The last out ball from the 1986 World Series sold for $71,700 over the weekend, leading the second and third days of the fall Heritage auction. The inscribed ball had been in the collection of the late Gary Carter, who was the Mets catcher on that October night 30 years ago when New York completed its comeback against the Boston Red Sox.
Carter’s awards, game-used gear and numerous personal items were sold in the auction, which included the $1.1 million sale of a PSA 8.5 rated 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle.
Nearly 5,000 lots were offered over the three sessions. Other items sold Friday and Saturday nights included:
- 1930s Lou Gehrig game-worn pants $50,190
- 1933 Who’s Who in Baseball with 467 autographs $40,630
- Circa 1940 single-signed Honus Wagner baseball $40,630
- 1972 Hank Aaron game-worn, autographed jersey $35,850
- 1979-80 OPC Wayne Gretzky rookie card PSA 9 $31,000
Love of the Game wrapped up its catalog auction on Saturday night with collectors chasing several hundred items including portions of a monumental find of 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack cards.
A 1914 Christy Mathewson, graded PSA 2.5 topped bidding at $49,837. A PSA 3 Joe Jackson sold for $28,290 while a newly discovered example of the rare 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie card rated 3.5 by PSA, found a new home for $22,140.
All listed prices include buyer’s premiums.
We don’t know exactly how many complete sets of 2016 Topps NOW cards were pieced together but based on print runs released by the company, that number was likely fewer than 250—possibly fewer than 200.
The first complete set of 665 cards to be offered for auction went up on eBay last week and bidding was set to close Sunday night. The set offered by the seller also included All-Star cards and the off-season sets of award winners that were released last week. While the seller used ‘Topps_NOW’ as his ID, it wasn’t the company’s listing.