It was going to be hard for Mile High Card Company to top the March sale of the famous Charlie Sheen T206 Honus Wagner card that sold for $3.1 million.
But the Colorado company had another strong auction in March, led by high-selling vintage cards of Babe Ruth, Shoeless Joe Jackson and other early stars.
“Following the sale of the Charlie Sheen T206 Honus Wagner card in March was not an easy task, but our trusted consignors stepped up with some pretty incredible items for this event,” MHCC founder and owner Brian Drent said.
Leading the event was a 1916 M101-4 Babe Ruth rookie card, which eclipsed the previous sale and brought $440,217.
A 1915 Cracker Jack Shoeless Joe Jackson card, graded PSA NM-MT 8, closed at $212,632. a graded T206 set minus the “Big Four” netted $351,571.00.
Another big seller was a graded T206 complete set minus the “Big Four,” which netted $351,571.00.
Other big sales in August auction included:
• A 1955 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox game-used road jersey for $196,415.
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• A E95 Philadelphia Caramel Ty Cobb card, graded PSA 7, for $107,979, a record for the card.
• A 1933 Goudey #53 Babe Ruth in NM-MT+ for $72,141.
• A Babe Ruth-signed home run ticket from home run No. 346 on Aug. 11, 1926, graded PSA 2 GOOD AUTO 8, for $19,326.
• An autographed Ty Cobb photo graded PSA/DNA 10 for $16,109.
• A 1908 Reach Catcher’s Mitt Tin litho advertising Sign for $37,690.
• A T206 El Principe de Gales Walter Johnson card, graded PSA 6 EX-MT, for $35,846 and a T206 El Principe Ty Cobb PSA 5 for $33,061.
• A 1922 American Caramel Co. E121 Babe Ruth Holding Ball SGC 3 VG for $24,029 .
• A Lefty Grove #1 card from the 1934-36 Diamond Stars series, graded PSA 7, for $15,622.
Other 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack cards also fetched big prices, including: a 1914 Joe Jackson (SGC 4 VG-EX) for $120,304; a 1915 Joe Jackson (PSA 3 VG) for $59,482; a 1915 Honus Wagner (PSA 8 NM-MT) for $50,403; a 1915 Christy Mathewson (SGC NM-MT 8) for $50,012; a 1915 Charles Comiskey PSA 8 NM-MT) for a record $8,213; a Nap Lajoie (PSA 8) for a record $28,254; a John McGraw (PSA) $8,502; a 1915 Branch Rickey (PSA 8) for $20,692; and a Charles Wagner (PSA 8) for a record $11,544.
A 1951 Bowman Willie Mays card, graded SGC 8.5, also fetched a big price, selling for $191,006.
Other key single cards included: a 1916 M101-4 Joe Jackson with a rare Gimbels advertising on the back, graded PSA 4.5, for $53,950; a 1949 Bowman Satchel Paige rookie (PSA 8 NM-MT) for $29,987; a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle, graded SGC 6 EX-NM, for a record $47,659; a 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle (PSA 7) for $36,510; a Willie Mays (SGC 7.5) for $20,803; and 1957 and 1959 PSA 9 Roberto Clemente cards $20,984 and $17,236, respectively.
Among basketball cards, a Topps 1957 Bill Russell rookie card, graded SGC 7.5, sold for $52,531.
Graded complete sets also did well, including a 1965 Topps complete set, ranked #2 on the PSA Set Registry, sold for a cumulative total of $349,159 after being sold as singles, including a PSA 9 Mantle that brought $36,451.