A recently-discovered 1948-49 Leaf baseball card of Hal Newhouser blasted into the stratosphere in the first Huggins & Scott auction of 2009.
Surfacing in early 2008, a never before seen 1948-49 Leaf card of Hal Newhouser, apparently a prototype for the set, finally came to auction nearly a year later when Huggins & Scott offered it in the company’s first 2009 sale. The card, graded ‘poor’ by SGC, sold for $80,000. With the buyer’s premium, the final realized price was $84,000.
The card varies from the Newhouser card that was released in that the pose, split-colored background and reverse biography are different. The card was apparently kept as a sample card and is believed to be one-of-a-kind.
The auction was the first run under the company’s new sliding scale buyer’s premium. Depending on the hammer price, buyers paid anywhere from 5% to 17 1/2%. The winning bidder of the Newhouser card paid only 5%.
A few other items in the sale cost the winning bidder just 7 1/2%. A baseball signed by members of the elite .400 hitters club: Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, George Sisler, Bill Terry and Ted Williams sold for $32,250. Believed to have been autographed when the guests appeared at a New York restaurant in 1958, the ball’s signatures were verified by James Spence Authentication.
Two signed Babe Ruth baseballs sold; one graded PSA/DNA 6.5 brought $9000 while another, ungraded but Spence-authenticated ball sold for $12,100. The original difference between the two winning bids was $3,000 but the higher hammer price cost the buyer 2.5% less in fees when it fell above the $10,000 threshold on the sliding scale.
Topping the vintage sports card listings were a 1935-36 Amalgamated press NHL hockey card set of 20 cards, all SGC-graded, which brought $51,062 and a 1915 T214 Victory Tobacco Ty Cobb, graded SGC 30, that sold for $20,900.
Other items included:
- 1865 gilded trophy ball from a game between 2 New York clubs $
- 1953 Mickey Mantle game-used bat PSA/DNA 7 $17,600
- 1950 Joe DiMaggio game-used bat PSA/DNA 6 $10,125
- 1915 Phillies World Series press pin $9562
For a complete list of auction items and winning bids, visit Huggins & Scott.