A South Florida man who says he has spent more than three-years assembling an elite collection of Roy Halladay cards has put what he calls the ‘holy grail’ of the collection up for auction on eBay. The starting bid is $10,000.
The 1998 Upper Deck SP Prospects President’s Edition rookie card of Hallday was limited to just ten. Only two have ever been submitted to Beckett Grading Services or any other company for authentication. The card is the highest graded version known to be in existence
These particular cards are very condition sensitive and thus extremely difficult to obtain in perfect condition. They feature foil edges and a black border on the reverse, which are all things that add up to a card being nearly impossible to find in good shape. The collector says he has somewhat reluctantly put both of the cards up for auction on eBay.
“A big part of this whole thing was the joy of the hunt for the cards,” said the collector who prefers to remain anonymous according to a news release. “There were only ten of the President’s Edition cards ever produced and finding one in good enough condition to grade a BGS 9 was not easy. Since I’ve accomplished my goal I figure it is time to move on, and the money from the sale will certainly be welcomed.”
“In my opinion, I think this is the holy grail of Roy’s rookie cards. I honestly don’t think there will ever be one that will grade above this one.”
The seller sought out and purchased as many boxes of the 1998 Upper Deck SP Prospects cards as he could find in the hopes of finding a mint version of the card. In total, he bought more than 100 boxes. Of those 100 boxes, the collector yielded about 80 of the regular versions of the base rookie card. Of those 80, only six were in good enough condition to warrant being sent off for grading. All six of those cards came back as BGS 9.0 cards. The one of ten President’s Edition card and the BGS 9.5 card were both purchased direct from other collectors.
The seller has also decided to donate 10% of the total sale price to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The auction runs through next Monday. As of Monday night, there were no bids. You can see both cards here.