Some serious cash is being offered in this month’s stampede of rare and vintage baseball card and memorabilia auctions–and we’re nowhere near the finish line.
At the end of the day, it may be "just cardboard" but it’s clear that owning vintage baseball cards is something much more to a lot of people.
Older, high grade material continues to skyrocket in many instances and this month’s major auctions may be on their way to leaving last year’s prices in the dust.
A 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth "rookie" card offered by REA currently stands at $141,000 (with buyer’s premium factored in). A 1952 Topps PSA-graded set offered by the New Jersey-based company already has attained a $129,250 bid.
Mastro Auctions has offered portions of the Lionel Carter collection in its catalog with a 1938 Goudey Heads Up set currently leading the pack with a bid of $139,493 (without buyer’s premium). The set contains an SGC graded 98 (gem mint) Hank Greenberg and a mint Joe DiMaggio. A PSA 9-graded 1933-34 Goudey Nap Lajoie card is currently at $73, 154 while a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card graded PSA 9, stands at $68,353.
Memory Lane’s current sale closes Thursday night/Friday morning with a 1951 Bowman Willie Mays rookie card, graded PSA 9, exploding off the charts at $59,500 and a 1949 Bowman PSA 10 Duke Snider selling for $30,500 heading into the final hours.