PSA Mint 9 1950 Bowman Bob Feller - sold for $9,028 at Superior's recent sale.
PSA Mint 9 1950 Bowman Bob Feller - sold for $9,028 at Superior's recent sale.

High-Grade Rarities and Memorabilia Highlight Superior Sports Auction

With a vast assortment of high-end PSA stars, commons and unique sports memorabilia, Superior Sports closed with $863,000 in bidding. In addition to various key cards throughout the sale, Superior offered tremendous groups of 1948 Bowman basketball and 1961 Topps baseball cards -- a run of over 300 blazers. Always known for exceptional sportscard offerings, Superior has also slowly been building their memorabilia offerings and it was evident during this sale. The Amon Carter collection, which included an incredible array of tickets and press pins, caught the attention of many bidders. A 1909 World Series Full Ticket sold for $4,370.

Here is a quick peek at some of the other highlights:

Item Price Realized
PSA NM 7 1948 Bowman Basketball George Mikan $5,371
PSA Mint 9 1961 Topps Bill Mazeroski $891
PSA Mint 9 1061 Topps Phil Rizzuto MVP $949
PSA NM 7 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski $7,763
PSA Mint 9 1949 Bowman Roy Campanella $6,038
PSA Mint 9 1950 Bowman Bob Feller $9,028
PSA Mint 9 1955 Topps Jackie Robinson $5,808
PSA NM 7 1924 Willard Chocolate Ty Cobb $2,881
PSA NM-MT 8 1949 Bowman Bob Swift $4,715
PSA NM-MT 8 1953 Bowman Marty Marion $2,645
PSA Mint 9 1962 Topps Rocky Colavito $1,438
PSA Mint 9 1965 Topps Joe Morgan $1,840
PSA Gem Mint 10 1972 Topps Harmon Killebrew In Action $1,150
PSA NM-MT 8 1962 Topps Johnny Unitas $2,070
PSA Mint 9 1957 Topps Basketball Guy Sparrow $1,754
PSA Mint 9 1971 Topps A.L. Home Run Leaders $891
PSA Mint Gem Mint 10 1971 Topps Bert Campaneris $1,610
PSA NM-MT 8 1968 Topps Baseball Set $12,650
PSA High-Grade 1964 Topps Giants set $4,945
1927 World Series Press Pin $5,750
1923 World Series Full Ticket $4,255
1919 World Series Ticket Stub $2,070
(2) 1927 World Series Full Tickets $1,955
1909-30 World Series Ticket Group $5,635
1927 Babe Ruth Signed Baseball $7,763

"Superior is proud to have again fairly offered to collectors an incredible array of cards, memorabilia and collectibles," explained Chris Porter, President of Superior Sports. "These prices represent the underlying strength of the card market. Compared to anytime in the last three years, now is a good time to be selling sportscards."

"This is the first time in 15 years that 'The National' will be held on the East Coast, so in addition to our normal, wide-range of auction items, we will place special emphasis on vintage New York material, "said Porter. "We already have more than a half-million dollars worth of sports cards and sports memorabilia scheduled for this auction, and we accepting additional consignments until May 23."

One of the highlights already consigned is a one-of-a-kind 1952 Topps Bobby Thomson card graded PSA 10. Thompson was the hero who hit "the shot heard 'round the world" to win the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants. The card's pre-sale estimate is $15,000 to $18,000.

"We encourage collectors to make plans now to attend The National in Atlantic City, New Jersey this summer," said Porter. "Ticket and other general information on The National is available on their web site at"

Make plans now to attend Superior's LIVE AUCTION to be held at this year's National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, NJ. Offered will be another tremendous assortment of quality cards and memorabilia.


Steve Garvey Rookie Stuns at Andy Madec Auction


Andy Madec held one of his traditional high quality auctions recently and, of course, strong prices were once again not uncommon. There was one card in particular that stood out from the rest, not because it sold for six figures, but because it exemplified the strength in the market for tough, high-end cards of this nature. I am talking about a PSA 9 Mint 1971 Topps Steve Garvey rookie card -- a card that sold for $1,354!

"There were a host of new bidders who participated in this auction and the final prices reflected a healthy market with much optimism and confidence," Andy Madec commented. "Aggressive bidding on rarities and obscure issues is proof that this is a market ready to expand. Collectors are not merely collecting the mainstream issues anymore; they are looking to assemble the sets that other collectors are overlooking at the moment. People are confident purchasing cards and memorabilia at current levels and I see only positive signs for the future."

Andy Madec's next auction is scheduled for September/October 2003.

Here is a quick peek at some of the other highlights.

Item Price Realized
PSA 5 EX 1887 N172 Old Judge Ed Delahanty $5,184
PSA 5 EX 1922 E121 American Caramel Babe Ruth $1,576
PSA 8 NM-MT 1914 Cracker Jack #66 Nap Lajoie $6,274
High Grade 1904 Fan Craze A.I. Complete Set (52) With Original Box and Accessories $11,500
PSA 4 VG-EX 1910 E98 Set of 30 Hans Wagner $1,504
PSA 4 VG-EX 1910 E98 Set of 30 Ty Cobb $1,504
PSA 4 VG-EX 1911 D304 Brunners Bread Ty Cobb $3,230
PSA Mint. T206 Germany Schaeffer $1,854
PSA 3 VG 1923 E123 Curtis Ireland Candy Ty Cobb $2,147
PSA 9 Mint T206 Iron Man McGinnity $5,191
PSA 8 NM-MT Small Hoard of High Grade T206 White Border Tobacco Cards (22) all $9,503
PSA 8 NM-MT 1933 DeLong #4 Bill Terry $2,287
PSA 8 NM-MT 1933 Goudey #13 Frank Frisch $1,264
PSA 8 NM-MT 1941 Play Ball #21 Charlie Keller $700
PSA 7 NM T206 White Border Collection (8) all $2,310
PSA 9 Mint. 1957 Topps #312 Tony Kubek $1,390
PSA 8 NM-MT 1957 Topps #407 Yankees Power Hitters $1,735
PSA 9 Mint. 1959 Topps #81 Hal Jeffcoat $389
PSA 9 Mint. 1959 Topps #135 Gene Oliver $472
PSA 9 Mint. 1959 Topps #143 Willie Tasby $629
PSA 9 Mint. 1959 Topps #348 Ted Lepcio $519
PSA 9 Mint. 1959 Topps #356 Bob Mabe $354
PSA 10 Gen-Mint 1961 Topps #49 NL Strikeout Leaders $2,244
PSA 9 Mint. 1959 Topps #412 Stan Lopata $472
PSA 9 Mint. 1959 Topps #501 Bobby Tiefenauer $439
PSA 9 Mint. 1959 Topps #555 Bill Mazeroski AS $629
PSA 9 Mint. 1967 Topps #600 Brooks Robinson $1,909
PSA 10 Gem-Mint 1968 Topps #72 Tommy John $629
PSA 10 Gem-Mint 1968 Topps #480 Managers Dream $2,468
PSA 9 Mint 1969 Topps #120 Pete Rose $636
PSA 10 Gem-Mint 1974 Topps #250 Willie McCovey (Wash.) $847
PSA 10 Gem-Mint. 1977 Topps Cloth Stickers #41 Mike Schmidt $439
PSA 10 Gem-Mint. 1979 Topps #204 Pete Rose (Record Breaker) $693
PSA 9 Mint. 1958 Topps #120 Raymond Berry $924
PSA 9 Mint. 1963 Parkhurst #55 Gordie Howe $1,854
PSA 9 Mint. 1971 O-Pee-Chee #133 Marcel Dionne $1,805
PSA 9 Mint. 1961 Topps #1 Johnny Unitas $932
PSA 8 NM-MT 1966 Philadelphia #31 Dick Butkus $1,129
PSA 9 Mint. 1966 Philadelphia #32 Mike Ditka $629
PSA 9 Mint. 1969 Topps #120 Larry Csonka $847
PSA 8 NM-MT Incredible 1956 Topps Baseball Partial Set All $15,700
High Grade 1961 Fleer Football Complete Set (220) $2,795
PSA Gem Mint 10 1972 Topps Harmon Killebrew In Action - sold for $1,150.
PSA Gem Mint 10 1972 Topps Harmon Killebrew In Action - sold for $1,150.
PSA Mint Gem Mint 10 1971Topps Bert Campaneris - sold for $1,610.
PSA Mint Gem Mint 10 1971Topps Bert Campaneris - sold for $1,610.

Joe Orlando has been an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia for over 30 years. Orlando attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied communications and was the starting catcher for the baseball team. After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Orlando obtained a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Southern California in the spring of 1999. During the last sixteen years, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. Orlando has also authored two books for Collectors Universe. Orlando's first book, The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby, was released in the summer of 2002. His second book, Collecting Sports Legends, was released in the summer of 2008. Orlando has appeared on numerous radio and television programs as a hobby expert including ESPN's award-winning program Outside the Lines, HBO's Real Sports and the Fox Business Network, as the featured guest. Currently, Orlando is the President of PSA and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication services in the hobby. He is also Editor of the company's nationally distributed Sports Market Report, which under Orlando's direction has developed into a leading resource in the market. Orlando also contributed the foreword and last chapter to The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories, a 2010 release, and to The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, a 2013 release. Recently, Orlando helped put together a new hobby book entitled The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs, which was released in the summer of 2016.