PSA 8 NM-MT 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311
PSA 8 NM-MT 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311

High quality PSA cards, game-used bats, game-used jerseys, displays and autographs all helped make the latest Mastro Fine Sports auction a huge success. With $5,301,268 of total bids, it became the highest grossing sports auction of the year. Once again, we were reminded of what an awesome force Mickey Mantle is to the hobby as two major Mantle items broke price records. A PSA NM-MT 8 1952 Topps Mantle broke new ground with a final bid of $57,560 making it the highest price every paid for a 1952 Topps Mantle in NM-MT condition. A 1955 Mickey Mantle game-used World Series bat also set a new standard with a closing bid of $51,518. Here's a look at some other auction highlights:

Item Price Realized
PSA NM-MT 8 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie #106
PSA NM-MT 8 1933 Goudey Rogers Hornsby #119
PSA NM-MT 8 1933 Goudey Andy Cohen #52
PSA NM-MT 8 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #53
PSA NM-MT 8 1933 Goudey Glenn Myatt #10
PSA NM-MT 8 1933 Goudey Babe Herman #5
PSA NM-MT 8 1933 Goudey Roy Johnson #8
PSA NM-MT 8 1933 Goudey Owen Carroll #72
PSA Mint 9 1933 Goudey Taylor Douthit #40
PSA Mint 9 1933 Goudey Jimmy Dykes #6
1933 American League All-Star team signed baseball
Cy Young single signed baseball
Mark McGwire single signed baseball
PSA Mint 9 and Gem Mint 10 Ichiro Suzuki card collection
Jim Thorpe Canton Bull Dogs Sweater
PSA NM-MT 8 1950 Bowman Doak Walker #1
PSA Gem Mint 10 1950 Bowman Elroy Hirsch #52
PSA NM-MT 8 1952 Bowman Large Jim Lansford #144
PSA NM-MT 8 1948 Bowman George Mikan #69
1991/92 Michael Jordan Game-Used Bulls jersey
2000 Los Angeles Lakers Championship Ring
PSA NM-MT 8 1957/58 Topps Bobby Hull #66
1937 Joe Louis British Empire Championship Belt
PSA NM-MT 8 1911 T205 Christy Mathewson
PSA NM-MT 8 1909 Ramly Walter Johnson
PSA NM-MT 8 1911 E94 Ty Cobb
PSA NM-MT 8 1915 M101-5 Sporting News Joe Jackson
PSA EX 5 1935 Zeenut P.C.L. Joe DiMaggio
PSA Mint 9 1941 Play Ball Hank Greenberg #18
PSA 8 NM-MT 1951 Bowman Willie Mays #305
PSA 8 NM-MT 1951 Bowman Whitey Ford #1
PSA 8 NM-MT 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311
PSA 8 NM-MT 1953 Topps Willie Mays #244
PSA Mint 9 1961 Topps Yogi Berra MVP #472
PSA Mint 9 1964 Topps Pete Rose #125
PSA Mint 9 1965 Topps Pete Rose #207
PSA Mint 9 1967 Topps Pete Rose #430
PSA Mint 9 1973 Topps Mike Schmidt #615
1932 Negro League photo w/Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige
1968 Ernie Banks game-used/signed Cubs jersey
1977 Tom Seaver game-used/signed Reds jersey
Tony Gwynn game-used fielder's glove
1997 Mark McGwire game-used/signed A's jersey
1937 Carl Hubbell game-used New York Giants jersey
Babe Ruth "Over the Fence" movie poster
Original Mutoscope Machine with Babe Ruth reel
Josh Gibson studio photograph
Original Jack Havey Babe Ruth portrait
Willie McCovey's 500th home run baseball
Pete Rose signed 3000th hit base
PSA VG 3 T206 Ty Cobb with Cobb back
PSA 9 Mint 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle #135
1930 Indy 500 Rickenbacker Trophy of Billy Arnold
Christy Mathewson six page handwritten letter
1922-24 Babe Ruth contract
1927 Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig signed barnstorming photo
1931 Babe Ruth, Connie Mack and John McGraw signed WS photo
1933 Babe Ruth contract
Black and White Hall of Fame Plaque Card Collection
1928 Jimmie Foxx vault marked game-used bat
1933 Mel Ott game-used bat
1950-52 Stan Musial game-used bat
1950 Richie Ashburn signed/game-used bat
1950-54 Jackie Robinson game-used bat
1955 Mickey Mantle game-used World Series bat
1953 Ted Williams signed/game-used bat
1957 Hank Aaron signed/game-used All-Star bat
1962 Frank Robinson signed/game-used All-Star bat
1966 Roberto Clemente signed/game-used bat
1966 Willie McCovey signed/game-used All-Star bat
1969-72 Al Kaline signed/game-used bat
1973 Pete Rose signed/game-used All-Star bat
1979 Carl Yastzremski signed/game-used All-Star bat
1976 Johnny Bench signed/game-used Bicentennial All-Star bat
1987 Mike Schmidt signed/game-used home run bat (#'s522, 523)

Mickey Mantle's American League Championship Ring Brings $43,923

American Memorabilia, an auction company based in Las Vegas, auctioned off Mickey Mantle's ALCS ring on May 31st for an astounding $43,923. The ring came from Mickey's brother Ray who decided to let it go after residing with the family for decades. Here is a list of some of the auction highlights:

Price Realized
Mickey Mantle ALCS ring
Cy Young signed baseball
1951 New York Yankee team signed baseball
1961 game-used baseball from Maris 61st homer game
1988 signed Mark McGwire 72nd career home run baseball
Cal Ripken game-used baseball from 2131 game
Ted Williams "Best Wishes, Splendid Splinter" signed bat
Roger Maris game-used cap from 1961
Craig Morton's Denver Bronco's AFC MVP Award
Chipper Jones signed/game-used glove

Superior "Summer Classic" Just a Week Away

If you are a collector of high-grade PSA cards, get ready for a great sale. On June 21, Superior Sports Auctions will be holding their next sale with 100's of great PSA graded cards. There's everything from high-grade 19th century material to Gem Mint examples of your favorite modern stars. There's even a rare offering of tough 1971 Topps Greatest Moments card in NM-MT condition. When was the last time you saw one of those black-bordered beauties?

Some interesting highlights include:

  • 1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson PSA NM-MT 8
  • 1951 Bowman Ted Williams PSA Mint 9
  • 1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA Mint 9
  • 1962 Topps Whitey Ford PSA Mint 9
  • 1963 Topps Pete Rose PSA Mint 9

    ...and there's so much more!

    Also included are several NM-MT 8 and Mint 9 copies of Mantle, Mays, Aaron, Koufax, Banks, Brock, and Frank Robinson. There's even a Gem Mint 1964 Topps Hank Aaron! What are you waiting for? Call today and register to bid at 888-337-4492 or visit the auction lots online at

    Good luck!

    Babe Ruth <i>Over the Fence</i> movie poster
    Babe Ruth Over the Fence movie poster
    PSA VG 3 T206 Ty Cobb with Cobb back
    PSA VG 3 T206 Ty Cobb with Cobb back

    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.