-8 went for $16,770; a Willie Mays 1971 Adirondack game used bat – PSA/DNA GU10 sold for $14,052; a Joe Jackson 1914-1915 Pro Model Cork Handle 40K game used bat – MEARS A-5 sold for $13,513; a Frank Chance circa 1908 game used bat – MEARS A-7.5 realized a final price of $12,597; a Willie Mays 1958-1960 Adirondack signed game used bat – MEARS A-10; sold for $12,283; a Tris Speaker 1921-1928 H&B game used bat – MEARS A-8 went for $11,166; a Jimmie Foxx 1934-1944 H&B game used bat – MEARS A-7.5 sold for $11,166; a Roberto Clemente 1965-1968 H&B game used bat – MEARS A-8 sold for $9,595; and a Roberto Clemente 1965-1968 H&B game used bat – MEARS A-8.5 went for $8,923.
GAME USED BASEBALL MEMORABILIA
A Brooks Robinson 1963 Baltimore Orioles signed game worn home jersey sold for $27,694; a Pete Rose 1971 Cincinnati Reds signed game worn home jersey went for $12,773; a Jim Turner 1940 Cincinnati Reds complete game worn home uniform with cap, glove and cleats went for $13,066; a Lou Boudreau 1949 Cleveland Indians game worn home uniform commanded $11,878; a Bob Gibson 1959-1964 St. Louis Cardinals signed game worn baseball cap realized $10,321; a Fernando Tatis 1999 St. Louis Cardinals – two Grand Slams in one inning signed, game worn road jersey sold for $10,321; and a Jim Palmer 1984 Baltimore Orioles game worn road jersey went for $7,929
A Babe Ruth single signed ball went for $20,575; another Babe Ruth single signed ball sold for $16,770; an Earl Averill’s signed 1933 All-Star game ball including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig commanded $14,864; an early 1930’s Yankees signed ball featuring Babe Ruth sold for $13,901; a superb Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed ball went for $13,066; a 1961 World Champion New York Yankees team signed ball sold for $11,354; a Babe Ruth and Ted Williams signed ball commanded $9,382; a 1958 World Champion New York Yankees team signed ball went for $8,722; a 1978 World Champion New York Yankees team signed ball including Munson and Martin realized $8,284; a Babe Ruth and Lefty Gomez signed ball went for $7,845; and an original Hall of Fame Class signed ball sold for $7,626.
OTHER BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHS
A Christy Mathewson 1925 signed personal check sold for $19,133; a 1934 Ruth and Gehrig signed photo display went for $13,901; a historic 1942 War Bond Exhibition Game signed ball with Ruth, Wagner and Johnson plus Ruth at bat original news photo from the game went for $11,611; a significant Perez-Steele "Art Postcards," "Great Moments," "Celebration" and "Master Works" collection (453 items) including 213 signed pieces sold for $10,321; a 1902 Rube Waddell signed cabinet photograph sold for $10,151; a Babe Ruth "Merry Christmas" personalized ball and Santa photo commanded $8,722; a Ted Williams signed "1/10" limited edition LeRoy Nieman serigraph sold for $8,529; an exceptional collection of 1920’s Hall of Famer signed exhibit cards (10 different) sold for $8,388; a 1934 Tour of Japan program signed by American and Japanese players including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went for $7,373; and a 1956 Topps signed partial set (296/340) sold for $7,132.
A 1915 Boston Red Sox pitching staff news service photograph featuring Babe Ruth sold for $15,114; a Lou Gehrig rookie-era news service photograph by Charles Conlon went $10,555; a 1913 Christy Mathewson news service photograph sold for $10,321; a 1927 Babe Ruth news service photograph by Charles Conlon commanded $10,321; a Lou Gehrig news service photograph by Charles Conlon sold for $9,382; a Babe Ruth rookie-era original photograph by Paul Thompson went for $7,929; and a 1914 Baltimore Orioles team photo with young Babe Ruth (printed in the early 1920’s) went for $7,754.
A Babe Ruth mutoscope machine sold for $15,457; a 1955 United "Star Slugger" pinball machine went for $11,166; a 1977 New York Yankees World Champions scout’s ring commanded $9,816; a rare 1953 Satchel Paige Coca-Cola advertising sign went for $8,954; a 1978 New York Yankees World Champions front office ring went for $8,722; a circa 1950’s Willie Mays Chesterfield cigarettes advertising sign realized $8,529; a very scarce 1910’s S22 Murad "Athlete and College Seal" Tobacco Silks complete set (250) sold for $8,284; and Bill Stafford’s 1961 New York Yankees World Championship player’s ring sold for $7,373.
A 1986/87 Fleer PSA GEM MT 10 complete set (132) went for $32,683; a James Naismith archive (27 Items) including 20 complete or partial signatures sold for $23,941; a 1961/62 Fleer #8 Wilt Chamberlain rookie card PSA GEM MT 10 commanded $20,292; a 1957/58 Topps Basketball PSA graded complete set (80) – #5 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $15,293; a 1986/87 Fleer Stickers PSA GEM MT 10 complete set (11) sold for $7,929; a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Circa 1980 Los Angeles Lakers signed game worn road jersey went for $6,552; and a Magic Johnson 1988 Los Angeles Lakers signed game worn home jersey went for $4,427.
Anthony Anderson’s 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers World Champion Super Bowl XIV player’s ring sold for $23,941; Stan Adams’ 1983 World Champion Los Angeles Raiders Super Bowl XVIII player’s ring went for $21,763; a 1975 Topps Football unopened 15-box cello case commanded $19,133; a 1935 National Chicle PSA-graded complete set (36) – #8 on the PSA Set Registry went for $17,986; a scarce "Link" Lyman 1933-1934 Chicago Bears game worn road uniform – one of the earliest known Bears uniforms sold for $12,773; Warren McVea’s 1969 World Champion Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV player’s ring sold for $11,166; a Terry Bradshaw 1978 World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XIII salesman’s sample ring realized $8,529; a 1978 Topps Football unopened 15-box cello case sold for $7,929; and a Tony Dorsett 1976 Pitt signed game worn home jersey (senior year) sold for $7,754.
A 1954/55 Topps PSA-graded complete set (60) – #4 on PSA Set Registry sold for $38,561; a Wayne Gretzky 1981/82 Edmonton Oilers game worn road jersey (record season) went for $16,770; a 1954/55 Topps PSA-graded complete set (60) commanded $8,630; a 1911/12 C55 Hockey Players complete set (45) plus small variation went for $6,484; and a 1910/11 C56 Hockey Series complete set (36) sold for $4,249.
A 1982 Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney original oil painting by Leroy Neiman and Neiman signed on-site fight poster sold for $14,864; a 1911 T9 Turkey Red Boxers PSA graded collection with #76 Jack Johnson (7) went for $8,529; a Muhammad Ali handwritten 28-page speech on teachings of Islamic faith sold for $4,375; and an 1890 N310 Mayo’s Cut Plug Boxers SGC-graded collection (14 different) realized $4,249.
An extremely rare Walter Burkemo 1953 PGA Championship personal Wanamaker Trophy and Hall Of Fame plaque from the State of Michigan (2 items) sold for $10,151; 1999 American Ryder Cup Championship Team signed official scorecards including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Payne Stewart went for $3,697; and a Bobby Jones signed and inscribed photo realized $1,853.