The near-complete 1962 Topps baseball set sold for $35,650.
The near-complete 1962 Topps baseball set sold for $35,650.

At this point, it may sound like a broken record but PSA graded set collecting is clearly a focus point in the market right now. Whether they are key, low population stars or merely pieces to the puzzle, cards needed to fill sets are hot, hot, hot! That was very clear in the latest Superior Sports Auction. One lot that clearly illustrates this point was the virtually complete 1962 Topps baseball set graded NM-MT 8 across the board.

Years ago, it would have nearly impossible to sell a compete set for a premium. Most people agreed that you needed to break the set down into individual lots in order to maximize the value. Today, that thought process has changed and it's supported by fact. The 1962 Topps set sold for $35,650. Consider this. This set is supposedly worth about $5,000-$7,000 ungraded. In addition, the final bid for this lot also shows that collectors are not only willing to pay a premium because it's a high-grade set, but also because they will avoid the hassle of piecing the set together card by card.

Set collecting is very fun but also very challenging if you want the best. If a collector can basically find a complete or virtually complete set in the quality that they desire, many collectors are choosing to buy the bulk lot and upgrade where necessary. The prices realized, over the past year, for PSA graded sets were unthinkable 5 years ago. Now, if you really think about it logically, this new thought process should remain and not simply be a short-term trend. It makes sense.

Now, back to the auction. Here's a look at some of the highlights from the Superior Sale:

ItemPrice Realized
1909-11 T206 Christy Mathewson Portrait PSA Near Mint 7$2,570
1933 Goudey Lefty Grove PSA Mint 9$10,080
1940 Play Ball Frankie Frisch PSA Mint 9$719
1941 Double Play Ted Williams (w/Tabor) PSA NM-MT 8$3,220
1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA Near Mint 7$7,763
1952 Bowman Willie Mays PSA Near Mint 7$1,611
1952 Topps Forest Main PSA NM-MT 8$2,415
1952 Topps Sid Gordon PSA Gem Mint 10$1,783
1954 Red Man Tobacco Duke Snider PSA NM-MT 8$1,380
1954 Topps The O’Briens PSA Mint 9$1,351
1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams VG-EX 4$3,105
1955 Bowman Red Schoendienst PSA Mint 9$610
1956 Topps Yogi Berra PSA Mint 9$3,393
1956 Topps Norm Van Brocklin PSA Gem Mint 10$1,035
1956 Topps Bill Howton PSA Gem Mint 10$1,208
1958 Topps Jim Bunning PSA Mint 9$1,213
1958 Topps League Presidents PSA Mint 9$382
1958 Topps Whitey Ford PSA Mint 9$2,128
1958 Topps Tony Kubek PSA Mint 9$633
1958 Topps Carl Furillo PSA Mint 9$472
1958 Topps Sluggers Supreme - Klu & Williams PSA NM-MT 8$1,178
1958 Topps Nellie Fox PSA Mint 9$776
1958 Topps Bob Clemente PSA Mint 9$4,830
1959 Topps Sandy Koufax PSA Mint 9$3,335
1960 Topps Gil Hodges PSA Mint 9$253
1961 Fleer Willie Naulls PSA Mint 9$8,338
1962 Topps Willie Mays PSA Mint 9$7,315
1962 Topps Frank Robinson PSA Mint 9$3,565
1962 Topps Hank Aaron All Star PSA Mint 9$3,105
1963 Kahn's Wieners Johnny Unitas PSA NM-MT 8$719
1963 Fleer Willie Mays PSA Mint 9$3,462
1964 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8$1,326
1966 Topps Billy Williams PSA Mint 9$1,961
1967 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8$1,208
1967 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA Gem Mint 10$10,063
1967 Topps Bob Gibson PSA Mint 9$719
1967 Topps Carl Yastrzemski PSA Gem Mint 10$4,083
1967 Topps Orlando Cepeda PSA Mint 9$573
1967 Topps Art Shamsky PSA Gem Mint 10$460
1967 Topps Lou Brock PSA Mint 9$713
1967 Topps Fergie Jenkins PSA Mint 9$472
1967 Topps Harmon Killebrew PSA Mint 9$696
1967 Topps Jim Palmer PSA Mint 9$633
1967 Topps Tony Perez PSA Mint 9$805
1967 Topps Bill Mazeroski PSA Mint 9$299
1969 Topps Willie McCovey White Letter PSA NM-MT 8$2,248
1969 Topps Mel Stottlemyre White Letter PSA NM-MT 8$347
1969 Topps Gaylord Perry White Letter PSA NM-MT 8$719
1970 Topps Brooks Robinson PSA Mint 9$805
1970 Topps Super Willie Mays PSA Mint 9$207
1970 Topps Johnny Bench PSA Mint 9$949
1971 Topps Brooks Robinson Greatest Moments NM-MT 8 $547
1975 Topps Hank Aaron PSA Mint 9$898

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.