After a string of record-breaking auctions, Mile High Card Company closes out the 2017 year with an elite December event, headlined by two newly discovered items of autographed memorabilia that are unprecedented; a 1923 completely handwritten Babe Ruth letter with baseball content PSA/DNA 9 MINT and a Jackie Robinson single-signed baseball JSA, SGC MINT 9, PSA/DNA MINT 9. Both the Robinson ball and the Ruth letter are pristine and absolutely the finest known.
“The Beer Box Find and Beer Box II really made an impact this year and we’re happy to finish of the year with a pair of items that are fresh to the hobby and simply extraordinary,” said MHCC President and CEO Brian Drent.
The Ruth letter is one of only four known fully handwritten examples and appears virtually perfect Wfrom start to finish. Addressed to well known Chicago sportswriter Harry Neily, the letter serves as a thank you for a vote that helped Ruth win the 1923 American League MVP award.
The Robinson ball has his customary “Best Wishes” greeting and signature on the side panel, triple-authenticated by JSA, SGC and PSA/DNA with the latter two grading it as 9 MINT.
Also being offered is a pair of rare, original type I photos of Babe Ruth in the early years of his career; a Babe Ruth rookie-era Type I original news photo (Underwood and Underwood) in Red Sox Uniform and a 1919 Babe Ruth Type I original photograph in Red Sox Uniform.
Another key feature is the #5 PSA Set Registry rated 1911 T3 Turkey Red collection, being offered as one complete group as well as individual cards. Highlights include: Walter Johnson PSA 5 EX, Bobby Wallace PSA 6 EX/MT, #39 Rube Waddell PSA 6 EX/MT, #23 Nap Lajoie PSA 5 EX, #42 Cy Young PSA 4 VG/EX, #19 Addie Joss PSA 5 EX, #36 Tris Speaker PSA 4.5 VG/EX+, #4 Roger Bresnahan PSA 5 EX, #87 Eddie Collins PSA 5 EX, #27 Christy Mathewson PSA 5 EX (MK), #16 Johnny Evers PSA 5 EX, #17 Clark Griffith PSA 5 EX and #80 Chief Bender PSA 5 EX.
Other top sports cards in the auction, include: 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Adrian C. Anson SGC 84 NM 7, 1908 E102 Ty Cobb SGC 60 EX 5, 1909-11 American Caramel E90-1 Joe Jackson SGC 70 EX+ 5.5, 1911 T3 Turkey Red #9 Ty Cobb PSA 5 EX, 1921 American Caramel Co. E121 Babe Ruth SGC 55 VG/EX 4.5, 1925 Exhibits Henry L. Gehrig PSA 4(MK) VG/EX, 1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie PSA 4 VG/EX, 1939 Play Ball #92 Ted Williams SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5, 1948-49 Leaf Gum Co. #79 Jackie Robinson SGC 84 NM 7, 1949 Bowman #36 Pee Wee Reese PSA 10 GEM MINT, 1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays PSA 8 NM/MT, 1952 Topps #36 Gil Hodges PSA 9 MINT, 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente PSA 8 NM/MT, 1956 Topps #130 Willie Mays PSA 9 MINT, 1962 Topps #471 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 MINT, 1964 Topps #50 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 MINT, 1957-58 Topps #77 Bill Russell SGC 86 NM+ 7.5, and 1981 Topps #216 Joe Montana PSA 10 GEM MINT.
The MHCC December auction also has the strongest collection of signed baseballs that the company has ever offered, over 140 autographed balls with single-signed examples of Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Cy Young, Paul Waner, Joe Cronin and Gabby Hartnett.
Team signed balls from the 1927 New York Yankees with Gehrig, 1937 All-Star Game ball with Gehrig, Foxx and DiMaggio, 1937 New York Giants with Mel Ott, 1951 New York Giants with rookie Willie Mays, 1951 New York Yankees with DiMaggio, Rizzuto and Berra, 1961 N.L. All-Star team featuring Clemente and 1962 All-Star Game ball with Clemente, Koufax, Mays and Aaron will be up for bidding. Each ball is authenticated by PSA/DNA.
World-ranked sets are prominently featured once again with a 1954 New York Journal American Set completely PSA Graded #1 on PSA Set Registry, 1975 Hostess Master complete set #1 on PSA Set Registry, 1975 Hostess Twinkie complete set #1 on PSA Set Registry, 1964 Philadelphia Football complete set #1 on PSA Set Registry with set rating of 10.595, and 1957-58 Topps Hockey complete set completely PSA Graded #10 on PSA Set Registry.
Other impressive collections include: 1906 Fan Craze American League complete set with PSA graded, 1933 Goudey complete set with PSA graded, 1934 Goudey complete set with PSA graded, 1948 Leaf Baseball complete set with PSA graded, 1953 Topps Baseball complete set with PSA graded, and 1960 Topps high grade complete set with MINT Clemente.
Bidding for the December auction will end Dec. 7.
To view all the lots of the auction, visit: www.milehighcardco.com.