The last PSA 8 rated 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle sold at auction was less than three months ago when Mile High Card Company sold one for over $99,000—more than three times the auction level from just three years earlier. It’s possible that record will be shattered this month.
Bidding for another 8 at Memory Lane is now at around $85,000 with the buyer’s premium and there are still 11 days left in the auction.
A PSA 7.5 1952 Topps Mantle sits at nearly $183,000. The last recorded sale of a 7.5 was in 2010—for $37,453.
A collector from Wayne Gretzky’s Ontario hometown started the new year on a down note.
Mike Agriesti, who owns a car wash in Brantford, Ontario, arrived for work on Monday and saw the door to his business had been smashed. He knew immediately his collection of Gretzky items and hockey rookie cards was gone. He was right. He also lost some tools in the burglary, which happened over the weekend.
“The rarer items worth money I could never afford as a child. I dreamed of having them and wanting them,” he told a local newspaper for this story. “You work hard and you buy things that make you happy.”
Mike Stefanuk is from Saskatchewan; a long way from Vancouver. In the 1980s, the Canucks became his favorite team. They weren’t very good then, but that didn’t stop Mike from starting to become one of the biggest collectors of Canucks memorabilia you’ll find.
He shared it all with Van City Buzz—including photos of a man cave any hockey fan would die for.