Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities Announces Successful Completion of Its Spring 2012 Auction

Key 1950's Baseball Hall-of-Famers, High Grade Football, and Set Registry Rarities Especially Strong

Greg Bussineau Sports Rarities is pleased to announce the successful completion of its Spring 2012 catalog/internet auction event. Concluded on Thursday, April 5th, the auction generated total prices realized of $680,250. There were 4,586 registered bidders, 355 active bidders, and 175 different winning bidders. A total of 561 lots were featured, of which 559 (99.6%) sold. There were 3,427 bids placed, for an average of 6.1 bids per lot.

The following five lots achieved the highest prices realized:



  1. Lot 440 – 1960 Topps Baseball Complete PSA Graded Set (GPA 8.29) -- $46,200
  2. Lot 177 – 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 7 -- $30,000
  3. Lot 209 – 1954 Bowman #65 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 -- $28,920
  4. Lot 124 – 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 -- $24,720
  5. Lot 23 – 1909-11 T206 Rube Waddell (Throwing) PSA 9 -- $23,520

The following six lots received the most bids:

  1. Lot 13 – 1906 Fan Craze N.L. Luther H. Taylor NM/MT+ -- 31 bids
  2. Lot 54 – 1912 T202 Desperate Slide for Third - Ty Cobb / O'Leary PSA 7 -- 29 bids
  3. Lot 55 – 1912 T202 Devlin Gets His Man - Christy Mathewson / Devlin (Giants) PSA 7 -- 29 bids
  4. Lot 529 – 1977 Topps #360 Walter Payton PSA 10 -- 29 bids
  5. Lot 556 – 1933 Goudey Sports Kings #8 Walter Hagen PSA 8.5 -- 28 bids
  6. Lot 124 – 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 -- 28 bids

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

  1. Lot 124 – 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 -- 550 hits
  2. Lot 11 – 1960 Topps Baseball Complete PSA Graded Set (GPA 8.29) -- 540 hits
  3. Lot 177 – 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 7 -- 532 hits
  4. Lot 209 – 1954 Bowman #65 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 -- 447 hits
  5. Lot 439 – 1959 Topps Baseball Near Complete Graded Set -- 388 hits

Pre-War Baseball Highlights include: Lot 13 - 1906 Fan Craze N.L. Luther H. Taylor NM/MT+ at $3750, Lot 22 - 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb (Red Portrait) NM at $6360, Lot 23 – 1909-11 T206 Rube Waddell (Throwing) PSA 9 at $23,520, Lot 54 – 1912 T202 Desperate Slide for Third - Ty Cobb / O'Leary PSA 7 at $7850, Lot 55 – 1912 T202 Devlin Gets His Man - Christy Mathewson / Devlin (Giants) PSA 7 at $4980, Lot 77 - 1912 T202 Too Late for Devlin - Meyers / Wiltse PSA 7.5 at $3150, Lot 78 - 1912 T202 Ty Cobb Steals Third - Austin / Stovall PSA 7 at $3420, Lot 80 - 1916 Herpolsheimer Co. #91 Walter Johnson PSA 7 at $6360, and Lot 98 - 1935 Diamond Stars #66 Ducky Medwick PSA 9 at $4620.

Post-War Baseball Highlights include: Lot 124 – 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 at $24,720, Lot 209 – 1954 Bowman #65 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 at $28,920, Lot 422 - 1956 Topps #5 Ted Williams PSA 8.5 at $3060, Lot 425 - 1956 Topps #130 Willie Mays PSA 9 at $4320, Lot 440 – 1960 Topps Baseball Complete PSA Graded Set (GPA 8.29) at $46,200, and Lot 489 - 1966 Topps #300 Bob Clemente PSA 9 at $3180.

Football Highlights include: Lot 476 - 1959 Topps #23 Bart Starr PSA 10 at $7260, Lot 481 - 1959 Topps #40 Bobby Layne PSA 10 at $3150, Lot 497 - 1963 Topps #98 Fran Tarkenton PSA 9 at $3750, Lot 526 - 1976 Topps #148 Walter Payton PSA 10 at $5310, Lot 529 - 1977 Topps #360 Walter Payton PSA 10 at $4110, and Lot 540 - 1984 Topps #228 Walter Payton PSA 10 at $2430.

Other Sports Highlights include: Lot 550 - 1960 Topps #14 Stan Mikita PSA 8 at $1950 and Lot 556 - 1933 Goudey Sport Kings #8 Walter Hagen PSA 8.5 at $9960.

Greg Bussineau comments: "The market for rare and/or very high-grade sportscards is the strongest it's been in the last five years. In this auction, a number of popular and important cards sold for the highest prices on record. Also, we added close to 100 new registered bidders since our last sale, which confirms that interest in sports collectibles continues to grow."

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 Summer 2012, and will run between July 5th and July 26th, 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, or email him at [email protected].

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