Mile High Card Company is set to launch its latest auction on Monday, one that will include over 1, 500 lots, led by a 1929-30 era Babe Ruth bat and a long list of single cards, sets, lots and unopened material.
Post-War vintage cards up for grabs will include several of the hobby’s top rookie cards and other popular issues, notably:
- 1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson PSA 7 NM
- 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle PSA 6.5 EX/MT+
- 1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron PSA 8 NM/MT
- 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente PSA 8 (NM/MT and PSA 7 (NM)
- 1948 Bowman #36 Stan Musial PSA 8 NM/MT
- 1949 Bowman #224 Satchel Paige PSA 8 NM/MT
- 1949 Bowman #50 Jackie Robinson PSA 6 EX-MT
- 1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays PSA 6 EX/MT
- 1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays PSA 6 EX-MT
- 1954 Topps #94 Ernie Banks PSA 8 NM/MT
- 1955 Topps #123 Sandy Koufax PSA 8 NM/MT
- 1956 Topps #135 Mickey Mantle Gray Back PSA 8 NM/MT
- 1959 Topps #10 Mickey Mantle SGC 9 MINT
- 1962 Topps #1 Roger Maris PSA 9 MINT
- 1962 Topps #200 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 MINT
- 1969 Topps #260 Reggie Jackson PSA 9 MINT
- 1963 Topps #537 Pete Rose PSA 8 NM/MT
- 1957 Topps #77 Bill Russell PSA 8 NM/MT
- 1961 Fleer #43 Jerry West PSA 8 NM/MT
- 1969-70 Topps #25 Lew Alcindor PSA 8 NM/MT
- 1980-81 Topps Larry Bird-Magic Johnson PSA 9 MINT
- 1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan PSA 9 MINT
- 1986-87 Fleer Sticker #8 Jordan PSA 10 GEM MINT
- 1997 U.D. Game Jersey #GJ13 Michael Jordan PSA 9 MINT
- 2003 SP Signature #RI-LJ LeBron James Rookie Inkorporated PSA 9 MINT
- 1961 Fleer #36 Oscar Robertson PSA 8 NM/MT
- 1996 Topps Chrome #138 Kobe Bryant PSA 10 GEM MINT
- 1957 Topps #138 John Unitas PSA 8 NM/MT
- 1958 Alifabolaget #635 Pele PSA Authentic Altered
Collectors will see the breakup of the greatest Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali collection ever assembled, courtesy of three-time Super Bowl champion and avid collector Brandon Stokley. It includes over 200 lots featuring many rare European issues that haven’t been seen within the hobby in decades, as well as complete sets of autographed and limited-print cards that rank first on the PSA Set Registry.
Among the listings:
- 1960 Hemmets Journal #23 Cassius Clay Hand Cut PSA 9 MINT
- 1960 Hemmets Journal Panel #6 John Ljunggren/ Wilma Rudolph/ Cassius Clay /Harold Nielsen Hand Cut PSA 7 NM
- 1962 Swedish Rekord Journal Hand Cut Cassius Clay PSA 9 MINT
- 1966 Panini Campioni Dello Sport #377 Cassius Clay BVG 9.5 GEM MINT
- 1967 Panini Campioni Dello Sport #451 Cassius Clay PSA 10 GEM MINT
- 1968 Panini Campioni Dello Sport #308 Cassius Clay PSA 10 GEM MINT
Stokley’s collection also includes #1 rated PSA Set Registry groupings including a 2000 Upper Deck Master Collection set and multiple Ali sets created by Leaf Trading Cards, many of which were a major undertaking to complete.
Pre-War issues on the block include:
- 1903 Breisch Williams E107 Cy Young SGC VG 3
- 1915 Cracker Jack #68 Honus Wagner SGC 8 NM-MT
- 1915 Cracker Jack #88 Christy Mathewson SGC 8.5 NM-MT
- 1933 Goudey #149 Babe Ruth SGC 5 EX
- 1933 Goudey #149 Babe Ruth SGC 6.5 EX-NM+
- 1909-1911 T206 Ty Cobb Bat Off Shoulder SGC 5 EX
- 1911 C55 #38 Georges Vezina PSA 5 EX
- 1923 V145-1 Paterson #15 Howie Morenz PSA 4 VG-EX
Unopened material in the auction starts with a 1988-89 Fleer Basketball case, a 1972 Topps Baseball 5th/6th Series unopened wax box, 1974 and ’75 Topps Baseball boxes; a 1974-75 Topps Basketball box, a rare 1960 Topps Football cello box and 1975 and ’76 Topps Football wax boxes.
Numerous top-ranked sets are set to sell as well with the #2 rated 1953 Glendale Hot Dogs set on the PSA Registry; the top-ranked 1958 Hires Root Beer set (with tabs); the ninth best 1911 C55 Hockey set and the eighth rated 1936 O-Pee-Chee Series D Near Complete Set.
A complete 1933 Goudey baseball set, with some graded, a 1952 Topps set with a graded Mantle, a high-end 1955 Topps Baseball set and a fully graded near set (98/105) of 1951 Parkhurst Hockey.
In addition to the Ruth bat, there is also an official American League (Barnard) Ruth ball; one of two known multi-signed photos featuring Ruth, Cobb, Speaker, Wagner, Lajoie and Collins and single-signed baseballs of long ago greats along with Michael Jordan’s autographed game sneakers from Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals.
“This is the deepest auction from a perspective of headlining items that Mile High Card Company has ever had.” said MHCC CEO and President Brian Drent, “I know I said that very same thing the last two auctions, but this one really does go above and beyond them all.”
Mile High has a new auction format, with extended bidding set to start at 11 PM and each lot closing individually when no new bid is placed on that lot for 30 minutes. More details can be found on the company’s website.