Population and condition-rarities abound in season’s top cardboard sale

DALLAS, Texas (July 2, 2018) – The most important trading cards auction of the summer is now open for bidding at in Heritage Auctions’ Summer Sports Card event, closing in Extended Bidding format July 19-20 on HA.com. Offering more than 1,400 lots, the sale provides opportunities across the full spectrum of sports, formats and eras, with a strong concentration on early tobacco and high-grade bubble gum rookies.

More than 80 cards from the 1800s include three rare Old Judge cabinets and a near-set of the 1895 N300 Mayo Cut Plugs. High-grade candy cards follow chronologically, with E102’s from Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, E98’s of Cobb and Christy Mathewson, and the all-time finest 1921 Oxford Confectionary Set on the PSA Set Registry.

But the post-war era is expected to record the top results in the auction. “This will be the first offering of an incredible find of previously unknown ultra-high-grade 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sport Auctions at Heritage. “And high-grade rookies from Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella and Nolan Ryan are likewise going to produce six-figure results.”

Collectors concentrating on unopened material will find plenty of wax and cello to tempt them in the two-day sale, including the 1979 OPC Hockey and 1986 Fleer Basketball which may contain the highly-coveted rookies of Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan respectively.

Other highlights include:

1909 E102 “Set of 25” Honus Wagner, Throwing – the hobby’s finest known example – PSA EX-MT+ 6.5

1915 Boston Red Sox Real Photo Postcard, PSA VG+ 3.5, with Rookie Babe Ruth

1916 M101-4 The Sporting News Babe Ruth Rookie #151, PSA VG 3 (MK)

1952 Topps Baseball 5-Cent Unopened Wax Pack, PSA NM 7

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311, PSA EX 5

1957 Topps John Unitas #138

Rare 1971 Topps Football Series 2 Wax Box With 24 Unopened Packs: issued during Terry Bradshaw rookie year

The hobby’s finest known example of the 1960 Hemmets Journal Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Rookie #23, PSA Gem Mint 10

Auction is now open for bidding at in Heritage Auctions’ Summer Sports Card event, and closes in Extended Bidding format July 19-20 on HA.com.