Sports Collectors Daily

Notes: Wagner, Vintage Wax Update; NM Mantle RC Sale

Bidding for the T206 “Original” Honus Wagner card at SCP Auctions is now at $417,724 heading into the final three days.  

There’s a 20% buyer’s premium tacked on at the end so it’s safe to say it’ll realize somewhere north of $500,000–not a bad investment considering consignor J. Ross Greene paid $48,500 in 1996 ($75,586 in today’s dollars).  And it’s likely there will be at least another bid or two placed before Saturday night’s close.

The last PSA 1 Wagner sold for $402,900 via Robert Edward Auctions in 2013.

Wagner cards have proven to be good investments, even compared to some blue chip stocks

The rest of Greene’s collection isn’t too shabby either.  

Meanwhile the partial box of unopened 1948 Bowman baseball packs discovered in an attic this spring has soared to over $171,000 at Mile High Card Company.

The auction still has a week to go.

The big find of numerous decades-old unopened boxes it was part of has gotten a huge crush of national media attention, including a story in the New York Times.

Bidding for the boxes has pushed well past $300,000 already. 

Albert Pujols got his 600th home run ball back but #585 is up on the MLB Auctions website.  The jersey worn by Hunter Strickland when he threw at Bryce Harper and ignited a fight was pulled just before the close Wednesday.  No reason was given but the odd nature of the auction had gotten a lot of publicity.

A PSA 7 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle sold on eBay Wednesday night for $37,002. That’s generally in line with a few other sales that have taken place in the last several months. The 1952 Topps Mantle in the same grade sells for four times as much than the Mick’s rookie card and while it comes with a great story and is for some the “face of the hobby”, there are only 37 more ’51 Bowmans so the disparity seems much too wide in a hobby so focused on rookie cards.

Just one man’s opinion.