1952 Topps Mickey Mantle NM-MT 8.
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle NM-MT 8.

More Auctions and a Product Update

In this week's Market Report, we have assembled more auction recaps from around the country including some fabulous prices realized for PSA graded cards and high-end memorabilia. The biggest auctions are still yet to close including two enormous offerings from Grey Flannel and Mastro Fine Sports. We will keep you informed on all the latest action.

Also included is a section called "Product Update." This section should prove useful for many of the modern card collectors out there who are interested in the latest products from your favorite card companies. We hope you enjoy the latest edition of the Market Report.

PSA Gems Lead the Charge at Andy Madec Auction

After some very competitive bidding, Andy Madec's 100-lot PSA card auction closed at $377,000. While the auction was not large in quantity, the quality of the 100 lots grabbed the attention of many high-end collectors. Madec is known for his discriminating eye and the prices realized serve as evidence of his reputation. Here's a look at some of the highlight of the auction:

  Card Price Realized
1
1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Cap Anson PSA NM-MT 8 $15,289
2
1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb PSA NM-MT 8 $39,310
3
T206 Napoleon Lajoie (Portrait) PSA NM-MT 8 $4,840
4
1941 Play Ball Jimmie Foxx PSA NM-MT 8 $3,765
5
1954 Topps Tommy Lasorda PSA Mint 9 $3,543
6
1955 Topps Ted Kluszewski PSA Mint 9 $2,928
7
1953 Bowman Bob Feller PSA Mint 9 $20,056
8
1953 Bowman Whitey Ford PSA NM-MT 8 $5,869
9
1954 Topps Whitey Ford PSA Mint 9 $5,418
10
1956 Topps Hank Aaron PSA Mint 9 $12,606
11
1959 Topps Mickey Mantle All-Star PSA Mint 9 $7,322
12
1956 Topps Larry Doby PSA Mint 9 $1,650
13
1959 Topps Fence Busters PSA Mint 9 $3,897
14
1962 Topps Gehrig and Ruth PSA Mint 9 $1,414
15
1964 Topps Don Drysdale PSA Mint 9 $842
16
1962 Topps Mickey Mantle All-Star PSA Mint 9 $9,892
17
1963 Topps Roger Maris PSA Gem Mint 10 $12,701
18
1964 Topps Willie Mays PSA Mint 9 $6,929
19
1968 Topps Willie Mays PSA Mint 9 $3,543
20
1965 Topps A.L. Batting Leaders PSA Mint 9 $1,788
21
1967 Topps Whitey Ford PSA Mint 9 $1,025
22
1967 Topps Don Drysdale PSA Mint 9 $752
23
1968 Topps Bob Clemente All-Star PSA Mint 9 $2,197
24
1972 Topps Pete Rose PSA Mint 9 $1,610
25
1971 Kellogg's Roberto Clemente PSA Gem Mint 10 $3,644

As you might imagine, Madec was very pleased with the results. "Overall, I thought it was a very healthy auction," explained Madec. "When we hold an auction, we always seem to have a steady group of bidders, but this time, a lot of new bidders participated."

When analyzing the auction, the prices reveal a familiar trend that has become more prevalent in the last year or so and Madec was quick to point it out. "Once again, the real high-end cards brought tremendous money," said Madec. "There were some real confident bidders participating in this auction. I think there is a great chance for a big upswing in the market like the one the hobby had a year or two ago. There seems to be some room for growth on the smaller cards and those cards represent a great value to consumers. The level of difficulty, the PSA Population Report, and the chance to own affordable Hall of Famers all play a big role in the interest."

As far as particular standouts, Madec pointed out a few key cards. "The Delongs and 1941 Play Balls received heavy interest in our auction," explained Madec. "Those sets are very popular and each one is difficult, especially the Delongs set. Mays cards seem to be very hot right now and every Whitey Ford and Don Drysdale example in our auction performed well for us. The bottom line is that if it was high-end and desirable, the card sold for a great price."

Andy Madec will present another quality offering sometime in the next few months. The Market Report will keep you posted on the outcome.

Gehrig Contract Shines at Christie's East Auction

Lou Gehrig's 1933 Major League contract with the New York Yankees sold for $35,250 at a Christie's East sale recently. The total sale came to $346,143 that included a variety of sports memorabilia. Other standout items include an unused 1953 Satchel Paige All-Star Game bat ($32,900), a Pedro Martinez game-used Montreal Expos jersey from 1995 ($2,820), a Tom Seaver game-used Cincinnati Reds jersey from 1980 ($4,113), a Michael Jordan game-used Chicago White Sox jersey from 1994 ($14,100), a 1998 Mark McGwire game-used bat ($9,400), and a signed 1988 Mark McGwire World Series game-used bat ($18,800).

Unfortunately, Mickey Mantle's and Mark McGwire's 500th home run baseballs failed to meet the reserves despite reaching the $250,000 and $280,000 levels. There were no immediate plans made for the baseballs following the sale, according to Christie's.

Athletes of the Century Steal Spotlight at American Memorabilia Auction

American Memorabilia's 233-lot auction closed with some interesting results recently. Some of the highlights included: Cy Young autographed baseball with PSA/DNA authentication ($5,314), a Ted Williams Gold Badge ($1,200), a pair of fight-worn Muhammad Ali trunks from 1978 ($9,680), a 1963 team signed/game-used Oakland Raiders AFL ball ($4,000), a Jack Tatum Ohio State game-used jersey from the 1969-1970 season ($3,692), a Rick Moser Super Bowl ring from 1980 ($10,000), a Rick Moser game-used helmet used in 2 Super Bowls ($2,197), an Upper Deck authenticated Mickey Mantle baseball with notations ($1,000), a Cal Ripken game-used batting helmet from 1995 ($1,739) and a Mother's Cookies prototype shirt autographed by Mark McGwire ($1,300).

This is just a sampling of results from the auction and the entire auction can be viewed on American Memorabilia's web site at www.ami21.com. They are currently seeking consignments for their next auction.

Jimmie Foxx Baseball Highlights Incredible Autograph Auction

A phenomenal group of autographed baseballs, including a Jimmie Foxx single signed ball that sold for an amazing $48,647, helped highlight Mike Gutierrez's 551-lot auction. Mike Gutierrez Auctions, a division of Mastronet Inc., finished with a sales total of $820,047. Other highlights from the sale include signed balls from Home Run Baker ($5,299), Mickey Cochrane ($5,244), Ed Walsh ($6,412), Napoleon Lajoie ($11,641), Branch Rickey ($7,054), Dazzy Vance ($6,980), Ernie Lombardi ($6,898), Paul Waner ($7,760), Wally Pipp ($5,181), Ty Cobb ($10,835), 1927 Yankees ($68,728), and the 1961 Yankees ($16,272). Other highlights include a Babe Ruth 2x3 card ($5,700) and a "Kid" Nichols Hall of Fame plaque card ($4,085).

Mike Gutierrez is currently seeking consignments for his next autograph auction and the entire auction catalogue can be viewed on Mastronet's web site at www.mastronet.com

Mile High Auction Receives Sky-high Prices for PSA Rarities

After the bidding wars came to an end for the great selection of high-grade PSA graded cards, Mile High's 100-lot auction closed with sales totaling $491,687. While the high-end material seemed to bring strong prices across the board, there were some definite highlights including a 1951 Bowman Willie Mays rookie card graded PSA NM-MT 8 that brought a record $28,875. Here's a look at some of the highlights:

  Card Price Realized
1
1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA Gem Mint 10 $79,451
2
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8 $31,985
3
1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth PSA NM 7 $15,409
4
1937 O-Pee-Chee Bob Feller PSA NM-MT 8 $5,644
5
1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio #250 PSA NM-MT 8 $21,179
6
1941 Play Ball Ted Williams PSA NM-MT 8 $12,007
7
1952 Topps Willie Mays PSA NM-MT 8 $8,001
8
1953 Topps Willie Mays PSA NM-MT 8 $11,550
9
1960 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA Mint 9 $7,564
10
1961 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA Mint 9 $6,861
11
1969 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8 $6,632
12
1971 Topps Hank Aaron PSA Gem Mint 10 $12,128
13
1959 Topps Mickey Mantle Hits 42nd PSA Mint 9 $3,714
14
1964 Topps Giants Roberto Clemente PSA Mint 9 $1,223
15
1968 Topps Bob Clemente PSA Mint 9 $3,221
16
1968 Topps Mets Team PSA Gem Mint 10 $1,331
17
1952 Bowman Large Tom Landry RC PSA NM-MT 8 $1,450
18
1962 Topps Jim Brown PSA NM-MT 8 $888
19
T206 Rube Marquard (Hands at Thighs) PSA Mint 9 $5,484
20
1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8 $5,271

The numbers were very impressive and Brian Drent, President of Mile High Card Co., was very pleased. "I was very happy with the results," explained Drent. "There were some great numbers for many of the lots like the 1951 Bowman Mays and the 1916 Sporting News Ruth. The Ruth card is a very important issue and a nice example has not come up for sale in a long time so it was good to establish a price for that card. Right now, collectors are becoming more and more knowledgeable about the hobby. We are seeing higher prices for cards that are high-end for the grade. As buyers become educated, they are more willing to pay premiums for quality items."

The one card that stood out above the rest was the 1951 Bowman Willie Mays rookie card but Drent wasn't too surprised with the interest. "The 1951 Bowman Willie Mays is one of the three or four most undervalued cards from the 1950's and this example was incredible," said Drent. "Mays has to be right up there with Ted Williams as far as being considered the greatest living ballplayer. Mays, along with Hank Aaron, is very hot right now."

Drent also pointed out that there seems to be great interest in not only high-grade cards, but also some low-grade material. "There is definitely some room for price appreciation in the lower grades of star cards," explained Drent. "Key cards, in low-to-mid grades, are very liquid right now and those cards present an affordable alternative to the high-end stuff. The high-grade cards will always lead the way, but there is definitely a market for the lower grade cards."

Drent plans on running another high-quality auction sometime early next year and the Market Repor will keep you posted on the results.

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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.