Heritage Auctions is offering several cards that could crack the six-figure mark in its newly launched May catalog auction.
A 1916 M101-5 Blank Back (Sporting News) Babe Ruth rookie graded PSA 7 is one of only three at that level (three others have been rated 8) and could reach $600,000 when bidding concludes next month.
Also expected to command a big price is one of the four PSA 10 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle cards. Dating from Mantle’s Triple Crown season, the card is among the most coveted of the post-war era. PSA has graded over 5,400 ’56 Mantle cards in all but this one could sell for $350,000 or more, according to a pre-sale estimate.
One of the nine rare 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie cards is also in the auction. Just 85 (including qualified grades) Lajoies from the 1933 Goudey issue ever have been submitted to PSA. Nine have garnered a Mint 9 rating and none has scored Gem Mint 10. Bidding has already soared to $180,000 with the buyer’s premium against a $200,000 pre-sale estimate.
Bidders have also jumped on a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle graded PSA 8. Plagued by gum and wax stains, the 1951 issue of Bowman designs have a population less than half of that of the 1952 Topps collection. Bidding had touched six figures as of Monday night.
The auction does include a PSA 7 1952 Topps Mantle, which is expected to reach at least $150,000 before the close of bidding.
Interest in Joe Jackson cards continues to be strong in a red-hot market. Heritage is selling a 1915 card of Shoeless Joe, carrying a PSA 8 grade and also expected to sell for at least $100,000. There’s also a 1916 M101-5 Sporting News Blank Back Jackson rated PSA 8 and a rare 1920 Holsum Bread Jackson graded SGC 30.
Nineteenth century cardboard fans will find the highest graded example of the 1887 N690 Kalamazoo Bats Harry Wright. The SGC 60 (EX) card is expected to sell for at least $30,000.
Bidding is already underway in the auction, which includes over 2900 items in all. Items will close May 11, 12 and 13.