The story of the New Jersey couple who had inherited a nice collection that included an autographed George Mikan rookie card was a fun one. It turns out that was just the opening tip of an auction that includes an eye-popping quantity of popular basketball cards.
Birmingham Auctioneers has launched a 500-lot auction that starts with the post-War pioneers found inside the 1948 Bowman basketball set and continues through the age of Magic, MJ and LeBron.
How many Topps LeBron rookies, you ask? How about 20 of them, including multiple PSA 10s.
The famous Bird-Magic rookie card from 1980-81? There are two dozen of them including four 8s.
Fleer Jordan rookies? Three, including a PSA 9.
Oh…and there’s a 1984-85 Star Company Jordan rated BGS 8, not to mention a pile of high-grade Jordans from other Star sets including 1985, the 1984 Rookie of the Year, 1985 All-Rookie Team, 1986 Court Kings and others.
The auction has a mound of 1948 Bowman including the signed Mikan and Buddy Jeannette cards we wrote about last week. There are dozens of 1957 Topps and 1961 Fleer basketball, too, including an Oscar Robertson rookie and Bill Russell, both graded 7 and a Bob Cousy rated 8.
Other vintage complete sets and singles abound including a PSA 9 1971-72 Topps Pete Maravich and PSA 10 John Havlicek, a 1986-87 Fleer set with a PSA 9 Charles Barkley rookie and a near mint Jordan, dozens of 1970s and 80s sets and lots and autographed cards.
It’s not all basketball, though. There are sets, lots, Hall of Famers, large player lots, unopened boxes and packs and other items from the 1950s through the junk wax era and beyond in baseball and football as well as some memorabilia items and autographs.
The auction is underway now and runs through November 8.