Rare sports memorabilia is not participating much in the recession. High-grade vintage baseball cards may not always set selling price records these days, but you’ll still need a nice bankroll to participate at the high levels. Pre-War baseball cards are still among the most sought after in the hobby.
Vintage baseball card specialist Goodwin & Company just closed out its latest auction with bidding on five lots topping $50,000. A 1912 Hassan Triple Folders set, ranked second on PSA’s Set Registry, brought $106,911 including the buyer’s premium of 17.5%. A 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders set reached $69,588.
One of a small number of Babe Ruth baseball cards picturing him as a member of the Boston Red Sox always draws a crowd and a 1915 Sporting News Ruth card, graded a respectable PSA 5, will cost the winner $56,459.
One of the most rare T206 baseball cards was for sale in the Goodwin auction. An Eddie Plank graded PSA 3 (VG) drew 21 bids and a realized price of $52,639. There was no T206 Wagner in this auction, but a 1905 Sporting Life card of Wagner, graded SGC 50, went for $52,114. There were some high grade T206s drawing strong interest, though. A T206 Frank Chance portrait sold for $48,523, the same price as a T206 Hughie Jennings (PSA 9–none higher) and a Bobby Wallace (PSA 9–one of two). PSA Set Registry combatants slugged it out over a phenomenal PSA 10 Piedmont T206 of George Mullin brought $47,853.
Two of the hobby’s most desirable cards, a 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie (PSA 4), and a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (SGC 84) were purchased for $29,711 each.
Other sales included:
- 1888 Goodwin Champions Cap Anson (PSA 7) $23,184
- 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth (PSA 8) $21,076
- 1965 Topps baseball set (#9 on PSA Registry) $21,047
- 1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio rookie (SGC 92) $19.618
- 1955 Topps All-American football set (all PSA 8) $19,618
- 1937 OPC Hockey set (#3 on PSA Registry) $17,417