Cap Anson Old Judge Cabinet card
Cap Anson Old Judge Cabinet card

Documents and Displays Dominate at $5,000,000 Robert Edward Auction

Robert Edward Auctions has always offered high-end collectibles to the sports market and, judging by their latest sale, the tradition continues. When the auction closed, the final tally was $4,943,000 with many lots establishing new price records in various areas of the collecting world. Here's a peek at some of the highlights:

Item Price Realized
The Dugout by Norman Rockwell
T202 Christy Mathewson Advertising Poster
T202 Ty Cobb Advertising Poster
William Howard Taft Signed Baseball
T206 Ty Cobb with Ty Cobb Back PSA Authentic
Alexander Cartwright Letter with Baseball
Henry Chadwick Single Signed First Day Baseball
1923 Notre Dame Football Team Signed Photo
1969-1973 Wilt Chamberlain Game-Used Jersey
1887 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Cap Anson
1969 Topps Decal Factory Roll of 10,000 w/Willie Mays
1969 Topps Decal Factory Roll of 10,000 w/Reggie Jackson
1919 Chicago White Sox Team Issued Card Set
Dr. Seuss Original "Cat in the Hat" Drawing
"Don't be Cruel" Handwritten Song Lyrics by Elvis Presley
1966 Eddie Mathews Signed/Game-Used Jersey
1966 Billy Williams Signed/Game-Used Jersey
1981 Pete Rose Signed/Game-Used 3,630 Hit Jersey
1994 Ken Griffey Jr. Game-Used All-Star Glove
1965-68 Willie Mays Game-Used H&B Bat
1971-1979 Roberto Clemente Game-Used Bat
Circa 1927 Babe Ruth Sporting News Die-Cut Display
1928 Babe Ruth Fro-Joy Ice Cream Store Display Advertising Sign
Circa 1956 Mickey Mantle Signed Rawlings Display
1920 Joe Sewell Game-Used/Signed H&B World Series Bat
1986 Keith Hernandez Gold Glove Award
"Mickey Mantle" Original Painting by Leroy Neiman
1966 Topps Pete Rose #30 PSA 9 Mint
1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner PSA 1 PR-FR
1912 E300 Plow's Candy Ty Cobb PSA 5 EX
1915 M101-5 Sporting News Babe Ruth #151 PSA 7 NM
1916 Boston Store Babe Ruth #147 PSA 7 NM
1916 Boston Store Joe Jackson #82 PSA 7 NM
1965 Topps Frank Robinson #120 PSA 9 Mint
Babe Ruth's Last Game-Used Bat

There were many record setting results from the sale and Robert Lifson, President of Robert Edward Auctions, was happy to report the news. "I was really pleased with the results especially after being a bit concerned about the potential impact of the stock market," explained Lifson. "It was probably the worst week possible to hold an auction, but the bidders really came through. What we found was that collectors still want to collect regardless of the stock market. The impact of the stock market was virtually undetectable."

After looking at the highlight list, you can see that there were many incredibly strong prices realized in the sale. Lifson made note of several key items from the auction. "The T202 Mathewson display piece was one of only two known," said Lifson. "The other example sold in our July auction. We were concerned that a second example offered so soon after might not do as well, but when the bidding was over this piece set another record price at a little more than $67,000. We were very pleased with the results across the board."

There were also many other noteworthy, record breaking lots. "The T206 Ty Cobb with the Cobb back broke the previous record by over 50%," said Lifson. "The most we've ever sold this rarity for was $32,600. This example sold for a record $49,223. Our Henry Chadwick signed baseball also set a record, to the best of our knowledge, for the highest auction price ever paid for a non-Ruth single signed baseball. This lot appealed to some very advanced autograph collectors and it reflected in the price. We were also very proud to be able to offer such a tremendous selection of original artwork, especially the Norman Rockwell original oil (which sold for $345,000) and the collection of LeRoy Neiman paintings. This was a landmark sale for the hobby in terms of artwork, and exposed the sports collecting field to thousands of collectors of fine art for the first time."

Lifson was also quick to point out a building trend in the market. "At one time, the name PSA was synonymous only with high grade material," explained Lifson. "Now, collectors are appreciating having cards of all grades authenticated by PSA. There is a tremendous demand for PSA graded medium and even low grade vintage cards, especially rarities and stars such as Ruth and Gehrig, because they are more affordable and represent a solid value for collectors. This is definitely a trend. A lot of collectors are also realizing that when their cards are graded by PSA, it makes the whole process of both buying and selling easier. Many of our strongest prices were for PSA graded cards that were low-to-mid grade or obscure vintage issues."

Robert Edward Auctions is planning on a November sale and they are currently seeking consignments. Robert Lifson can be reached at (908)-226-9900.

Gem Mint Mantle Sets Record at Andy Madec Auction

You know what they say, "Records are made to be broken." When you combine the legendary Mickey Mantle with a grade of PSA Gem Mint 10, a price record is bound to be in jeopardy. When the bidding ceased at Andy Madec's last auction, a PSA Gem Mint 10 Mickey Mantle from the 1963 Topps set closed at $51,194. This final bid made history as the highest price ever paid for a 1960's baseball card. The overall auction finished with $379,000 in total bids and it featured many pristine rarities. Here's a look at some of the highlights from the sale:

Card PSA Grade Price Realized
1915 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson #88
1933 Goudey Dazzy Vance #2
1933 Goudey Sport Kings Babe Ruth #2
1887 Allen & Ginter Joseph Mulvey
1933 Goudey Lafayette Johnson #13
1950 Bowman Ted Williams #98
1949 Bowman Robin Roberts #46
1952 Topps Bill Wight #177
1952 Topps Harry Simpson #193
1955 Topps Hank Aaron #47
1961 Topps Bob Clemente #388
1956 Topps Sandy Koufax #79
1957 Topps Brooks Robinson #328
1958 Topps Roger Maris #47
1960 Topps Hank Aaron #300
1963 Topps Sandy Koufax #210
1963 Topps Stan Musial #250
1964 Topps Sandy Koufax #200
1970 Topps Thurman Munson #189
1963 Topps Mickey Mantle #200

PSA Gems Steal Show at Superior's Latest Sale

I think it is safe to say that it has been a long time since so many key PSA Gem Mint 10's been offered in one auction. Superior Sports Auctions had the pleasure of offering these fabulous gems to the collecting public and the results spoke for themselves. The auction finished with $579,396 in total bids and many of the prices set records. Here's a look at some of the highlights from the sale:

Card PSA Grade Price Realized
1953 Bowman Rizzuto/Martin #93
1957 Topps Ernie Banks #55
1958 Topps Pee Wee Reese #375
1959 Topps Yogi Berra #180
1959 Topps Fence Busters #212
1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski #148
1961 Topps Duke Snider #443
1961 Topps Ernie Banks All-Star #575
1961 Topps Roger Maris All-Star #576
1961 Topps Mickey Mantle All-Star #578
1962 Topps Bob Clemente #10
1962 Topps Ernie Banks #25
1964 Topps Yogi Berra #21
1964 Topps Willie Mays #150
1965 Topps Willie Mays #250
1968 Topps Hank Aaron #110
1968 Topps Hank Aaron #110
1968 Topps Nolan Ryan #177
1968 Topps Mickey Mantle #280
1968 Topps Manager's Dream #480
1953 Bowman Herman Wehmeier #23
1957 Topps Tony Kubek #312
1958 Topps Orlando Cepeda #343
1960 Topps Eddie Mathews #420
1967 Topps Eddie Mathews #166
1962 Topps Bob Gibson #530
1960 Topps Mickey Mantle #350
1964 Topps Mickey Mantle #50
1993 SP Derek Jeter #279
1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky #18

The auction was filled with very solid prices in virtually all areas of the catalogue. Chris Porter, Director of Auctions for Superior Sports, noticed the bidding balance. "There was no weakness to be found," explained Porter. "What we saw was a continued strength in the market at all levels. The solid demand, across the board, was a great sign for the hobby. When it came to the classic, power cards, the bids were there, no matter what sport."

The amount of quality PSA 10's caught the eyes of many bidders and Porter was pleased with the reaction from bidders. "We were very proud to be able to offer the amount of PSA 10's we had for this auction," said Porter. "It has always been our focus and we try our best each and every auction to provide the best of the best for our most discriminating clients."

While the 10's may have stole the show, Porter noticed a trend in collector demand. "During the last 3-4 months, there has certainly been an upward swing in post-war Hall of Fame rookie cards," explained Porter. "The 1950's and 1960's rookie cards of players like Yastrzemski, Ryan, and even guys like Cepeda have all enjoyed an upswing. It seems as if collectors are working their way back to the basics and rookie cards have always represented a classic way of assembling a collection."

Superior will be holding another auction in late June and they are currently seeking consignments. Chris Porter can be reached at 231-922-9862.

Mile High Auction Features Large Group of High-End PSA Cards

On April 17, Mile High Auctions will be holding a high-grade PSA auction featuring some major stars from days past including early "power" cards and various NM-MT and Mint issues up through the present. Some of the highlights include a PSA 9 T206 Christy Mathewson (dark cap), a PSA 8 1933 Goudey Sport King Babe Ruth, PSA 8 and 9 rookie cards of Mays, DiMaggio, Williams, Aaron, Ford, Banks, Koufax, Rose, and Ryan, and a hoard of PSA 9 Hall of Famers from all eras including everything from a PSA 9 1911 Walter Johnson to a PSA 9 1972 Topps Pete Rose. There is something for everyone in this quality sale and, if you would like more information about the auction, please contact Bryan Drent at 303-840-2784.

Babe Ruth’s rookie - 1915 Sporting News
Babe Ruth’s rookie - 1915 Sporting News
T206 Honus Wagner PSA 1
T206 Honus Wagner PSA 1

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.