One of the three 1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson cards graded 9 by PSA sold for a record-setting $504,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Spring Trading Card sale late last week. Heritage had sold another for $432,000 in 2017. That wasn’t the only six-figure card in the auction, though. Seven lots hit that mark in all. Seventeen cards sold for $50,000 or more during the two-night sale.
One of the two 1932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth graded PSA 9 sold for $432,000, a 1902-11 Sporting Life Type 2 Honus Wagner cabinet card rated SGC 50 netted $264,000, a PSA 9 1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio went for a record $216,000, an SGC 3 1860 Brooklyn Atlantics CDV rocketed to $180,000, a 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Ticket Autograph graded PSA 10 set a new record at $168,000 and a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle graded PSA 7 went for $120,000.
Pre-War cards generated the biggest bids, for the most part. A T206 Eddie Plank graded PSA 4 sold for $96,000, the only graded example of the 1912 Boston Garter Christy Mathewson (SGC 10) reached $84,000 and a 1934 Goudey Lou Gehrig #37 rated SGC 9 did the same. A 1933 Goudey Gehrig #160 set a new record for the PSA 8 grade when it sold for $60,000.
The auction included numerous vintage sports card cases, boxes and packs, topped by a 1978 Topps baseball vending case that hit $28,800 and a 1969 Topps football second series box of 24 packs ($24,000).