Legacy Sports Rarities Announces Successful Completion of Its Winter 2010 Auction. High Grade Regional Issues Very Strong.

Legacy Sports Rarities has announced the successful completion of their Winter 2010 catalog/internet auction event. Concluded on Saturday, January 30th, the auction generated total prices realized of $459,534. There were 3,580 registered bidders, and 115 different winning bidders. A total of 323 lots were featured, of which 321 sold. There were 2,843 bids placed, for an average of 9 bids per lot.

1933 Goudey #1 Benny Bengough 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantel

The following five lots achieved the highest prices realized:

  1. Lot 154 - 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 6 -- $22,800
  2. Lot 129 - 1952 Berk Ross Complete Set -- $16,200
  3. Lot 180 - 1954 Red Man Tobacco w/ Tabs Near Set -- $13,800
  4. Lot 171 - 1953 Red Man Tobacco w/ Tabs Complete Set of 52 -- $12,240
  5. Lot 188 - 1955 Red Man Tobacco w/ Tabs Complete Set of 50 -- $11,280

The following five items had the most daily unique visitors to their website page:

  1. Lot 154 - 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 6 -- 576 hits
  2. Lot 45 - 1933 Goudey #1 Benny Bengough PSA 7 -- 366 hits
  3. Lot 84 - 1941 Play Ball #71 Joe DiMaggio PSA 8 -- 338 hits
  4. Lot 153 - 1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays NM/MT 88 -- 319 hits
  5. Lot 185 - 1954-56 Spic and Span Hank Aaron (Braves) PSA 9 -- 298 hits

The following five items received the most bids:

1954 Red Man Tabacco 1952 Berk Ross
  1. Lot 155 - 1952 Topps #319 Al Walker PSA 8 -- 38 bids
  2. Lot 185 - 1954-56 Spic and Span Hank Aaron (Braves) PSA 9 -- 36 bids
  3. Lot 45 - 1933 Goudey #1 Benny Bengough PSA 7 -- 35 bids
  4. Lot 309 - 1938 R69 Horrors of War #88 "Human Hands" Warn Newspaper Publishers PSA 9 -- 29 bids
  5. Lot 127 - 1951 Wheaties Complete Box Set -- 27 bids

Early Candy and Pre-War Gum card highlights include: Lot 38 - 1923 V100 Willard's Chocolate Babe Ruth PSA 5 at $4920, Lot 45 - 1933 Goudey #1 Benny Bengough PSA 7 at $11,040, Lot 80 - 1941 Double Play #57/58 Ted Williams & Jim Tabor PSA 8.5 at $3120, and Lot 83 - 1941 Play Ball #64 Bobby Doerr PSA 9 at $3120.

Regional Issue highlights include: Lot 88 - 1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson (Portrait - Facsimile Autograph) PSA 7 at $2280, Lot 127 - 1951 Wheaties Complete Box Set at $5040, Lot 129 - 1952 Berk Ross Complete Set at $16,200, Lot 141 - 1952 Red Man Tobacco #15N Willie Mays PSA 8.5 at $4320, Lot 145 - 1952 Red Man Tobacco #19A Saul Rogovin PSA 9 at $3120, Lot 146 - 1952 Red Man Tobacco #24A Early Wynn PSA 9 at $3480, Lot 167 - 1953 Glendale Meats Art Houtteman VG/EX 50 at $3600, Lot 171 - 1953 Red Man Tobacco w/ Tabs Complete Set of 52 at $12,240, Lot 177 - 1954 NY Journal American Willie Mays PSA 8 at $2700, Lot 180 - 1954 Red Man Tobacco w/ Tabs Near Set at $13,800, Lot 185 - 1954-56 Spic and Span Hank Aaron (Braves) PSA 9 at $5040, Lot 188 - 1955 Red Man Tobacco w/ Tabs Complete Set of 50 at $11,280, Lot 207 - 1956 Topps Pins Complete Set at $3960, Lot 240 - 1962 Salada Coins Boxed Presentation Set at $4080, and Lot 281 - 1973 Topps Candy Lids Complete Set at $1920.

Post-War highlights include: Lot 154 - 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 6 at $22,800, Lot 155 - 1952 Topps #319 Al Walker PSA NM-MT 8 at $5880, and Lot 222 - 1959 Topps #380 Hank Aaron PSA 9 at $3240.

Other Sports and Non-Sports highlights include: Lot 295 - 1935 National Chicle #9 Knute Rockne NM/MT+ 92 at $5520, Lot 297 - 1951 Bowman #2 Otto Graham PSA 9 at $3480, Lot 307 - 1890 N310 Mayo's Cut Plug John L. Sullivan VG/EX 50 at $3360, Lot 309 - 1938 R69 Horrors of War #88 "Human Hands" Warn Newspaper Publishers PSA 9 at $3960, Lot 316 - 1938 R69 Horrors of War #283 Hitler Threatens Force to Free Sudetens PSA 7 at $1920, and Lot 322 - 1966 Topps Batman (Color) #1 Bruce Wayne PSA 9 at $1800.

Legacy's owner, Greg Bussineau, comments: "I'd like to thank all of the bidders and consignors who participated in the auction. By far the strongest bidding activity was for lots featuring high-grade, early 1950's regional issues. We were fortunate to have had a large old-time collection consigned to the sale, which included many high-grade regional sets that had been off the market for years." He additionally commented, "Also strong, as usual, were high-grade set registry rarities. Collectors continue to bid aggressively on items that will improve their favorite set's rating."

All lots, along with complete descriptions, high-resolution scans, and prices realized are permanently archived on the Legacy website at www.legacyrarities.com.

Legacy's next auction is scheduled for late summer 2010. They are now accepting consignments to the sale. Cash advances are available. A special commission structure with generous incentives for large consignments is also available. They are especially interested in single cards, sets, or entire collections that have been off the market for an extended period of time. Anyone interested in consigning should call Greg Bussineau at (231) 922-8037.

If you're not on their mailing list and would like to receive a catalog for their next sale, please call Jennifer Heard at (231) 922-8037. Or, just go to the Legacy website at www.legacyrarities.com and click on "Request a Catalog."

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Legacy Sports Rarities was founded in 2002 by veteran dealer Greg Bussineau.. Bussineau founded Superior Sportcard in 1982 and Superior Sports Auctions in 1996. Superior Sports Auctions was purchased by Collectors Universe in 1999, upon agreement that Bussineau would stay on and run the company for three years. At the end of this agreement, Bussineau decided to go back into business for himself and formed Legacy Sports Rarities.

In addition to buying and selling virtually every major important sportscard ever produced, Bussineau has been instrumental in helping to assemble some of the greatest sportscard collections in history. He was chosen to auction off the personal memorabilia collection of basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Sharman, as well as the personal sportscard collection of PSA founder David Hall. Bussineau was also one of three people who helped to formulate the original grading standards employed by PSA - the world's largest independent sportscard third-party grading and authentication service.

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