A collection of partial and complete autographed vintage baseball card sets attracted bidders in Collect Auction’s spring sale, which concluded Thursday night.
Headlining the group was a near set of 1958 Topps with 423 of 495 cards autographed that sold for $10,766 with the buyer’s premium. Featuring 189 deceased players’ autographs and 39 Hall of Famers, the set varied in condition. There were multiple autographs of players who appeared on one card including Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and others. Some cards were signed in ballpoint pen while others carry a felt-tip autograph.
Almost as impressive was a 409-card lot of signed cards from the 1963 Topps set. The group included 114 players who are no longer with us along with 22 Hall of Famers. It sold for $9,787.
Last fall, Collect offered a complete run of signed sets from 1974-90 that brought $87,750.
Other signed sets and near sets sold in Thursday night’s auction included:
- 1957 Topps (363 signed cards) $9,110
- 1962 Topps (417 signed cards) $8,897
- 1970 Topps (566 signed cards) $6,073
- 1979 Topps (699 signed cards) $5,012
- 1985 Topps (780 signed cards) $4,309
- 1986 Donruss (653 plus 55 update cards, all signed) $3,917
Other highlights from the auction conducted by the Wisconsin-based auction house included a 1960 Fleer Lefty Grove card with a Pepper Martin back, graded PSA 4. It sold for $4,414.
A Super Bowl XL Opus book with autographs of 35 living Hall of Famers brought $4,007, a 1971-72 Topps hockey vending box sold for $3,917, while two signed Roberto Clemente Topps cards (1962 and 1960, both authenticated by PSA/DNA) brought a combined total of $7,477.