The vintage card market is a busy place right now.
Bidding for the T206 Wagner (graded SGC 10 -poor) at Robert Edward Auctions currently stands at $350,000 without the buyer’s premium. It’s the only Wagner to surface at auction recently.
The massive catalog also includes dozens of other cards that don’t hit the market very often.
A rare 1916 Gimbel’s Babe Ruth rookie card was at $160,000 as of Thursday evening. There are multiple examples of the smoking hot 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle with an SGC 86 (NM) currently at $140,000 and a PSA 6 (EX/MT) at $75,000.
Bidding continues through Saturday night at RobertEdwardAuctions.com.
Mile High Card Company has a PSA 6.5 Mantle that has rocketed to over $135,000 with nearly a week left in the auction. The two Roberto Clemente rookie cards they’re offering in PSA 8 holders each passed $50,000 in recent days.
There are also multiple ’52 Mantles at Goldin Auctions, which wraps up with a live event Saturday night, and a PSA 9 1953 Bowman Mantle, which has touched $30,000.
We’re hearing that multiple wealthy investors are jumping on high-grade Michael Jordan rookie cards, driving prices to never before seen heights. With several days left, check out the bidding on this PSA 10.
If you’re interested in collecting—or investing—in high-end cards and memorabilia, David Seideman of Forbes has a column with some tips to keep in mind.
The Chicago Cubs seem to be the most popular pick for collectors in the Topps NOW program. The company sold 1,808 Jake Arietta no-hitter cards and 1,644 commemorating Kris Bryant’s six RBI day last week.
Topps offers print-on-demand cards commemorating milestones and events through NOW. Some days no cards are issued but more often than not, at least one or two are made available for a 24-hour period. Rangers rookie Nomar Mazara sold 1,427 cards when Topps made one available on April 10.
The cards are priced at $9.99, which might prevent most people from trying to complete a “set”, whatever that will entail when the season ends. However, there does seem to be an active secondary market for those who miss out on the 24-hour order period.
Taylor Bloom of Sports Techie talked with Jeff Heckman, the Director of New Product Development at Topps about the concept, the first four weeks of the program… and what’s ahead.
If you saw him, it’s not likely you ever forgot him. Former 1990s late night shopping channel host Don West got involved in pro wrestling for a while and later launched a sort of cardboard comeback with his ‘Wild West Deals’ website. It’s no longer active but he’s got a new sports talk radio gig in the state of Washington.