Traverse City, Michigan - Legacy Sports Rarities has announced the successful completion of their Summer 2010 catalog/internet auction event. Concluded on Saturday, August 21st, the auction generated total prices realized of $888,642. There were 3,794 registered bidders, and 201 different winning bidders. A total of 818 lots were featured, of which 781 sold. There were 5,211 bids placed, for an average of 6.4 bids per lot.

The following five lots achieved the highest prices realized:

  1. Lot 6 - 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinet #9 Ty Cobb (Checklist Back - Offer) EX/NM -- $24,600
  2. Lot 4 - 1910 Tip Top Bread Honus Wagner EX -- $23,400
  3. Lot 9 - 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle PSA 8 -- $21,000
  4. Lot 1 - 1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Cap Anson NM -- $19,800
  5. Lot 5 - 1911 T205 Gold Border Christy Mathewson PSA 8 -- $19,800

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

  1. Lot 1 - 1888 N162 Goodwin Champions Cap Anson NM -- 467 hits
  2. Lot 5 - 1911 T205 Gold Border Christy Mathewson PSA 8 -- 403 hits
  3. Lot 9 - 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle PSA 8 -- 369 hits
  4. Lot 504 - 1948 Leaf #52 Leo Nomellini NM -- 364 hits
  5. Lot 2 - 1909 T206 Walter Johnson (Hands At Chest) PSA 8 -- 307 hits

The following five lots received the most bids:

  1. Lot 504 - 1948 Leaf Football #52 Leo Nomellini NM -- 48 bids
  2. Lot 505 - 1948 Leaf Football #53 Charley Conerly NM -- 36 bids
  3. Lot 103 - 1932 US Caramel #1 Eddie Collins NM/MT -- 31 bids
  4. Lot 608 - 1933 National Chicle Dare Devils #1 Texas Ranger Gets Five NM/MT -- 31 bids
  5. Lot 771 - 1940 Superman #59 The Dive of Death PSA 7 -- 28 bids

Pre-War highlights include: Lot 3 - 1910 E98 Christy Mathewson NM at $16,200, Lot 13 - 1887 N172 Old Judge Nash/Radbourn NM at $3240, Lot 47 - 1909-11 T206 Nap Lajoie (With Bat) PSA 8 at $6120, Lot 48 - 1909-11 T206 Cy Young (Cleveland - Glove Shows) PSA 7 at $4320, Lot 70 - 1911 T205 Gold Border John Evers PSA 7 at $2760, Lot 92 - 1912 T207 Brown Border Joe Tinker PSA 7 at $2460, Lot 103 - 1932 US Caramel #1 Eddie Collins NM/MT at $6000, Lot 116 - 1932 US Caramel #15 Eugene Tunney NM/MT at $3480, Lot 120 - 1932 US Caramel #27 Lefty Grove NM/MT at $5040, and Lot 155 - 1936 Diamond Stars #99 Pie Traynor PSA 8 at $2820.

Post-War highlights include: Lot 186 - 1948 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige PSA 4 at $7440, Lot 251 -1951 Bowman #269 Ray Noble PSA 9 at $3150, Lot 393 - 1954 Topps #201 Al Kaline PSA 9 at $10,320, Lot 407 - 1960 Topps #50 Al Kaline PSA 9 at $1710, Lot 416 - 1962 Topps #150 Al Kaline PSA 9 at $2580, and Lot 453 - 1971 Topps #180 Al Kaline PSA 9 at $2700.

Football highlights include: Lot 486 - 1948 Leaf #26 Bob Waterfield NM/MT at $3120, Lot 504 - 1948 Leaf #52 Leo Nomellini NM at $9180, Lot 505 - 1948 Leaf #53 Charley Conerly NM at $3390, Lot 506 - 1948 Leaf #54 Chuck Bednarik VG/EX at $1110, and Lot 536 - 1951 Bowman #25 Doak Walker PSA 9 at $2280.

Hockey highlights include: Lot 567 - 1933 Sport Kings #24 Howie Morenz NM/MT at $3960, Lot 568 - 1933 Ice Kings #13 King Clancy PSA 8 at $2700, Lot 569 - 1933 Ice Kings #22 Ace Bailey PSA 8 at $2400, and Lot 580-586 - several different 1958 Topps commons MINT at $2670 apiece.

Other Sports highlights include: Lot 598 - 1933 Sport Kings #26 James Wedell PSA 9 at $6360.

Non-Sports highlights include: Lot 608 - 1933 National Chicle Dare Devils #1 NM/MT at $3150, Lot 654 - 1937 Ripley's Believe It Or Not #1 NM/MT at $2280, Lot 747 - 1940 Superman #1 PSA 6.5 at $3720, Lot 772 - 1940 Superman #61 PSA 8 at $2220, Lot 773 - 1940 Superman #62 PSA 8 at $2310, and Lot 775 - 1940 Superman #69 PSA 8 at $2460.

Legacy's owner, Greg Bussineau, comments: "This auction marked our high-water point as far as number of lots offered, registered bidders, active bidders, winning bidders, bids placed, and total prices realized. We'd like to thank all of our consignors and bidders for the success of the auction. Bidding activity was particularly strong for vintage non-sports, high-grade football and hockey, and low-pop set registry cards."

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 winter 2010/2011. 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. 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 formed in 2002 by veteran dealer Greg Bussineau. Bussineau originally founded Superior Sportcard in 1982, and Superior Sports Auctions in 1996. Superior Sports Auctions was acquired by Collectors Universe in 1999, upon agreement that Bussineau would stay on and run the company for three years. At the end of this period, Bussineau went back into business for himself and formed Legacy Sports Rarities.

In addition to buying and selling many of the most important sportscards 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.