Mile High Card Company kicked off its Summer Auction Monday, one that features a mix of rare century-old cards and some high-end modern issues as well as a huge array of milestone ticket stubs.
Among the vintage rarities–a 1916 D350-1 Standard Biscuit #151 Babe Ruth card graded PSA 2 GOOD and a 1917 H801-8 Boston Store #147 Ruth rated SGC 3.5 VG. Among the current era cards: a 2000 Playoff Contenders #144 Tom Brady Rookie Ticket Autographed SGC 10 GEM MINT, a 2009 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Mike Trout 04/50 PSA 9 MINT AUTO 10 and a 2013 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection #R11 Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Auto-Violet 1/1 PSA 8 NM/MT.
“There’s a wide variety of material to view here and we feel strongly that everyone will find something worth pursuing,” saidMHCC President Brian Drent.
Other key cards in the July Auction include 1910 E98 Set of 30 Honus Wagner Red PSA 9 MINT, a 1910 E98 Set of 30 Wagner Green PSA 8 NM/MT; a 1910 E98 Set of 30 Johnny Evers Red PSA 9 MINT; a 1912 T202 Hassan Cigarettes #129 Ty Cobb Steals Third SGC 86 NM+ 7.5; a 1922 E120 American Caramel Babe Ruth PSA 3.5 VG+, a 1948 Bowman #36 Stan Musial rookie card SGC 92 NM-MT+ 8.5, a 1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson rookie PSA 6.5 EX-MT+, a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 2 GOOD; a 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente rookie SGC 84 NM 7; a 1957 Topps #400 Dodgers’ Sluggers Furillo/Hodges/Camp/Snider PSA 9 MINT; two rare cards from the 1961 Topps Dice Game test set (Leon Wagner and Del Crandall); a 1965 Topps #120 Frank Robinson PSA 10 GEM MT; a 1967 Topps #242 NL RBI Leaders Aaron/Clemente/Allen PSA 10 GEM MT; a 1957 Topps #138 Johnny Unitas rookie SGC 9 MINT; A 1966 Philadelphia #41 Jim Brown PSA 9 MINT, A 1955 Parkhurst #50 Jacques Plante PSA 8 NM/MT and A 1960 Hemmets Journal #23 Cassius Clay PSA 9 MINT.
The memorabilia and autographed section includes a high-grade 1910s Ty Cobb “Fan for a Fan” as well as a Babe Ruth Single Signed Pacific Coast League ball PSA/DNA Graded NM/MT 8, a Christy Mathewson signed check PSA/DNA MINT 9, a 1914 B-18 Blanket collection of 145 Including Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson; a Jimmie Foxx single-signed baseball (PSA/DNA); a 1939 First Day Cover signed by Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron; a 1924 Walter Johnson statue by Ulric Dunbar, a 1930 New York Yankees team signed American League (Barnard) ball with 17 signatures Featuring Ruth and Gehrig and a Mickey Mantle autographed magazine page with an early career signature.
Collectors of unopened material will see some high-quality offerings that haven’t been seen in recent memory, with highlights including a rare 1967 Topps Punch Out pack (the only one known to exist), a 1952 Topps 1st Series pack GAI 6.5 EX/MT+, a 1960 Topps 4th series cello pack with Mickey Mantle on top PSA 5 EX, a 1970 Topps Baseball 4th Series full box, a 1978 Topps Baseball three-box rack case, a 1979 Topps Baseball six-box rack case; a rare 1989 Topps Heads Up! Baseball Stars test box and a 1957 Topps Basketball nickel wax pack.
Set collectors have a chance at a variety of issues including the 13th best 1953 Bowman Black & White Complete Set on PSA’s Set Registry; the third rated 1954 Johnston Cookies Braves set; the sixth best 1948 Leaf Boxing set and the top-rated 1951 Bowman Red Menace set. There are also complete sets of 1955 Topps and 1966-67 Topps hockey as well as a complete run of 1961 Post Cereal company issued cards still on uncut sheets.
Drent says the auction includes “an unprecedented selection of ticket stubs, press passes, league passes and presidential inauguration tickets.” Stretching as far back as the 1800’s and traveling over a century forward, there are over 500 PSA authenticated tickets and tickets stubs, with World Series pieces from 1910-1995 including a full ticket to the 1908 World Series, memorable moments such as Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot”, Maris’ 60th and 61st homer, Don Larsen’s perfect game, “The Catch”, “The Billy Goat Curse”, Hank Aaron’s record-breaking HR #715 and even Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game.
There are also ticket stubs to the major league debut of Mantle, Aaron, Yastrzemski, Ryan, Carew, Gibson, Marichal, Carlton, Drysdale, Frank Robinson, Rizzuto, Kiner, Ford, Palmer, Eckersley, Rickey Henderson and others; the first career home runs of Mays, McCovey, Rice, Garvey and Ripken, first win for Feller, Ford, Koufax and Carlton, the 500th home run for Mantle, T. Williams, Schmidt and Banks, the 3000th hit for Aaron, Rose, Musial and Clemente, no-hitters and/or perfect games by Koufax, Feller, Marichal, Gibson, Eckersley and Bunning and more.
There are also press and league passes ranging from the 1870s through to 1995 as well as tickets to the inauguration ceremonies of President Grant, Cleveland, B. Harrison, McKinley, Taft, Wilson, FDR, JFK, LBJ and Nixon.
To bid in the current auction or receive more information on consigning to future auctions, visit the company’s website.