A 1916 M101-5 Sporting News Babe Ruth rookie card graded PSA 7 (near mint) sold for $552,000 during the first of a three-day catalog sale conducted by Heritage Auctions last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The card is one of the three 7s in PSA’s Population Report (the company has graded only three as high as 8).
The cards section led off the auction, with dozens of high-grade and/or rare sports cards selling for a combined $5.8 million including a 20% buyer’s premium. In addition to the Ruth rookie, the rest of the top ten selling cards included:
1956 Topps Mickey Mantle #135 PSA Gem Mint 10, realized $360,000
1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle #253 PSA NM-MT 8, realized $168,000
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM 7, realized $168,000
1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb #30 PSA NM-MT 8, realized $144,000
1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson #103 PSA NM-MT 8, realized $102,000
1916 M101-5 Blank Back (Sporting News) Joe Jackson #86 PSA NM-MT 8, realized $84,000
1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #92 PSA NM-MT+ 8.5, realized $84,000
The rags-to-riches story of a garage sale find turned expensive World Series relic ended when a game-worn Yankees pinstripe jersey donned by Thurman Munson in the 1976 World Series sold Friday night for $78,000. It had been purchased with a pair of 1977 World Series game-worn Munson pants at an east coast garage sale about 38 years ago for just a few dollars and worn as a Halloween costume. Photo documentation linked it to game use by the popular late Yankee captain. Munson’s 1977 World Series pants sold for over $5,000.
In all, the auction netted $9.4 million.
Yogi Berra’s 1956 World Series championship wristwatch also drew a crowd of interested bidders before selling for $72,000.
Babe Ruth autographed memorabilia offered in the sale included a 1927-28 barnstorming photo of Ruth and Lou Gehrig, signed by both, which sold for $57,600 and a single-signed Ruth baseball graded 8 by PSA/DNA, which netted $55,260.
A 1910 Philadelphia A’s World Series pin awarded to outfielder Bris Lord, who was once traded for Joe Jackson, sold for $48,000.