Heritage Auctions is kicking off the first of its planned monthly online sales with a mix of vintage and modern cards and memorabilia on the block through March 18.
Nearly 400 items are in the debut auction–from T206 cards to unopened cases of recently produced products.
Last month, the company announced it would join at least two other sports auction houses in offering monthly sales centered primarily around authenticated and graded items. Increased interest in the hobby means there’s usually an audience of buyers just about anytime while others are looking to take advantage of the hot market and consign things, but prefer a faster turnaround time.
Heritage Director of Sports Auctions Chris Ivy said clients have been asking for expedited auctions. “This new format is going to appeal to a large audience looking to decrease the time from delivery of their consignments to the receipt of their settlement checks.”
The auction’s top items include a PSA 10 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan (along with seven other Jordan rookies), a 1985 Nike Promo Jordan graded 10 by SGC and a PSA 9 1910 E98 Ty Cobb from the Black Swamp Find.
Multiple Mickey Mantle cards, including a rookie card plus 1952 and ’53 Topps issues are featured, along with a near mint Willie Mays rookie, a PSA10 LeBron James Topps rookie card, multiple Hank Aaron and Jackie Robinson rookie cards, a 1948-49 Leaf Satchel Paige, high-grade first year cards of Rod Carew, Lou Brock and Ernie Banks, a PSA 9 1966 Topps Mantle, and dozens of unopened packs and boxes from the 1950s and up.
One of the more unique pieces is a 2001 postcard of Texas Rangers pitcher Pat Mahomes that includes the block letter “autograph” of his then six-year-old son Patrick, who of course went on to become a Super Bowl champion quarterback.
As is the case with its catalog auctions, all lots will open at 25% of the low estimate and will close in 30-minute Extended Bidding format.
Bidding ends Thursday, March 18.