One of only two 1970-71 Topps Pete Maravich rookie cards to be awarded a PSA 10 grade is among the lots in PWCC’s new June Vintage Card Auction.
PSA has graded nearly 3,800 examples of Maravich’s rookie card with only two having been awarded the Gem Mint designation. The large format cards were often too big to fit in protective sleeves and were prone to production mishaps, so they are difficult to find at the highest grades.
A PSA 10 hasn’t’ sold since 2015 when SCP Auctions sold one of the two for $130,054. The card being offered by PWCC is the other copy.
The auction from PWCC, which was acquired by Fanatics a month ago, has 85 vintage trading card lots in all.
Basketball collectors will also see a PSA 8 1957-58 Topps Bill Russell rookie card graded PSA 8.
The only Topps issued card from his playing days, the Russell rookie offered in the auction is one of 48 non-qualified PSA 8 examples. Only five others have graded higher.
One of the hobby’s better copies of the 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #181 is also expected to bring a big price. One of four Ruth cards in the set, the non-action portrait of Ruth has been graded nearly 1,300 times by PSA with 32 garnering an 8 grade (eight higher).
Another Ruth card on the block is the 1922 W575-1 strip card. Graded. PSA 3.5 VG, it features a black and white action shot as opposed to the popular lithograph prints that reigned supreme at the time.
The card being offered by PWCC It is the highest graded example to date and also carries a top 15% eye appeal designation from the company.
Other highlights include one of the 123 PSA 8 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente rookie cards and a 1939 Play Ball Ted Williams rookie graded 9 by CSG that also carries a PWCC -s (Superior-Top 5% eye appeal designation.
The auction is set to run through July 6 at PWCCMarketplace.com.
The company’s weekly auction, which includes both modern and vintage cards is set to close Sunday.