One of two PSA 8.5 1965 Topps Joe Namath rookie cards sold Sunday night for a record $85,000.
PWCC’s Brent Huigens confirmed the completed sale of the card on Tuesday. His company offered it through its regular eBay auctions.
The selling price represents a stratospheric jump for a high-grade Namath rookie. In 2014, two sales were reported, with the highest at $15,850. In September 2014, MINT State privately sold one of the four PSA 9s at what was then an eye-popping $60,000.
PSA’s Sportscard Market Report price guide lists the value of a 9 at $125,000 in its April edition, but that may be conservative after the sale of the 8.5. No 9 has sold at public auction in recent years.
The photo for Namath’s first Topps card was taken in the hallway of a hospital as he recovered from surgery.
Elite Cards, a mobile-friendly online price guide that launched last year, has added pricing data for modern cards (1990-2014) to its vintage card pricing and lowered subscription prices.
Founded by Microsoft executive Ryan Hoge and a team of developers, Elite Cards tracks latest sales for cards in various grades. Users can see sales history and the current average price for each grade through the website.
Also among the features is a “favorites” list that offers quick access to sales history for a particular card a user adds to the list.
Elite Cards was developed in part to provide a better experience for the growing base of collectors who want access to a guide that’s usable when on a smartphone.
The new subscription rate is $49.95 per year or $4.95 per month.
“We’ve had solid growth in both visitors to the site, registered users, and paying members the last four months,” Hoge stated. “We made this change in pricing based in part of feedback we received from customers.”
Basketball Hall of Famer Dave Bing moved into a new house in the Detroit area recently. He went through some of his belongings and decided to hand over some of his career memorabilia to his children.
They put it up for auction.
Goldin Auctions is selling multiple items related to Bing’s college, pro and post-career life.
A Syracuse grad, the 72-year-old Bing told a local news outlet there that he wasn’t mad about their decision to sell his stuff.
Read the story and see some of the items at Syracuse.com.
Fanatics just completed a private signing with Sandy Koufax. The company has listed numerous autographed items on its website.
Koufax has been signing for the Topps Company for several years but rarely does other autograph sessions. His signed memorabilia isn’t cheap.
The 80-year-old legend autographed cards, baseballs, photos and specially-designed baseball gloves for Fanatics.
You can see the items available via this section on their website.