Not every 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle has been in a grading company holder for years. One ‘raw’ card was recently graded by PSA and had its origin in Alan “Mr. Mint” Rosen’s 1980s find. That card, graded NM 7, got its first taste of the auction market late last week, selling for $218,650 via Goodwin and Company.
That same auction resulted in yet another record price for the sizzling 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente rookie card, with a PSA 8 selling for $146,803. Another is up for auction now. A PSA 7 sold on eBay Sunday night for over $23,000 which wasn’t quite a record.
Three years ago Monday, a 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie card in a PSA 9 holder sold for $5,525. This auction, set to close Tuesday night, makes that seem like a quaint piece of history.
Mantle cards are scorching. His 1951 Bowman rookie card is now out of reach in mid-grade for most on a budget. You could have owned an EX/MT graded example for $5,000-$6,000 two years ago but a PSA 6 sold recently for $24,700.
A PSA 9 1958 Topps sold Sunday night for $38,988, blowing past the old record of $21,150 set just a year and a half ago. One of just 7 ’55 Bowman Mantles to be graded 9 by PSA brought $35,089.
A 1960 Topps Mantle brought $24,618 while a 1961 sold for $14,850.
Two high-grade Hank Aaron rookie cards sold Sunday night with an SGC 8.5 ending at $50,100.
Lelands will hold an auction of Muhammad Ali memorabilia in October. They’re calling it the “greatest assemblage of photographs, negatives and memorabilia to ever be offered publicly”.
You won’t find a sports bar in south Texas with more stuff than what’s inside Doubleday Bar of Champions in Port Isabell.
Rackrs.com produced a great-looking video about owner Manuel Hinojosa and his unique passions for art and collecting. Watch below. If you can’t see it, click here.