PSA Rarities and Elusive Memorabilia Drive
MastroNet Auction to Nearly $8,000,000

After some fierce, late-night bidding in the two-day December MastroNet sale, the auction closed with a stunning total of $7,968,674, making this one of the largest sports auctions in history. In November of 2001, MastroNet held a sale that nearly reached $9.5 million -- the current record for a multi-consignment sports auction. Leading the way were a slew of high-grade PSA graded cards and sets in addition to numerous rare pieces of sports memorabilia.

The Wilson Franks card lots were nothing short of amazing with the only PSA Mint 9 Ted Williams selling for nearly $110,000! There were also a few complete PSA graded sets that sold for big dollars, including a 1952 Topps set that sold for over $275,000 and a 1933 Goudey Sport Kings set that sold for over $110,000. This reiterates the fact that some collectors will pay a premium to avoid the struggle in assembling high-grade sets.

The Shoeless Joe Jackson Sidewritten/Vault Marked bat sold for well in excess of $200,000, making it one of the most valuable pieces of lumber in the hobby. Also, check out the prices for some of the autographed baseballs. There's no question that collectors will pay for rarity and/or quality. Several records were broken in the monstrous sale.

Here's a look at some of the highlights (Please note that all of the autographed items were authenticated by PSA/DNA):

ItemPrice Realized
1)PSA NM-MT 8 1952 Topps Set $276,771
2)Jesse Burkett Single Signed Ball$25,774
3)Hughie Jennings Single Signed Ball$5,299
4)Grover Cleveland Alexander Single Signed Ball$8,536
5)Ed Barrow Single Signed Ball$12,368
6)Satchel Paige Negro League Single Signed Ball$5,536
7)Jimmie Foxx Single Signed Ball$20,363
8)1960's Johnny Unitas Signed Game-Used Helmet$41,515
9)PSA Graded (mostly 8's) 1957 Topps Basketball Complete Set$35,186
10)1967-68 Wilt Chamberlain Game-Used Jersey$21,846
11)1972-74 Pete Maravich Game-Used Jersey$21,846
12)NBA 50 Greatest Lithograph Signed$26,435
13)Ed Cicotte's 1919 Chicago White Sox Contract$35,186
14)383-Card Old Judge Collection$105,422
15)1927 World Series Program$6,345
16)1912 Napoleon Lajoie Original Photo$12,022
17)Lou Gehrig Handwritten Letter$18,055
18)Alfonso Soriano Game-Used Rookie Bat$2,304
19)1929 Rogers Hornsby Game-Used Bat$18,055
20)1930 Leo Durocher Game-Used/Sidewritten Bat$8,209
21)1926-30 Tony Lazzeri Game-Used Bat$10,330
22)1933-34 Freddy Lindstrom Game-Used Bat$6,167
23)1923-25 Joe Sewell Game-Used Bat$5,244
24)1950's Ted Williams Game-Used/Signed Bat$19,363
25)1950's Roy Campanella Game-Used Bat$14,547
26)1961-64 Willie Mays Game-Used Bat$18,725
27)1965 Eddie Mathews Game-Used/Signed HR Bat$17,603
28)1961-64 Eddie Mathews Game-Used/Signed Bat$4,281
29)1969-72 Pete Rose Game-Used/Signed Bat$3,780
30)1976 Thurman Munson Game-Used Bat$2,688
31)1966 Mickey Mantle Game-Used Bat$19,860
32)1999-2001 Cal Ripken Game-Used/Signed Bat$3,780
33)1930's Lou Gehrig Game-Used Cap$32,816
34)1971 Ron Santo Game-Used/Signed Jersey$8,733
35)1910 Reach Catchers Mask Tin Sign$21,300
36)Joe Jackson Decal Bat - High-Grade$7,760
37)1921 H&B Bat Display Piece w/Ruth$74,917
38)Nolan Ryan's Game-Used/Signed 4,000 Strikeout Jersey$19,860
39)1999 New York Yankees World Series Ring$32,796
40)1933 Goudey Babe Ruth Patent Card PSA Authenticated$14,547
41)PSA EX 5 1961 Willie Mays Dice Game Card$8,536
42)Joe Kelley Single Signed Ball$20,137
43)Amos Rusie Single Signed Ball $45,666
44)Cap Anson Single Signed Ball$70,365
45)Frank Chance Single Signed Ball$29,486
46)Mel Ott Single Signed Ball$26,435
47)PSA NM-MT 8 1887 N28 John Ward$6,980
48)PSA NM 7 T205 Christy Mathewson$7,878
49)T3 Turkey Red Ty Cobb (NM-MT)$64,099
50) PSA NM-MT 8 1910 E286 Ju Ju Drum Christy Mathewson$6,785
51)PSA NM 7 1912 Plow's Candy Ty Cobb$29,078
52)PSA Graded (mostly 8's) 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Complete Set$110,694
53)PSA NM-MT 8 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie$52,854
54)PSA NM-MT 8 1934 Goudey Lou Gehrig #37$17,603
55)PSA Mint 9 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams$109,638
56)PSA Mint 9 1954 Wilson Franks Bob Feller$17,603
57)PSA Mint 9 1954 Wilson Franks Gil Hodges$30,162
58)PSA Gem Mint 10 1963 Topps Mickey Mantle$24,031
59)PSA NM-MT 8 1951 Topps Ringside Bob Murphy #49$12,224
60)Ali Handwritten Letter (18 pages)$26,435
61)1955 Team Signed Brooklyn Dodger Ball$21,300
62)2001 Barry Bonds Game-Used/Signed HR Bat$19,860
63)Emmitt Smith Game-Used Ensemble From Record Game$62,338
64)Emmitt Smith First Rushing Touchdown Football$30,162
65)Joe Jackson Game-Used/Sidewritten Vaulted Marked Bat (PSA)$206,529

$132,105 for Joe Tinker Uniform Highlights Lelands.Com Sports Auction;
Bobby Orr "Flying Puck" Goes for $43,670

2-Day Auction a Huge $4.5 Million Success

In this, the 100th anniversary of the debut of famed "Tinker-to-Evers-to Chance" poem, a uniform worn by Cubs shortstop Joe Tinker went for $132,105 in the final day of a 2-day, online auction conducted by

The bid, (which includes a 15% buyer's commission), helped bring the 2-day total to a spectacular $4.5 million, making this one of the highest-grossing auctions in Lelands' 15-year history.

While the Tinker uniform was the highest single item, a collection of 23 Team Canada hockey jerseys, worn in the first game of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, went for $109,177.

Perhaps the most watched item in the auction -- the puck from the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals, which Bobby Orr sent into the net for victory (the famed photo shows him flying through the air) -- went for $43,670.

A very rare baseball, signed by all four Beatles at DC Stadium in 1966, brought $43,594.

Other highlights from day two included:

  • Pee Wee Reese's personal Hall of Fame plaque - $23,402
  • A 1937 Ted Williams home run ball from San Diego - $16,583
  • Photo signed by both Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio - $18,045
  • A letter from Commissioner Ford Frick explaining the Maris "asterisk" - $5,148
  • Game used, signed glove from Pete Rose - $10,548
  • Game used, signed Mickey Mantle bat - $24,650
  • Earl Whitehill's 1934 Japanese Tour album with autographs - $24,650
  • Oakland A's 1974 World Series trophy (full size) - $20,336
  • 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie card, graded EX-MT 6 - $18,975
  • Uncut sheet of 1887 Old Judge tobacco cards - $25,530
  • 1964 Topps High Number Baseball Vending Box - $9,361
  • 1954 Bowman Baseball Five-Cent Wax Pack - $1,804
  • 1979/80 Topps Hockey Wax Box - $2,624
  • 1952 Topps collection of 247 cards (no Mantle or Mays) - $12,765
  • 1960/61 Topps Hockey Set with 51/66 PSA Graded - $4,255
  • 1955 Topps All American Set (NRMT to NM-MT) - $5,423
  • 1966 Topps Frankenstein Stickers Original Artwork (33) - $15,306
  • Ali robe worn in Zaire fight vs. Foreman, - $16,404
  • Michael Jordan game worn uniform from 1996-97 - $20,436
  • Terry Kinard 1986 Giants Super Bowl ring - $16,297
  • Howie Morenz skates from his final, and deadly, NHL game - $20,336

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.