This rare T206 Eddie Plank in PSA 3 VG sold for $12,326.
This rare T206 Eddie Plank in PSA 3 VG sold for $12,326.

Laguna Niguel, Ca. The dust has settled on another blockbuster SportsCards Plus auction with strong prices realized across the board. Collectors eagerly responded to the quality and diversity of the 500-plus lots, which included a tremendous selection of pre- and post-war cards and memorabilia that brought in an impressive total topping the $1,000,000 mark. The final results proved that collector demand for quality material is strong, and there was plenty of quality to be had.

Among the many highlights in the auction was a remarkable Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball that brought $38,157 -- the top lot in the sale. Other memorabilia items that saw vigorous competition were a Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Signed 1928 Barnstorming Photo -- $11,206, Autographed 1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth -- $8,419, 1929 Philadelphia Athletics (World Champs!) Team Signed Panoramic -- $10,187, Hartland Statues Complete Set of 18 plus Little Leaguer -- $4,245, 1992 Pinnacle Mickey Mantle Signed 30 Card Set -- $6,111, and Second Base Used in Game 4 of 2001 World Series -- $7,285. A group of Game Used bats from the collection of former Yankee batboy Joe Carierri were a "hit," with examples from Yogi Berra ($4,807), Duke Snider ($6,958), and a Stan Musial 1941-1943 Game Used/Weighted Bat ($6,112) at the forefront. Some Basketball and Football memorabilia drew heavy interest, led by Wilt Chamberlain's Harlem Globetrotters Game Worn Warm-Up Jacket -- $16,837, Magic Johnson's 1988 Game Worn L.A. Lakers Road Jersey -- $8,134, a 1967 Super Bowl I Full Ticket -- $2,644, and a 1988 Notre Dame Football National Championship Ring -- $2,240.

Some exceptionally rare singles headlined a phenomenal lineup of cards. Sharing the spotlight was a 1927 Honey Boy Babe Ruth PSA 7 NM -- $9,184. A more well-known hobby rarity that saw spirited bidding was a 1909-11 T206 Eddie Plank PSA 3 VG -- $12,326. An incredible assemblage of ultra scarce T4 Obak Premiums were well received including the following examples: Melchior -- $4,086, Burrell -- $2,385, Carlisle -- $2,458, Kane -- $2,390, and Peckinpaugh -- $2,412. Nineteenth Century Baseball collectors had plenty to choose from, including an 1889 Goodwin Round Album A35 -- $14,914, 1870 Philadelphia Athletics Baseball Club CDV -- $3,479, and an 1888 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Mike "King" Kelly -- $3,741.

A large selection of N172 Old Judge singles featured a Connie Mack PSA 3 VG example -- $2,884, and a Harry Wright PSA 3 VG -- $3,260. Other Pre and Post-War Graded Cards that fared well were a 1909 T206 Zack Wheat PSA 8 NM-MT -- $3,416, 1911 M116 Sporting Life Honus Wagner Blue Background PSA 7 NM -- $4,478, 1933 Goudey #28 Dick Bartell PSA 8 NM-MT -- $5,705, 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth PSA 7 NM -- $7,737, 1933 Goudey #230 Carl Hubbell PSA 8 NM-MT -- $2,875, 1948 Leaf #3 Babe Ruth PSA 7 NM -- $2,240, 1952 Bowman #145 Johnny Mize PSA 9 MINT -- $1,708, and a 1961 Topps #300 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 MINT -- $3,923. Complete sets also saw heavy competition with the highest bids going to "cornerstone" issues such as a 1909-11 T206 -- Vg/Ex ($22,411), and 1952 Topps -- Ex-Ex/Mt ($24,750). Other sets that realized strong prices include: 1911 T202 Near Set -- Vg+ ($13,447), 1933 Goudey -- VG+ ($9,557), 1935 National Chicle Football -- EX ($7,653), and 1953 Topps Baseball -- NM ($14,916).

This 1933 Goudey #28 Dick Bartell in PSA 8 NM-MT brought $5,705.
This 1933 Goudey #28 Dick Bartell in PSA 8 NM-MT brought $5,705.
This PSA 7 NM example of the seldom-seen 1927 Honey Boy Babe Ruth card sold for $9,184.
This PSA 7 NM example of the seldom-seen 1927 Honey Boy Babe Ruth card sold for $9,184.