Old Judge Cap Anson (in uniform) brings $66,503 in auction
Old Judge Cap Anson (in uniform) brings $66,503 in auction

When it comes to rarity, the N172 Old Judge Cap Anson (in uniform) is about as tough as they come. With that in mind, well-known hobbyist Lew Lipset offered one of five known examples. When the bidding ceased, the card closed at $66,503. The last publicly offered example was auctioned off in 1991 at Sotheby's. The Lipset Anson was described as excellent condition. Other highlights include:

Item Price Realized
N172 Old Judge Cap Anson (in uniform) - excellent
$66,503
T231 Fan Frank Baker #61 - very good condition
$11,000
H813-2 Boston Garter "Home Run" Baker #9 - excellent condition
$5,188
N172 Old Judge Ed Delehanty - excellent condition
$4,025
PSA 7 Near Mint N172 Old Judge King Kelly
$3,660
PSA 7 Near Mint N172 Old Judge Monte Ward
$3,328
PSA 6 EX-MT 1934 Goudey Lou Gehrig #37
$3,575
PSA 7 T206 White Border Sam Crawford (batting) w/Uzit back
$2,357
T215 Pirate Sam Crawford/Detroit - near mint
$3,677
R437 Comics Novelty Candy Corp. Joe Palooka Candy near set
$3,575

Vintage Keys Provide Punch for Mile High's Latest Sale

The verdict is in, the market is still strong and Mile High's latest sale proves that point without question. When the bidding stopped, their latest auction recorded $427,577 in total bids making their first auction of 2001 a successful one. With a wide variety of high-end examples dating back to the early 1900's, the auction featured some very impressive prices including a record price ($29,482) for a T206 Christy Mathewson (Dark Cap) in PSA Mint 9 condition. Here is a list of some of the auction highlights:

Card Price Realized
T206 Christy Mathewson (Dark Cap) PSA Mint 9
$29,482
1951 Bowman Willie Mays #305 PSA NM-MT 8
$9,878
1915 Cracker Jack Harry Hooper #35 PSA NM-MT 8
$2,593
1933 Goudey Sport Kings Ty Cobb #1 PSA NM 7
$4,126
1935 Diamond Stars Earl Averill #100 PSA NM-MT 8
$3,790
1939 Play Ball Ted Williams #92 PSA NM 7
$2,852
1951 Bowman Whitey Ford #1 PSA NM-MT 8
$5,990
1952 Topps Bob Cain #349 PSA NM-MT 8
$1,285
1953 Bowman Color Bauer, Berra, Mantle PSA NM-MT 8
$2,144
1953 Bowman Bob Feller #114 PSA NM-MT 8
$4,840
1953 Topps Jackie Robinson #1 PSA NM-MT 8
$3,707
1953 Topps Jim Gilliam #263 PSA NM-MT 8
$1,572
1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle #65 PSA NM-MT 8
$5,359
1954 Topps Ernie Banks #94 PSA NM-MT 8
$2,852
1955 Topps Sandy Koufax #123 PSA NM-MT 8
$2,662
1956 Topps Mickey Mantle #135 PSA NM-MT 8
$3,000
1957 Topps Pee Wee Reese #30 PSA Mint 9
$1,987
1957 Topps Warren Spahn #90 PSA Mint 9
$1,557
1957 Topps Enos Slaughter #215 PSA Mint 9
$690
1958 Topps Bob Clemente #52 (Yellow Letters) PSA NM-MT 8
$6,064
1958 Topps Ernie Banks #310 PSA Mint 9
$3,543
1962 Topps AL Home Run Leaders #53 PSA Mint 9
$1,623
1962 Topps Lou Brock #387 PSA Mint 9
$2,038
1962 Topps Willie Mays All-Star #395 PSA Mint 9
$4,429
1963 Topps Pride of the NL (Mays/Musial) #138 PSA Mint 9
$2,144
1964 Topps Pete Rose #125 PSA Mint 9
$6,569
1967 Topps Bob Clemente #400 PSA Mint 9
$2,420
1969 Topps Harmon Killebrew #375 PSA Mint 9
$880
1969 Topps Al Kaline #410 PSA Mint 9
$1,126
1969 Topps Brooks Robinson #500 PSA Gem Mint 10
$1,390
1971 Roberto Clemente #630 PSA Mint 9
$4,073
1972 Topps Willie Mays #49 PSA Mint 9
$1,212
1972 Topps Reggie Jackson #435 PSA Mint 9
$705
1972 Topps Pete Rose #559 PSA Mint 9
$1,514
1948 Bowman George Mikan #69 PSA NM 7
$5,506
1980-81 Topps Scoring Leaders (Bird, Magic, Dr. J) PSA Mint 9
$1,120
1952 Bowman Small Norm Van Brocklin #1 PSA NM-MT 8
$3,575
1955 All-American Sammy Baugh #20 PSA Mint 9
$1,558
1956 Topps George Blanda #11 PSA Gem Mint 10
$1,760
1956 Topps Chicago Cardinals Team #22 PSA Gem Mint 10
$1,956

Brian Drent, president of Mile High Card Co., was happy with the bidding action. "In retrospect, it was a good auction," Drent explained. "I thought the economy had some influence on the big ticket items, but cards that were estimated at about $5,000 or below did extremely well. We received a great deal of bidding from new bidders which is a great sign for the market."

On of the highlights from the sale was a PSA 9 Mint T206 Christy Mathewson (Dark Cap) which brought a strong price of $29,482. Drent was proud to offer this great rarity. "The Mathewson performed well, especially when you consider the makeup of the balance of the sale," said Drent. "Our sale, although filled with high-end material, was not focused on early tobacco cards, yet the bidders recognized the quality and rarity of the card. It was great to see."

As far as trends were concerned, Drent was quick to point out a few noticeable ones. "Key cards in NM-MT condition performed very well," explained Drent. "Cards like the 1955 Topps Koufax, 1954 Topps Banks, 1953 Topps Robinson, and the 1954 Bowman Mantle all received strong bidding. When key cards like these continue to sell at great levels, it's a great sign for the market. The market is strong and the demand continues to outweigh supply on the keys."

There were a couple of other areas that caught Drent's eye as well. "Late 1960's and early 1970's material are both definitely surging right now," said Drent. "In addition, PSA 7's of important cards are very strong right now. Our 1933 Goudey Sport King Cobb, our 1948 Bowman George Mikan, and our 1939 Play Ball Ted Williams were all indicators of that. Collectors have the opportunity to acquire a quality card for a more affordable price. There are some great values in key PSA 7's out there."

Pristine Wagner on Display in Southern California

Forget about Bigfoot, there's been a Wagner sighting.

On Saturday night, May 12th, 2001, the sixth ranked baseball team in the nation, the Cal. St. Fullerton Titans, will be hosting UC Santa Barbara. Game time is 7:00 pm. This night is a special alumni night called "Night of the Pachyderms." As a part of this alumni celebration and reunion, the famous 1909 T206 PSA NM-MT 8 Honus Wagner card, valued at $1.3 million, will be on display at the stadium.

This is a very rare chance to see the "Mona Lisa" of baseball cards up close and personal. The card is not often shown in public for display. Admission to the game is only $5 or $3 for those 17 years or under. Goodwin Field is located on the CSUF campus in Fullerton, near the intersection of the 57 freeway and Yorba Linda Blvd. The official campus address is 800 N. State College, Fullerton, CA. For those of you who have only read about this treasure of our hobby, here is your chance to see it first hand.

Collectors and sports fans should take advantage of the rare opportunity! Catch a great game and a great card, it should be a lot of fun.


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.
T206 Christy Mathewson (Dark Cap) PSA Mint 9 sells for $29,482
T206 Christy Mathewson (Dark Cap) PSA Mint 9 sells for $29,482
1958 Topps Bob Clemente #52 (Yellow Letters) PSA NM-MT 8 finds a new home at $6,064
1958 Topps Bob Clemente #52 (Yellow Letters) PSA NM-MT 8 finds a new home at $6,064