Bidding for the PSA 2 T206 Honus Wagner currently for sale through Heritage Auctions is now at $657,250. That’s a new record and the auction still has two weeks to run. The Wagner card last sold for $675,000 via Lelands in 2014.
The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle graded 8.5 still hasn’t cracked the $1 million mark, despite a strong flurry at the start of online bidding. With the buyer’s premium factored in, the Mantle card sits at $956,000.
One of the top football cards in the hobby is also seeing strong action. The PSA 9 1958 Topps Jim Brown has a current price of $352,525. Only five Brown rookies have been rated as high as 9 with no 10s graded thus far. The dark background on the card makes it exceptionally tough to locate in high grade.
A PSA 8 Brown rookie is currently on eBay with bidding at over $10,000 heading into the final day.
There are over 5,000 lots in the auction, which is expected to generate over $12 million in sales.
“We’ve known that this auction was going to be something truly special since The National in August,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles. “That’s where we picked up the Wagner and the Mantle, which should alone account for more than $2 million on the ledger.”
Collectors Universe, parent company of PSA and PSA/DNA says revenues in the first fiscal quarter of 2017 increased by $1.1 million, or 8%, to $15.7 million from $14.6 million in last year’s first quarter.
That increase was driven by a $0.7 million, or 7%, increase in coin service revenues and a $0.4 million, or 11%, increase in cards and autograph service revenues.
The Great American Collectibles Show, an internet radio program, was scheduled to make its debut Wednesday night from 9 to 10 PM Eastern time. The National Sports Collectors Convention and PSA are behind the effort.
Listeners can hear the show live on PSAcard.com every Wednesday evening or listen to the podcast which will be available for the entire week until the next show airs.