The eventual winner of the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle graded PSA 8.5 will pay more than $1 million for it. Bidding in the sale being conducted by Heritage Auctions has now hit $900,000. With the buyer’s premium factored in, the card is assured to sell for at least $1.075 million but will likely push higher before the auction closes at the end of next week.
The card is one of just 12 in PSA’s Population report graded at 8.5 or better.
That won’t be the only expensive card sold, however. A PSA 2 T206 Honus Wagner sits at $657,250 with the buyer’s premium while a PSA 9 Jim Brown 1958 Topps rookie card is at $358,500. The auction includes more than 5,000 lots to be offered over three days.
Modern era card collectors (and investors) are circling around one of a small number of PSA 10 1993 Upper Deck SP Derek Jeter cards currently listed on eBay.
The auction has pushed past $33,000 and won’t end until Sunday night.
Topps put the wraps on its 2016 Election series with what I suppose you could call Donald Trump’s “rookie card” Wednesday.
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There are about 1.4 billion people in China and enough card collectors to keep shops in business. Beckett Grading is hoping to open a few more doors after a recent trip to the country.
While case breaking companies have spent time in Taiwan and Japan over the last couple of years, hoping to connect with shops and collectors there, China is a bit more complicated. The company, however, accepted an invitation from a shop in Shanghai that was celebrating its first anniversary.
Three Beckett employees spent six days in the country and came away impressed with the enthusiasm and activity. There was even a collector dressed as James Harden.
The original lineup cards from Jake Arrieta’s 2015 no-hitter against Mattingly’s Dodgers, signed by Mattingly and Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon, are among the lots along with signed jerseys from Ichiro and Andre Dawson.
Joe Torre will be the special guest at Mattingly’s fundraising event in his hometown of Evansville, IN. Money raised goes to support sports programs for underprivileged youngsters.