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Vintage Sportscard and Memorabilia collectors nationwide experienced a wild night of competitive bidding in Memory Lane Inc.’s High Grade Card and Memorabilia Auction on Saturday, September 15th as a record number of bidders produced over $2,700,000 in realized values.

MLI once again proved that it is the venue for high end graded cards. “We were amazed at the site traffic and bidding volume for this Auction, especially on cards,” noted MLI’s Roger Cameron." "Every Auction keeps drawing more card collectors; we had a record number of new registrations for this event. It was amazing!”

JP Cohen, also of Memory Lane Inc. stated“The volume of cards being consigned to our Memory Lane Auctions has been growing significantly. As people discover our expertise and ability to get results for them the word-of-mouth is spreading in the Hobby and our Auctions are showing it.”

1933 Goudey Gehrig #92 PSA 10 sold for a record breaking $274,000!
The Hobby’s only known 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig card (Lot 1) in a PSA GEM MINT 10 grade sold for $274,000. This is a magnificent card and is the only known graded 10 in the Hobby. The SMR price guide for a PSA 9, (there is no 10 grade value listed), shows a book of $33,000, which means an enormous premium was placed on this only known 10! This equates to +730% more than a grade 9!
Another big Auction Winner is a truly tough card to find; a highly sought after 1952 Topps #1 Andy Pafko Black Back, in a high grade PSA 8! (Lot 2). This incredibily bright, clean card from the classic and popular ’52 Topps set produced over $95,000 in realized value and certainly set the new bar by exceeding SMR book value by a stunning +245%!

The record breaking didn’t stop there either. The Classic 50’s cards in high grade were also in big demand and did very well. Of particular interest was a 1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays which is his rookie card, in a PSA 8 attained $15,799! (Lot 24), which is a strong +72% above SMR book. A 1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron (Lot 25), his rookie card, in a PSA 9 produced over $25,500 also showing very strong with +42% above SMR. And a third rookie card, of the great Ernie Banks (Lot 26), a 1954 Topps #94 in a PSA 9 MINT, did exceptionally well producing $15,799 for a whopping +44 % above SMR book.

The great Warren Spahn in an ultra pristine PSA GEM MINT 10; 1957 Topps #90 (Lot 34) did extraordinarily well producing over $11,800. SMR shows no listing for a 10 but a PSA 9 books at $1150. This graded 10 again brought +926% over the SMR 9!
Another stellar and highly sought after 10 was the 1960 Topps #377 Roger Maris in a PSA 10 GEM MINT (Lot 36). This 10 beauty generated over $11,800 in value. A whopping +1288% above a 9 ($850)! This graded gem 10 really set a new bar for collectors.

GOBBLE GOBBLE-up! The Auction had a dazzling array of high end graded T3 Turkey Red cabinets as well as a great group of T9 cabinet boxing cards! All fared very well in the Auction. For example, (Lot 106), HOF Rube Waddle #39; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red with a Checklist Back, in a high end PSA 6, went for over $8600 producing a marvelous +244% above SMR book. And (Lot 122) a 1911 Turkey Red #37 Slim Sallee with a Checklist reverse snagged an incredibly impressive $11,500+; exceeding the SMR book by an incredible +522%! Overall the Auction offered a spectacular selection of early vintage cards including high end and scarce T205’s, T206’s, T202’s, T201’s! All fared well showing exceptionally strong values across the board.

The Auction was filled with tough hard-to-find cards, short prints, and rookies, all in high-end grades. Other “Top Performing” examples with outstandingly values were:

Lot 168 1933 Delong #8 Kiki Cuyler PSA 7 -- +292 % above SMR
Lot 179 1933 Goudey #26 Chalmer Cissel PSA 8 -- +645%
Lot 180 1933 Goudey #36 Tommy Thevenow PSA 8 -- +720%
Lot 202 1933 Tattoo Orbit Lefty Grove PSA 8 -- +306%
Lot 206 1933 Tattoo Orbit Pepper Martin PSA 8 -- +1163%
Lot 271 1949 Bowman #86 Johnny Pesky PSA 10 -- +1143 (above PSA 9 - no 10’s listed)
Lot 301 1951 Bowman # 6 Don Newcombe PSA 9 -- +300%
Lot 303 1951 Bowman #32 Duke Snider PSA 9 -- +154%
Lot 346 1952 Topps #161 Bud Byerly PSA 8 -- +221%
Lot 378 1953 Topps #132 Tom Morgan PSA 9 -- +681%
Lot 393 1953 Topps #227 Morris Martin PSA 9 -- +418%
Lot 398 1953 Topps #258 Jim Gilliam PSA 9 -- +68%
Lot 411 1953 Bowman Color #113 Karl Drews PSA 8 -- +351%
Lot 414 1953 Bowman Color #129 Russ Meyer PSA 8 -- +833%
Lot 431 1954 Topps #25 Harvey Kuenn PSA 9 -- +259%
Lot 467 1954 Topps #164 Stu Miller PSA 9 -- +448%
Lot 527 1955 Topps #100 Monte Irvin PSA 8 -- +578%
Lot 537 1955 Topps #191 Ed Stanky PSA 9 -- +1840%
Lot 546 1956 Topps #11 Cub Team PSA 9 -- +521%
Lot 550 1956 Topps #95 Braves Team PSA 9 -- +545%
Lot 551 1956 Topps #100 Orioles Team PSA 9 -- +1043%
Lot 585 (9) 1957 Topps #136 Jim Hegan PSA 10 - +1522% (above PSA 9 - no 10 listed)
Lot 595 1957 Topps #295 Joe Collins PSA 9 - +867%
Lot 695 1959 Topps #514 Bob Gibson PSA 9 - +123%
Lot 699 1959 Topps # 572 Billy Pierce (A-S) PSA 9 - +1399%
Lot 703 1959 Bazooka Willie Mays (Hand cut) PSA 7 - +239%
Lot 707 1960 Topps #18 Dodger Team PSA 9 - +779%
Lot 715 1960 Topps #283 John Blanchard PSA 9 - +1935%
Lot 759 1961 Topps #554 Pirates PSA 9 - +426%

Vintage Football and Hockey made strong statements as well. The Auction had an excellent group of high end graded 1935 National Chicle cards; the first national Football card issue.
Lot 837 1935 National Chicle #34 Bronko Nagurski PSA 6 - +56%
Lot 840 1935 National Chicle #8 Jim Zyntell PSA 8- +134%
Lot 841 1935 National Chicle #10 Cliff Battles PSA 8 - +134%
Lot 847 1935 National Chicle #28 Stan Kostka PSA 8 - +84%
Lot 849 1935 National Chicle #30 Ernie Caddel PSA 8 - +170%
Lot 851 1935 National Chicle #33 Ernie Smith PSA 8 - +197%
Lot 852 1935 National Chicle #35 Luke Johnson PSA 8 - +145%
Lot 906 1954 Topps Hockey #56 Edgar Laprade PSA 8 - +726%
Lot 910 1964 Topps Hockey #57 Bob Braun PSA 10 -- +835% (above a 9 - no 10 listed)

“Like our slogan says; if you know cards, you know Memory Lane Inc Auctions, and the values produced in this auction are the muscle behind that statement. We have a very savvy collecting clientele and if you collect cards you follow the MLI auctions…” stated Dan Wulkan, MLI’s nationally known autograph expert. “…and now its starting to happen in our high-end autograph section as well.” Memorabilia and high end authenticated Autograph Lots made their mark in the Auction as MLI continues to grow its memorabilia offerings. This auction showed excellent autograph and memorabilia values!

For example,

Lot 1113 Alexander Cartwright handwritten letter realized over $1100.
Lot 1116 General Abner Doubleday 1867 signed Civil War document over $2400.
Lot 1079 Jackie Robinson PSA MINT 9 signed index card pulled in over $1300.
Lot 1074 Lou Gehrig signed postcard over $3100.
Lot 1202 Muhammad Ali signed boxing gloves over $2700.


See the realized values for all of MLI’s Auction Memorabilia and Cards in the “Archived Auctions”section on www.memorylaneinc.com. MLI wants Collectors to know consignments are now being
accepted for the December auction. “We invite all collectors to call us with unbeatable consignment deals”, noted Gary Tauscher, Auction Consignments for MLI. “get your material in and be a part it. Our Auctions are an event. We are the fastest growing vintage auction in the Hobby.” To contact MLI; call 877-606-5263 Office hours M-F 9-5 pm PST; or email [email protected]