1935 Goudey Brandt, Maranville, McManus, Ruth # NM-MT 8 . Final bid: $9,718.00.
1935 Goudey Brandt, Maranville, McManus, Ruth # NM-MT 8 .  Final bid: $9,718.00.

Superior Sports Auctions, a division of Collectors Universe, closed its Fall auction on Thursday, September 28, 2000. Superior's auctions are noted for their incomparable selection of vintage, extremely high grade sportscards and memorabilia. In this auction, the selection of high-grade PSA graded cards was incredible, resulting in fierce bidding on select rarities. When the bidding ended, the total from over 780 auction lots was $1,191,307. While the quality was tremendous throughout, there were some definite standouts in the auction. Here's a peek at some of the highlights of the auction:

Card Price Realized
1
1933 Goudey #8(common) Roy Johnson PSA 8 NM-MT
$10,293
2
1933 Goudey #101(common) Richard Coffman PSA 8 NM-MT
$8,631
3
1935 Goudey Babe Ruth PSA 8 NM-MT
$9,718
4
1948 Leaf Joe DiMaggio PSA 8 NM-MT
$19,090
5
1948 Bowman Stan Musial PSA 9 Mint
$15,525
6
1953 Topps Satchel Paige PSA 9 Mint
$11,500
7
1953 Topps Eddie Mathews PSA 9 Mint
$4,140
8
1956 Topps Ernie Banks PSA 9 Mint
$4,612
9
1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski PSA 9 Mint
$4,715
10
1962 Topps Ernie Banks PSA 9 Mint
$3,795
11
1963 Fleer Carl Yastrzemski PSA 10 Gem Mint
$5,750
12
1963 Topps Ernie Banks PSA 9 Mint
$3,910
13
1964 Topps Hank Aaron PSA 10 Gem Mint
$9,488
14
1965 Topps Hank Aaron PSA 9 Mint
$4,255
15
1968 Topps Nolan Ryan PSA 9 Mint
$7,475
16
1970 Topps Reggie Jackson PSA 9 Mint
$4,140
17
1961 Fleer Jerry West PSA 9 Mint
$4,485
18
1960 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 9 Mint
$6,983
19
1964 Topps Giants Mickey Mantle PSA 9 Mint
$2,415
20
1957 Topps Willie Mays PSA 9 Mint
$9,200
21
1959 Topps Willie Mays PSA 9 Mint
$9,143
22
1960 Topps Willie Mays PSA 9 Mint
$6,153
23
1968 Topps Willie Mays PSA 9 Mint
$3,566
24
1970 Topps Willie Mays PSA 9 Mint
$4,084
25
1971 Topps Willie Mays PSA 9 Mint
$6,843
26
1933 Delong Mickey Cochrane PSA 8 NM-MT
$4,715
27
1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA 8 NM-MT
$8,050
28
1958 Topps Bob Clemente Yellow Letters PSA 8 NM-MT
$6,038
29
1963 Topps Power Plus (Aaron/Banks) PSA 9 Mint
$7,481
30
1962 Topps Carl Yastrzemski PSA 9 Mint
$4,543

This is just a sampling of highlights from the big auction. Many of the more expensive lots performed solidly but, according to Superior's Chris Porter, it was another type of card that stole the show. "When you look at the prices realized for this auction, the lots that stick out immediately are ones that featured quality cards that were more affordable in comparison to the $15,000-$20,000 plus key cards." Porter, Superior's Auction Director, added "There were many instances where a lot would have a minimum bid of less than $200-$300 but the final price ended up in $2,000-$3,000 range or more. These types of lots seemed to draw the most competitive bidding of the auction."

The "Mint Parade" had a fantastic selection of sportscards that fit the description that Porter offered and he continued to explain the phenomenon. "As you climb the ladder in terms of price, only so many people can afford a $20,000 plus card but there are numerous bidders who can spend $1,000-$10,000 without hesitation and that's part of the reason for the success of lots that featured those types of cards. We are seeing more and more new collectors come into the market and, usually, they start with less expensive cards and build their way up. The new collectors help drive the market on the high-end but still affordable rarities."

The auction was another success for the company, and Superior will be holding its next auction on Thursday, December 7th, 2000. For more information or to register to bid, please contact Superior Sports Auctions at (231) 922-9862.


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.
1953 Topps Satchell Paige #220 MINT 9 card.
1953 Topps Satchell Paige #220 MINT 9 card.