All systems are go for another major auction to kick off next week and a new addition to the high-grade roster of vintage Hall of Fame rookie cards will be part of the action.
Mile High Card Company will open its May auction next Monday with a freshly-graded 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card. Company President Brian Drent says the card originated in an old-time collection that was remarkably well-preserved. Graded PSA 9 and valued at around $150,000, it’ll be among over 600 lots up for bid.
Though smaller in the number of total lots collectors may be used to seeing, the auction has no shortage of high-grade and high-profile cards including a 1993 Upper Deck SP Derek Jeter rookie graded PSA 10 that was originally part of former major leaguer Dmitri Young’s collection of Hall of Fame rookie cards.
Other highlights include SGC 9 (mint) examples of the1910 E98 Ty Cobb and Cy Young; a PSA 3 1914 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb; a 1915 Cracker Jack #136 Rabbit Maranville PSA 9; a 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle rookie card PSA 4.5; a 1954 Bowman #170 Duke Snider PSA 10; a 1954-56 Spic and Span Braves Hank Aaron PSA 9; a 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente rookie SGC 8.5; PSA 9 examples of the 1956 Topps Ernie Banks; Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson; a 1956 Topps #135 Mickey Mantle Gray Back PSA 8; a PSA 9 1958 Topps #47 Roger Maris rookie; a 1959 Topps #514 Bob Gibson rookie PSA 9; Mickey Mantle cards from 1966 and ’67, both rated PSA 9; a 1969 Topps #260 Reggie Jackson rookie PSA 9; the first and only 1971 Topps #625 Lou Brock PSA 10; a 1991 Topps Desert Shield #333 Chipper Jones rookie SGC 10 and a 1961 Fleer #8 Wilt Chamberlain rookie graded PSA 8.5.
The company that handled the famous Beer Case Find a few years ago will bring more vintage unopened material to market in the form of a 1951 Bowman penny pack; vending boxes of 1959 Topps baseball (4th series) and 1964 Topps baseball 7th series/high numbers); a 1967 Topps Punch Out wax pack; a 1972 OPC 2nd Series unopened box; a 1975 Topps Mini unopened box; a 1961-62 Fleer pack with an Oscar Robertson rookie card showing on the bottom and a 1975-76 Topps basketball wax box.
The auction will include over 75 sets and near-sets, going as far back as a completely graded 1939 Play Ball set and including baseball and football collections from 1948 Bowman through the 1950’s and 60’s. There’s a 1951 Bowman baseball set with graded Mantle and Mays rookie cards, a near set of 1952 Topps; and a 1953 Topps set. Among the PSA set registry collections up for grabs is the eighth best 1971 Topps Super set rated 8.57, the fourth best 1991 Topps Desert Shield set (9.28 set rating) and a 1986-87 Fleer basketball set, with a rating of over 8.5.
Premium vintage baseball Americana in the sale includes a 1888 A35 Goodwin “Baseball Champions” Premium Round Album; a circa 1910 Peach (J.A. Peach Company) baseball gloves advertising display featuring Cobb, Wagner, Mathewson, Young and others; a 1915-16 Rose and Company Clothiers World Series Champions advertising display with Babe Ruth and an autographed photo album of the 1929 World Champion Philadelphia Athletics with the signatures of six Hall of Famers.
The auction opens Monday, April 27 and closes Thursday, May 14 at www.milehighcardco.com.