1933 Goudey Ruth (PSA NM-MT 8) realized $28,050.
1933 Goudey Ruth (PSA NM-MT 8) realized $28,050.

Brian Drent, President of Mile High Card Company in Colorado, held another successful sportscard and memorabilia auction that closed on April 24th grossing $410,897. Once again, the high-grade PSA cards stole the show with many cards breaking all known price records for particular examples. Let's take a look at some of the highlights.

To begin with, the vintage cards were on fire! Ty Cobb's 1914 Cracker Jack card, graded PSA NM-MT 8, brought $39,249 while a PSA Mint 9 1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle brought $39,202. Drent wasn't so surprised at the price realized for the Cobb but the Mantle was a different story. "The Cobb is one that didn't surprise me because of the legendary status of that card," explained Drent. "That card is a known rarity in any grade and, to have one graded PSA 8 is something special. The Mantle, on the other hand, surprised me a little because I thought it would get a lot of attention but not that much. The Mantle is deceptively tough in high-grade and a PSA 9 example hasn't been offered in a while so it seems that collectors really did their homework."

There were several other strong prices. A 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144, graded PSA NM-MT 8, realized $28,050. A 1952 Bowman Yogi Berra, graded PSA Mint 9, realized $15,231, which is a record price, paid for that card. It may come as no surprise to some because of the fact that it is the #2 card in the set making it a condition rarity. A PSA 8 example of a 1951 Bowman Ted Williams realized a solid $3,520 as well. "Williams has been hot for some time now and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight, " explained Drent. "His cards have so much to offer because most of them are tough, attractive and he was such an amazing player."

Two other rarities were offered. A 1954 Wilson Wieners Nellie Fox, graded PSA NM-MT 8, sold for $2,888. Those cards are incredibly tough so that one wasn't much of a surprise. On the other hand, a 1971 Kelloggs Roberto Clemente, graded PSA Gem Mint 10, sold for an amazing $3,230. Wow! Anyone have any old boxes of cereal?

Willie Mays also seems be hot. His 1953 Topps card, graded PSA NM-MT 8, realized $9,009, which is a very strong price, paid for that card but, with the famous Gem Mint 10 example selling for nearly $100,000 last year, maybe this one's a bargain. Other notables, all graded PSA Mint 9, were: 1954 Topps Al Kaline ($8,470), 1954 Topps Moose Skowron ($1,429), 1956 Topps Dodger Team ($3,786), 1957 Topps Frank Robinson ($4,950), 1957 Topps Billy Martin ($1,139), 1960 Topps Stan Musial ($3,951), 1960 Topps Roberto Clemente ($2,420), 1962 Topps Ernie Banks ($3,520), 1963 Topps Stan Musial $2,932, 1965 Topps Roger Maris ($1,139), and a 1965 Topps Bob Gibson ($1,123).

To look at all the prices realized, click here.


Joe Orlando has been an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia for over 25 years. Orlando attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied communications and was the starting catcher for the baseball team. After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Orlando obtained a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Southern California in the spring of 1999. During the last fourteen years, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. Orlando has also authored two books for Collectors Universe. Orlando's first book, The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby, was released in the summer of 2002. His second book, Collecting Sports Legends, was released in the summer of 2008. Orlando has appeared on several radio and television programs as a hobby expert including ESPN's award-winning program Outside the Lines and HBO's Real Sports, as the featured guest. Currently, Orlando is the President of PSA and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication services in the hobby. He is also Editor of the company's nationally distributed Sports Market Report, which under Orlando's direction has developed into a leading resource in the market. Orlando also contributed the foreword and last chapter to The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories, a 2010 release, and to The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, a 2013 release.
A 1951 Bowman Ted Williams sold for a solid $3,520
A 1951 Bowman Ted Williams sold for a solid $3,520
Mile High sold a 1952 Topps Ed Mathews (PSA NM-MT 8)  for $26,942.
Mile High sold a 1952 Topps Ed Mathews (PSA NM-MT 8) for $26,942.