Colorado-based Mile High Card Company launches its annual holiday Premium Catalog auction today featuring a game-used Roger Staubach Navy football jersey and a hundreds of high grade and rare sports cards and sports memorabilia. The catalog auction marks the first time Mile High has ever conducted four catalog auctions in a single calendar year.
“It truly has been a fun and remarkable year for us as a firm, and I can think of no better way to round it out than with this amazing auction,” said company founder Brian Drent.
The auction kicks off with a myriad of high-grade complete sets recently consigned by a prominent Midwest collector, who has built a world-class collection. In fact, the first 17 lots all hail from this monumental compilation, highlighted by Lot 1, a 1954 Topps Baseball complete set, entirely graded by PSA with an overall GPA of 7.97 with all but 10 cards graded NM/MT 8 or better. This lot is followed by an equally impressive 1956 Topps Baseball complete set in high-grade condition, with a total of 165 graded cards.
These two lots are succeeded by a 1957 Topps Baseball near-complete set, missing just one card and offering a total of 120 examples graded by PSA, the majority of which are NM/MT 8 examples including Mantle, Mays, Berra and Clemente, and a complete 1958 Topps Baseball set that includes 263 PSA-graded examples, which again consist mainly of NM/MT 8 specimens.
Also from the same collection is a spectacular 1962 Topps Baseball complete set with nearly 240 cards graded by PSA, again mostly NM/MT 8 examples, as well as a 1963 Topps Baseball complete set with 285 examples in PSA holders, again in high-grade condition. Other complete and near-complete sets up for bid is a nearly-complete set from the celebrated 1952 Topps release, in overall high-grade condition with nearly 250 graded cards and needing only 47 cards for completion.
For the baseball memorabilia enthusiasts, the auction has to offer an exceedingly rare 1918-21 Babe Ruth 40K Professional Model Louisville Slugger Game-Used Bat, a “Kork Grip” artifact that originates from the early stages of the great Bambino’s career, high grade Tris Speaker and Thurman Munson single signed baseballs, an important 1975 Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox Game-Used Jersey, a Jackie Robinson Signed Typed Letter, as well as a 1964 Yellow Hall of Fame Jimmy Foxx Dual-Signed Postcard.
The auction also sees the return of an exceedingly rare 1933 Goudey Final Production Sheet Featuring #53 Babe Ruth and Four Other Hall of Famers, offered again after a brief tenure in the hands of the consignor.
Baseball enthusiasts who favor ultra high-grade single cards need will find a 1911 T205 R. Hoblitzell No Stats SGC 60 EX 5, a near-mint to mint 1915 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb (SGC 88 NM/MT 8), a 1915 Cracker Jack #68 Honus Wagner SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5, a 1915 Cracker Jack #57 Walter Johnson PSA 8 NM/MT, a 1948-49 Leaf #1 Joe DiMaggio SGC 88 NM/MT 8, a 1935 Diamond Stars #64 Jimmie Foxx PSA 9 MINT, a 1952 Topps #312 Jackie Robinson PSA 8 NM/MT, a 1952 Topps #1 Andy Pafko SGC 88 NM/MT 8, a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle GAI 8 NM/MT, a 1958 Topps #47 Roger Maris PSA 9 MINT, a PSA 9 1962 Topps #1 Roger Maris, a 1969 Topps #100 Hank Aaron PSA 10 GEM MINT, and a seldom-seen 1990 Topps Autographed George Bush Glossy (Presidential Copy) BVG 8 (Signature BVG 9), the first of its kind to hit the market.
Basketball collectors will find the only John Havlicek rookie card to be rated PSA 10: a 1969-70 Topps #20. Also offered is a 1968 Topps Test #5 Havlicek PSA 8 NM/MT, as well as a Havlicek Boston Celtics Game-Used and Signed Jersey from the ‘70s.
Football collectors will see a major piece of college football history on the market with the consignment of a 1962 Roger Staubach Autographed Navy Football Game-Used Jersey with Jersey Style Photo Match, as well as one of only two 1972 Topps #200 Roger Staubach graded PSA 10 GEM MINT.
If you prefer hockey collectibles for your trophy room, you can check out a 1966-67 Topps USA Test #35 Bobby Orr SGC 88 NM/MT 8, a 1966 Topps #35 Orr PSA 8 NM/MT, and an exceptionally scarce 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee Test NHL Posters Complete Set in high-grade condition.
Bidding will be available at www.milehighcardco.com or by phone at 303-840-2784.
MHCC is actively accepting consignments for 2014, which is scheduled to include four more catalog auctions, the first of which will be in March, as well as their bi-monthly Extra Innings auctions.