A 1916 Weil Baking Company Babe Ruth card sold for over $89,625 in the recently completed catalog sale conducted by Heritage Auctions. The SGC 60 example of one of Ruth’s earliest cards was part of a three-day auction that generated $8.3 million.
“Years in the auction business has taught us to expect the unexpected,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage, “but this auction provided results that soared past even our most optimistic predictions.”
The trading card session on Thursday, May 14, accounted for more than $4 million of the auction total and set several new records across the spectrum. Among the new plateaus: a PSA 5 example of Honus Wagner’s 1911 M110 Sporting Life card, sold for $10,755 including the buyer’s premium and that was also the final price for a PSA 10 1984 Topps USFL Reggie White.
A PSA NM 7 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie ended with a winning tally of $20,315, while a 1974 Topps Nolan Ryan rated PSA 10 sold for $11,353.
The memorabilia session on Friday, May 15 included one of only two known 1961-62 oversized New York Yankees nodders which rocketed to $59,750.
The finest known example of a 1978 Super Bowl XII full ticket outpaced its $30 face value by a factor of 1000, dropping the hammer at $31,070. That price was matched by a 1921 Exhibit Card autographed by Babe Ruth. Three Olympic Gold Medals won by American swimmer Brooke Bennett saw an international field of collectors drive prices past $80,000.
“There’s no question that our global reach is the key factor in our long history of Olympic pricing records,” said Ivy.
1986 Fleer Basketball Wax Box With 36 PSA Graded Packs: Realized $33,460
Julius Erving Game Worn Philadelphia 76ers Jersey, MEARS A10: Realized $31,070
1936 Green Bay Packers NFL Championship Gold Watch Presented to Hall of Famer Clarke Hinkle: Realized $28,680
1980 Roberto Duran Championship Fight Worn Trunks from Sugar Ray Leonard I Bout: Realized: $26,290
1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Cap Anson/Baseball PSA NM 7: Realized $26,290
1914 Cracker Jack Del Pratt #93 PSA VG-EX 4: Realized $23,900
1959 Topps Mickey Mantle #10 SGC 96 Mint 9 – Realized $22,705
1957 Topps Bill Russell #77 PSA NM-MT 8: Realized $20,315
1947 Ebbets Field Opening Day Ticket Stub – debut of Jackie Robinson: Realized $16,730
Signed 1970 Topps Pete Maravich #123 PSA EX-MT 6: Realized $8,963.
The company will hold its next Platinum Night auction in July with a 1966 Mickey Mantle road flannel jersey, Muhammad Ali’s shoes from the 1975 ‘Thrilla in Manila’ fight against Joe Frazier, a 1930s Lou Gehrig cap and 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente PSA 9 among the items already consigned.