Late 19th/Early 20th Century Rarities, High Grade 1950's Baseball, and Finest Known Set Registry Issues Especially Strong

Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities is pleased to announce the successful completion of its Fall 2011 catalog/internet auction event. Concluded on Thursday, December 1st, the auction generated total prices realized of $769,344. There were 4,490 registered bidders, 448 active bidders, and 239 different winning bidders. A total of 825 lots were featured, of which 816 (98.9%) sold. There were 4,864 bids placed, for an average of 5.9 bids per lot.

The following five lots achieved the highest prices realized:

  1. Lot 604 – 1966 Topps Complete PSA Graded Set (GPA 8.72) -- $42,600
  2. Lot 3 – 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter John Clarkson PSA 9 -- $26,520
  3. Lot 4 – 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Charles Comiskey PSA 8 -- $22,320
  4. Lot 36 – 1909-11 T206 Willie Keeler (With Bat) PSA 9 -- $20,640
  5. Lot 605 – 1967 Topps Complete PSA Graded Set (GPA 8.00) -- $19,920

The following five lots received the most bids:

  1. Lot 755 – 1971 Topps #250 Joe Namath PSA 9 -- 38 bids
  2. Lot 652 – 1990's Nolan Ryan Lot of 1577 (1100 Different) PSA Graded Cards -- 33 bids
  3. Lot 649 – 1967-79 Nolan Ryan Lot of 137 (99 Different) PSA Graded Cards -- 31 bids
  4. Lot 651 – 1980's Nolan Ryan Lot of 481 (301 Different) PSA Graded Cards -- 29 bids
  5. Lot 4 – 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Charles Comiskey PSA 8 -- 25 bids

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

  1. Lot 652 – 1990's Nolan Ryan Lot of 1577 (1100 Different) PSA Graded Cards -- 1175 hits
  2. Lot 1 – 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Adrian C. Anson PSA 8 -- 513 hits
  3. Lot 604 – 1966 Topps Complete PSA Graded Set (GPA 8.72) -- 465 hits
  4. Lot 605 – 1967 Topps Complete PSA Graded Set (GPA 8.00) -- 439 hits
  5. Lot 38 – 1909-11 T206 Nick Maddox (Carolina Brights Reverse) EX -- 434 hits

Pre-War Baseball Highlights include: Lot 3 - 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter John Clarkson PSA 9 at $26,520, Lot 4 - 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Charles Comiskey PSA 8 at $22,320, Lot 20 - 1887 N172 Old Judge Joe Werrick NM/MT at $2340, Lot 35 - 1909-11 T206 Johnny Evers (Red Hindu Reverse) PSA 2.5 at $6300, Lot 36 - 1909-11 T206 Willie Keeler (With Bat) PSA 9 at $20,640, Lot 64 - 1912 E300 Plow's Candy Stuffy McInnes EX/NM at $3540, and Lot 72 - 1915 Cracker Jack #66 Nap Lajoie PSA 8 at $5880.

Post-War Baseball Highlights include: Lot 152 - 1952 Bowman #196 Stan Musial PSA 9 at $4620, Lot 162 - 1952 Topps #146 Frank House PSA 8.5 at $2310, Lot 177 - 1953 Bowman B&W Complete PSA Graded Set (GPA 7.24) at $13,920, Lot 188 - 1953 Topps #1 Jackie Robinson PSA 8 at $3420, Lot 344 - 1954 Topps #37 Whitey Ford PSA 9 at $3780, Lot 359 - 1955 Bowman #179 Hank Aaron MINT at $5520, Lot 375 - 1955 Topps #50 Jackie Robinson PSA 9 at $5520, Lot 641 - 1977 Topps #650 Nolan Ryan PSA 10 at $2580, and Lot 647 - 1985 Topps Mini #760 Nolan Ryan PSA 9 at $3030.

Other Sports Highlights include: Lot 723 - 1963 Topps Football Complete PSA Graded Set (GPA 8.05) at $8520, Lot 727 - 1963 Topps Football #95 Willie Wood PSA 10 at $4320, Lot 735 - 1971 Topps Football PSA Graded Near Set (GPA 8.01) at $5880, Lot 755 - 1971 Topps #250 Joe Namath PSA 9 at $5310, and Lot 764 - 1957 Topps #77 Bill Russell PSA 8 at $7740.

Greg Bussineau comments: "The bidding for finest graded, key, PSA Set Registry cards was extremely strong in this auction. Also, popular high-grade 1950's and 1960's Hall-of-Famer cards with exceptional eye-appeal brought outstanding prices. We added 130 new registered bidders since our last sale, which testifies to the continuing strong interest in high-end sports collectibles."

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

GBSR's next auction is scheduled for Spring 2012, and will run between March 15 and April 5, 2012. Consignments are currently being accepted for the sale. A special limited time offer with substantial incentives is currently available to early consignors. Anyone interested in consigning should call Greg Bussineau at (231) 922-8037.

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Greg Bussineau has been involved in the sports collectibles market since 1980. He has been a full-time dealer since 1982, when he founded Superior Sportcard. In 1996, he started Superior Sports Auctions to focus on selling world-class collections through catalog/telephone auctions. In 1999, Collectors Universe (parent company of PSA) purchased Superior Sports Auctions, upon agreement that Bussineau would stay on and run the company for three years. At the end of this agreement, Bussineau went back into business for himself and formed Legacy Sports Rarities in 2002. Currently doing business as Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities, he continues to focus on discovering and bringing to market the finest sports collectibles.