Newly discovered Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan cards are among the headliners as Hunt Auctions opens it October Premier Live Auction.
As we reported last month, the auction includes a 1917 Collins-McCarthy Babe Ruth card that was recently found within the “Memory Book” kept by a young girl from Glenwood, Iowa. The book was assembled in the period and the Ruth card, was carefully preserved inside.
The modern era sports card market remains amazingly robust, and the October auction will showcase a fresh to the market copy of Michael Jordan’s 1984-85 Star Company rookie card graded Mint 9 by Beckett. Only three have been graded higher by BGS and the card is expected to sell for $75,000-$150,000.
Also included within the auction will be the fifth installment of the “Texan Collection” of vintage sports cards. Curated over a 40-year period, the collection is one of the finest assembled of its type with the initial offerings establishing record pricing for several card issues. Part V of the “Texan Collection” includes a 1911 Turkish Trophies advertising display with Ty Cobb L1 Leather (Est. $50,000-$75,000).
Other trading card highlights include:
-1933 Goudey #149 Babe Ruth (Est. $75,000-$125,000)
-1933 Goudey #53 Babe Ruth (Est. $15,000-$25,000)
-1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson Rookie (Est. $20,000-$30,000)
-1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie (Est. $10,000-$15,000)
-1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card (Est. $40,000-$60,000)
The third installment of items from a private collection of vintage baseball memorabilia is also a major part of the sale. Curated by a collector from the Northeast over a significant part of time, it includes vintage game worn jerseys, game used bats, and early photography dating from the 1890s-1970s period. The offering will take place over a number of auctions with numerous unique pieces, most notably in the category of vintage game worn jerseys, set to go up for sale.
-Philadelphia Athletics professional model home jersey c.1921-23 (Est. $5,000-$10,000)
-1892-1906 Wright & Ditson Minute Book autographed by George Wright and A.G. Spalding (Est. $7,500-$15,000)
-Cleveland Spiders team photograph with Cy Young c.1892 (Est. $5,000-$10,000)
-1916 Boston Red Sox team photograph with Babe Ruth (PSA/DNA “Type I”) (Est. $7,500-$15,000)
-1920-22 New York Yankees and Giants photograph archive (Est. $5,000-$10,000)
Pre-bidding continues through October 12 and the auction culminates with a live finish on October 13. The online catalog is available at HuntAuctions.com.