A 1916 M01-4 Babe Ruth topped bidding in Mile High Card Company’s Spring 2015 auction, with a PSA 5 (EX) example soaring to $90,053 in bidding that closed early Friday morning. Increasing in popularity with collectors and investors, the card had sold for $77,675 in another auction just four months ago.
A run of 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards in high grade sold for more than $100,000 combined. The #144 and #181 Ruth cards, each graded 8, brought $28,880 apiece, while a PSA 7 #53 sold for $27,505 and a PSA 7 #149 realized $24,367.
The second best 1961 Topps Baseball set on PSA’s Registry was offered either as a set or card-by-card and interest in the singles outpaced the set. The individual cards sold cumulatively for nearly $165,000.
A 1965 Topps Joe Namath PSA 8 rookie card sold for $22,394, almost double the previous record set in the December 2014 MHCC auction.
“We’re incredibly pleased with the overall results of the auction and presume it is an indicator that our industry is entering a bull market. The Goudeys and 1961 Topps card brought in some monstrous prices, and the Namath card … wow!” said CEO and President Brian Drent.
Issued 105 years ago, the 1910 Tip Top Bread set is a scarce regional with some popular cards. Mile High offered the highest graded PSA example of Honus Wagner and it didn’t disappoint, selling for $42,039. Just five years ago, the same card in the same grade had sold for $29,625.
Two high-end early 20th century baseball pin sets attracted strong bidding. A 1909-12 Sweet Caporal pin set, ranked second on PSA’s Registry, sold for $24,579 while the number one-rated Domino Disc set from the same era, sold for $21,226.
Fans of high-grade vintage football cards watched a PSA 8 1965 Topps joe Namath rookie card rise to $22,395 while a 191 Topps Joe Montana rookie card, graded PSA 10, sold for $14,954.
The company’s next auction is in June and consignments are being accepted. For more information, visit MileHighCardCo.com.