A new year has arrived and there appears no slowdown for the rising prices on high-grade vintage baseball cards. Several cards currently offered at auction have already set new records or are on their way to doing so.
Among the selection of high-profile items is a PSA 9 1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron rookie card offered in Mile High Card Company’s latest auction. The card quickly breezed past the $100,000 mark within a few days of last week’s auction launch, setting a new record in the process. It currently sits at over $112,000—without the buyer’s premium that would push the realized price over $134,000. Remarkably, the previous high water mark for a PSA 9 Aaron rookie card was $62,140, set less than two years ago. In 2013, the top price was just over $36,000. A PSA 8 Aaron has passed $23,000 in the same auction.
A 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson rookie graded PSA 10 in the catalog has passed $19,000 and may challenge the record of $30,325 set last year.
Also receiving strong action are the individual cards from the breakup of the #1 PSA Set Registry rated 1950 Bowman football and 1955 Topps All-American sets, including 1950 Bowman #1 Doak Walker PSA 8 NM/MT, #45 Otto Graham PSA 9 as well as 1955 Topps All-American #37 Jim Thorpe PSA 9 and #68 The Four Horsemen PSA 9.
Other cards generating big bids include an SGC 96 (mint) 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig, a 1915 Cracker Jack #57 Walter Johnson (SGC 96) and a 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle (SGC 96).
The auction doesn’t close until January 21.
Memory Lane is offering the Empire State Collection of Mantle cards, breaking up the finest basic Mantle run on PSA’s Registry. A 7.5 rated 1952 Topps #311 currently sits at $153,000 without the buyer’s premium. The last 7.5 sold for $37,453 in 2010. Goldin Auctions’ Winter Auction includes an SGC 50 (VG/EX) Mantle that has already shattered the previous record for that specific grade, currently sitting at $24,000 with more than two weeks left
Less than two years ago, you could expect to pay around $50,000 if a 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie card came on the market. The one in the Memory Lane auction has already hit $72,000 with a few days left. A PSA 8.5 1953 Topps Mantle, one of only three at the 8.5 level, has soared to $60,000. In May of 2014, Memory Lane had sold an 8.5 for $37,618, a price which had nearly doubled the going rate of just three years earlier.
On eBay early Wednesday morning, a 1980-81 Topps Magic Johnson-Larry Bird rookie card graded PSA 10 was listed as sold for a best offer price of $27,000. That would easily set a new record for the grade.