Laguna Niguel, Calif. – SCP Auctions’ 2021 Fall Premier Auction finished strong on Saturday, Oct. 30. A flurry of bidders competed for the over 1,200 valuable and important cards and memorabilia lots offered in the sale, especially the Holy Grail of the hobby, a 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner graded PSA Authentic, that sold for over $1.1 million.
SCP also set over two dozen new world records in the Fall Premier. A 1968 Topps Mickey Mantle example graded PSA Gem Mint 10 reset the market for that card, raking in an incredible $214,579.
Among the other new records were a 1961 Topps Billy Williams rookie graded PSA Gem Mint 10 that took home $92,086, a 1961 Topps Frank Robinson All Star graded PSA Gem Mint 10 that went for $89,934, and a 1961 Topps Stan Musial graded PSA Gem Mint 10 that brought $79,709. “The sports memorabilia market is on fire, as evidenced by the world records we set last night,” SCP President David Kohler said. “From high-end graded cards to the best of sports memorabilia, the results of our Fall Premier Auction are astonishing.”
A few of the many other amazing vintage and modern cardboard results were a 1961 Topps Juan Marichal rookie that garnered $75,205, a 1949 Bowman Roy Campanella rookie in a PSA Mint 9 that sold for $66,734, and a 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie in a PSA VG+ 3.5 that went for $55,068.
The auction also included a variety of world-class results for highly desirable pieces of sports history. Barry Bonds’ 500th home run ball led the memorabilia sales with a final price of $303,277 when all was said and done. Affirmed’s 1978 Triple Crown trophy brought a big result. Horse racing’s most prized award sold for $150,391. A baseball signed by Christy Mathewson at the first game of the 1910 World Series took home $100,100.
Game-worn memorabilia from ABA legends John Beasley and Mel Daniels brought big results as well, with bidders coming in hot near the end of the proceedings. Daniels’ ABA All-Star 1974 jersey and 1972 shorts excelled in the sale, garnering $135,966. Beasley’s gamers cleaned up as well. His 1971-74 Utah Stars uniform brought $40,954, 1968 ABA All Star uniform took home $38,084, and 1969 ABA All Star uniform sold for $21,494.
The rare original photo buyers were out in full force and brought major action to the category
during the sale. A 1920 Babe Ruth photo from his first New York Yankees appearance encapsulated PSA/DNA Type 1 led the way with a final price realized of $48,871. Other excellent photograph results were a rare 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. photo from his “I Have A Dream” speech that sold for $36,404, a 1973 Bruce Lee “Enter the Dragon” that brought $19,608, and a historic 1984 Michael Jordan ‘Bulls Sign Jordan’ shot that went for $18,368.
The Auction Highlights
1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner - PSA AUTHENTIC (RESTORED) - $1,102,806
Ball Hit by Barry Bonds for Career Home Run #500 on 4/17/2001 - $303,277
1968 Topps #280 Mickey Mantle - PSA GEM MINT 10 - $214,579 (NEW WORLD RECORD)
Affirmed's 1978 Triple Crown Trophy Presented to HOF Trainer Laz Barrera & Signed by Jockey Steve Cauthen - PSA/DNA LOA - $150,391
Mel Daniels' ABA All-Star Uniforms - 1974 Jersey #34 & 1972 Shorts - $135,966
1910 Christy Mathewson Single-Signed Baseball - Signed at First Game of World Series - PSA/DNA LOA - $100,100
1961 Topps #141 Billy Williams Rookie - PSA GEM MINT 10 - DMITRI YOUNG COLLECTION - $92,086 (NEW WORLD RECORD)
1961 Topps #581 Frank Robinson All Star - PSA GEM MINT 10 - $89,934 (NEW WORLD RECORD)
1961 Topps #290 Stan Musial - PSA GEM MINT 10 - $79,709 (NEW WORLD RECORD)
1961 Topps #417 Juan Marichal Rookie - PSA GEM MINT 10 - $75,205 (NEW WORLD RECORD)
Roger Peckinpaugh Game Worn 1918 New York Yankees Road Uniform with WWI Memorial Armband - MEARS A7.5 - $75,205
1961 Topps #578 Mickey Mantle All Star - PSA GEM MINT 10 - $73,409 (NEW WORLD REXORD)
1949 Bowman #84 Roy Campanella Rookie - PSA MINT 9 - $66,734 (NEW WORLD RECORD FOR THIS GRADE)
1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie - PSA VG+ 3.5 - $55,068 (NEW WORLD RECORD FOR THIS GRADE)
1998 Mark McGwire Game Used Signed & Inscribed Adirondack Bat from His Record 70-HR Season - PSA/DNA GU 10/JAVY LOPEZ LOA - $49,555 (NEW WORLD RECORD FOR MCGWIRE BAT)
1920 Babe Ruth '1st New York Yankees Appearance' - Underwood & Underwood - 7" X 9 1/2" PSA/DNA TYPE I PHOTOGRAPH - $48,871
1972 Topps #595 Nolan Ryan - PSA GEM MINT 10 - $42,955 (NEW WORLD RECORD)
C. 1971-74 John Beasley Utah Stars Game Worn White Uniform with Stirrups - BEASLEY LOA - $40,954
1970 Pele Brazil Match Worn & Signed Shirt from Brazil VS. Austria April 29, 1970 - MEARS A10/EX-BRAZIL PLAYER PROVENANCE - $39,049