Yes, there was the $3.1 million sale of the T206 “All-Star Cafe” Wagner and the three other “Big Four” cards from the T206 set, but last week’s Mile High Card Company auction also saw several other records broken.
A 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb PSA 4 sold for $33,341, topping the old mark for the grade by nearly $11,000 while a Joe Jackson PSA 3 from the same set saw the record move from $45,000 to a new high of $75,791. A 1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth PSA 4 rookie card took in $361,873, destroying the previous mark of $215,100.
The record for the 1933 Goudey #106 Nap Lajoie SGC 5 EX went from $44,280 to $64,406.
On the post-War side, a 1964 Topps Pete Rose PSA 9 sold for $63,872, obliterating the old mark of $35,000. A 1966 Topps PSA 9 Roberto Clemente sold for $18,849, a $10,000 increase from the old record. A 1952 Bowman Large Otto Graham PSA 9 sold for a whopping $73,143. The old record? $9,999. A 1965 Topps Joe Namath SGC 8 rookie card went for $39,535, surpassing the old mark of $19,730.
Mile High will open its smaller Extra Innings Auction Monday with over 1,000 lots on the block.
“There’s no T206 Wagners or Babe Ruth rookie cards this time around, but there’s plenty of great items to entice the set-builder, vintage, and modern collector,” said MHCC President and CEO Brian Drent.
Leading off the event is a rare 1922 Neilson’s Chocolates Type II Babe Ruth (PSA 1), a T206 Polar Bear Ty Cobb Portrait Red (PSA 1.5 MC) and a 1911 T205 Gold Border Cy Young (PSA 3). The catalog runs the gamut from pre-War to post-War vintage and modern era cards.
The auction will run through April 13.
The Graig Kreindler painting of Roberto Clemente offered by Love of the Game Auctions sold for over $59,000 late Saturday night.
All proceeds are being donated to UnidosUS in honor of Clemente, who lost his life in a plane crash on December 31,1972 while still an active player.
The auction also included several other Clemente items including a 1955 Topps rookie card graded PSA 8 that sold for $79,199 and an autographed 1958 Topps card that went for $9,600.
It’s been several weeks, but a high-grade copy of Tom Brady’s most sought after rookie card is on the market. A BGS 8.5/10 version of the 2000 Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket (#25/100) is among 315 lots in PWCC’s Premier Auction. Bidding opened Friday and by Sunday, bidding had already topped $800,000.
Another copy in the same grade sold for over $2 million in February. A BGS 9/10 sold for $3.8 million around the same time. A PSA 8 example netted $1.3 million last month.
The auction also includes a BGS 9.5 2009 Panini National Treasures Steph Curry Rookie Patch Autograph (# to 99) with a current high bid of $600,000 and one of the 22 1980-81 Topps Magic Johnson/Larry Bird rookie cards graded PSA 10 (current bid $320,000).
The Topps/Dave & Adam’s collaborative card shop opened on a snowy Sunday in Cooperstown.
It’s a snowy April day in Cooperstown. A beautiful day for our soft opening! Come on in…we’re OPEN! Our team is excited to meet you. #Topps #baseball #mlb pic.twitter.com/o2y1xI5S2r
— Topps by Dave & Adam’s (@dacooperstown) April 3, 2022
Located just a short walk from the Baseball Hall of Fame, the first of its kind store carries both current and older Topps unopened product among the items in its inventory.
CitiField, the home of the New York Mets, will have a memorabilia shop this year. Amazin’ Memorabilia will offer autographed and game-used collectibles, according to this story, which also says there’s a new exhibit in the team’s Hall of Fame & Museum.
The craziest takeaway from the story, though, is that the team is installing facial recognition cameras at the entrances as physical tickets continue to go the way of the dodo bird.