Vintage sports card collectors take note of Memory Lane Inc.’s September 15th Auction. It is brimming with high quality graded cards proving once more Memory Lane continues to be the place for high quality graded cards. The MLI September 15th Auction is offering as its Lot 1, a 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig in a PSA 10 GEM MINT. This card comes from the collection of Charles Merkel, a legendary PSA Hall of Fame collector, and it is the only PSA 10 known in existence. Joining the Gehrig 10, is the highly sought #1 card in the popular 1952 Topps set; Andy Pafko, in an outstanding PSA 8 NM-MT (Lot 2).

The Auction is also offering an impressive and stunning array of high grade Mantle cards, from his ’51 Bowman Rookie year card (Lot 16) to a ’69 Topps Yellow letter in a PSA 9 (Lot 827). Overall the Auction offers over a dozen and a half high-end Mantle Lots in just about every year of his playing career!

Overall, the Auction offers over 1000+ card Lots covering every period and era, like an 1887 Allen & Ginter Timothy Keefe in a SGC 60 (Lot 39); and three very rare 1904 & 1906 Fan Fare cards all graded PSA 10 GEM MINT (Lots 41, 42, 43). There is an excellent selection of high grade T205s, T206s, T201s, T202s and a huge group of T3 Turkey Reds including (Lot 101) Walter Johnson in a PSA 5 EX with a Turkey Red back!

There’s a large group of high grade M-116s Sporting Life’s including both a Cobb (Lot 5), and a Lajoie (Lot 6), both in PSA 8 NM-MT! It looks like these two legends will again be going head-to-head just like they did for batting titles in their hey day! There is also a great M101-4 Sporting News Shoeless Joe Jackson (Lot 10).This Auction is just bursting with High Grade cards from every era! Cracker Jack’s Joe Jackson (Lot 165), and Ty Cobb ( Lot 9), Goudey Ruths (Lots 171, 172), and Gehrigs (Lots 210, 212), and the Auction presents a fabulous selection of high-end ROOKIE cards: Mays’ Rookie card (Lot 24), Aaron’s Rookie card (Lot 25), Ford’s Rookie card (Lot 23), Drysdale’s Rookie card (Lot 32), F. Robinson’s Rookie card (Lot 33), Killebrew’s Rookie Card (Lot 30), Clemente’s Rookie card (Lot 31), Pete Rose‘s Rookie card (Lot 37), and many more! There are Williams, DiMaggio, Maris, Spahn (a ’57 Topps PSA 10 GEM MINT!), Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Snider cards and a host of Stars and HOF’s - all in high grade! There are Tattoo Orbits, ’33 & ’34 Goudeys, Diamond Stars, DeLongs, Playballs, Leafs, Bowmans, and 50s & 60s Topps!

And the Auction doesn’t stop at Baseball; there are stellar offerings of vintage Football, like a large selection of ’35 National Chicles including Nagurski in a PSA 6 (Lot 837), and Rockne in a PSA 8 (Lot 838)! Plus 50’s Bowmans and Topps. There’s Basketball too. Lot 874 is Wilt Chamberlain’s Rookie 1961 Fleer in a PSA 9 MINT; Lot 875 is a Topps Lew Alcindor Rookie in a PSA 9; and Lot 876 is a Pete Maravich Rookie in a PSA 9 MINT. Included too is a fabulous 1987-88 Fleer uncut sheet with Jordan’s and Barkley’s Rookie cards! (Lot 880). And Hockey is also well represented with a huge grouping of 1954 Topps hockey cards in high grade, as well as a 1958 Parkhurst “complete set” all PSA graded 8s & 9s! Plus other later year Topps are offered as well.

As a finale, don’t forget to discover the great Sets and Partial Sets offered in this Auction including a “complete” T201 set and partial T205 set, and an absolutely unbelievable 1969 Topps Super Set of all 66 cards graded PSA 8-10s with an astounding 43 PSA GEM MINT 10s! And don’t overlook the Packs and Unopened boxes either, starting your adventure with a 1933 Goudey Sport Kings pack -- an original unopened pack with the gum! A true find! (Lot 13)

The Auction is titled HIGH GRADE CARDS ….and some great Surprises! Among the Surprises are extremely rare wrappers (you must see these wrappers: Goudey, Playball, Leaf, Sport Kings, Diamond Stars, Bowman, early Topps); rare autographs, balls, bats, and other signed memorabilia and loads of signed art all framed for hanging! Lot 1368 and 1369 are two Yankee Payroll checks; one for Babe Ruth, and one for Lou Gehrig. Both checks are signed by owner Jacob Ruppert and countersigned by GM Ed Barrow and each has a dazzling endorsement signature of Ruth and Gehrig on the back! These are phenomenal finds of the highest authenticated quality.

Also the Auction offers Hank Aaron’s 704 Home Run bat complete with the eye witness provenance from the Batboy at the event to whom Aaron gave the bat (Lot 3). It’s authenticated and graded an ultra high A9.5 by MEARS. Overall the Auction offers almost two dozen great signed and/or game used bats including a rare find, a Stan Musial game used bat authenticated by PSA/DNA (Lot 1205).

There is a group of rare handwritten letters offered in the Auction as well. Lot 1112 is a spectacular handwritten Barry Bonds Majors Scout Evaluation Card written when Barry was 16 years old and has a fabulous notation at the top: “Future Super Star.” And Lot 1113 is a handwritten letter by Alexander Joy Cartwright, the recognized founder of the game, and Lot 1114 is a handwritten letter by A. G. Spalding, another great pioneer in the game. There are two HOF First Day Cover signatures from two of basketball’s first and original 1891 Team members! These are Unbelievable pieces of the game’s history!

The Auction is offering an unprecedented 100 + single and team signed baseballs! Among this select group is a team signed ball from the first All-star game in 1933 signed by Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx and more (Lot 4). There is also a tough Lou Gehrig single signed ball (Lot 1365), and a very rare 1956 AL All-Star team ball with Mantle on the sweet spot along with Ford, Kaline, Berra, and more (Lot 1173). Add a large selection of signed jerseys, a game used Nolan Ryan Astro’s jersey (Lot 1236), and a rare Michael Jordan’s signed foot cast from his 1985 season, this offering is a true One and only!

In summary, this Auction offers new and veteran collectors a tremendous and broad mix of high end graded Cards, and an equally broad mix of high quality unique memorabilia that fills a remarkable 188 Catalog pages!

Anyone who registers for the Auction will receive a free catalog, so register online at www.memorylaneinc.com or call 1-877-606-LANE (5263) during the weekday hours of 9-5 pm PDT. Memory Lane is already filling slots for its November 27 Auction which also promises to be a block buster just like the September 15th event. Call or email them now with your consignment material [email protected]. MLI is giving special consignment deals to early birds, so get your material in. MLI welcomes your call.


Lot 3 - Hank Aaron's 704 Home Run Bat


Lot 1 - 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig in a PSA 10 GEM MINT


Lot 4, 1365, and 1173 - Team signed ball from the first All-Star
game in 1933 signed by Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx and more.


Lot 39 - 1887 Allen & Ginter Timothy Keefe in a SGC 60


Lot 101 - Walter Johnson in a PSA 5 EX with a Turkey Red back!


Lot 171 - Group of Goudey Babe Ruth Cards


Lot 874, 875, and 876
Wilt Chamberlain’s Rookie 1961 Fleer in a PSA 9 MINT (Lot 874)
Topps Lew Alcindor Rookie in a PSA 9 (Lot 875)
Pete Maravich Rookie in a PSA 9 MINT (Lot 876)


Lot 1112 - Handwritten Barry Bonds Majors Scout Evaluation Card


Lot 1205 - Stan Musial game used bat authenticated by PSA/DNA


Lot 1368 and 1369 - Yankee Payroll checks
O ne for Babe Ruth (Lot 1368) and for Lou Gehrig (Lot 1369)


Lot 5 and 6 - High Grade M-116s Sporting Life's
Ty Cobb (Lot 5), and Lajoie (Lot 6), both in PSA 8 NM-MT!

Lot 16 and 827 - Array of High Grade Mickey Mantle Cards
Lot 16 and 827 - Array of High Grade Mickey Mantle Cards


Lot 10 - M101-4 Sporting News Shoeless Joe Jackson


Lot 13 - 1933 Goudey Sport Kings pack -- an original unopened pack with the gum!


Lot 41, 42, and 43 - three very rare 1904 & 1906
Fan Fare cards all graded PSA 10 GEM MINT


Lot 165 and 9 - Cracker Jack’s Joe Jackson (Lot 165), and Ty Cobb (Lot 9)


Lot 837 and 838 - ’35 National Chicles Bronco Nagurski
in a PSA 6 (Lot 837), and Rockne in a PSA 8 (Lot 838)!


Lot 880 - 1987-88 Fleer uncut sheet with Jordan’s and Barkley’s Rookie cards!


Lot 1113 and 1114
Handwritten letter by Alexander Joy Cartwright (Lot 1113)
H andwritten letter by A. G. Spalding (Lot 1114)


Lot 1236 - Nolan Ryan game-used Astros jersey


Lot 2 - Andy Pafko, in an outstanding PSA 8 NM-MT