A complete run of Mickey Mantle cards and some high grade pre-War Hall of Famers led the bidding party for Memory Lane’s final auction of 2008.
Recession talk may dominate the headlines, but there doesn’t seem to be much downturn in the value of old baseball cards.
Dozens of high quality, graded cards drew hundreds of bidders to Memory Lane Inc’s Winter Extravaganza Rarities auction over the weekend. The auction closed in the wee hours of Sunday morning, and while some buyers may be staying on the sidelines these days, over one dozen cards in the catalog reached into five figures before everyone finally went to bed.
The auction realized $1.557 million in successful bids.
A complete run of PSA 8-graded Mickey Mantle baseball cards highlighted the sale. The Bruce Griggs collection was a ten-year accumulation of Mantle cards beginning with his 1951 Bowman rookie and ending with Mantles final cards as an active player in 1969 Topps. Sold individually, the collection had been ranked among the best on the PSA Set Registry.
Griggs’ 1952 Topps Mantle drew nine bids before selling for $68,000. With the buyer’s premium added on, the final selling price landed at $79, 900. The entire run of 33 cards in the Griggs Mantle collection brought a total of $164,740.80. Other Mantle cards in the group included:
- 1951 Bowman $19,951
- 1953 Topps $13,767
- 1954 Dan Dee $4392
- 1959 Topps $1948
- 1962 Topps $1560
- 1964 Topps Stand-Ups $1064
A 1954 Topps Hank Aaron graded SGC 96 drew 15 bids and sold for $24,651 including the "juice"; a 1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth, graded PSA 8 brought $18,189, a 1909-1911 T206 Sherry Magie error card, graded SGC 40, sold for $17,625 and a 1952 Topps Mantle in PSA 5 grade, found a buyer at $17,014.
Two high grade post-War complete sets drew a lot of attention. A 1954 Topps set ranked #13 on the PSA Set Registry, sold for $18,800 while a 1960 set, rated #10, will cost the winner $21,737.
A 1910 E98 complete set of 30 cards was sold for $16,253.
Among the sports memorabilia items offered were the 1978 pilot’s license that belonged to the late Yankees catcher Thurman Munson which sold for $7109 and a 1924 World Series program featuring twelve autographs including Walter Johnson and Hack Wilson. It found a new home at a price of $6928.
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