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Records Fall for Mantle, Clemente Cards in Mile High Auctions

From the opening bell, the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card graded PSA 6.5 but possessing the sharpness and centering of a NM/MT card was on its way to record territory, crossing the $100,000 threshold within hours of bidding. When all was said and done, the card changed hands to the tune of $188,207.

Mile High Card Co.’s May Auction closed to spectacular results, with total sales just short of $2 million, while erasing many records by doubling and even tripling previous landmark prices.

“We expected the ’52 Mantle to completely destroy the record, but even with a high level of optimism leading up to the auction, we were blown away by the results,” said MHCC President and CEO Brian Drent.

$188,207

$188,207

Right from the opening bell, the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card graded PSA 6.5 but possessing the sharpness and centering of a NM/MT card was on its way to record territory, crossing the $100,000 threshold within the first two hours of bidding. When all was said and done, the card changed hands to the tune of $188,207, beating a higher-graded PSA 7 example that sold two months ago by over $27,000.

As the auction went on, it became clear that the ’52 Mantle was not an exception, with card after card falling to unprecedented prices that no one could have predicted: a 1914 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb PSA 8 NM/MT sold for $105,606, 1902-11 Sporting Life W600 Honus Wagner VG/EX was bid to $57,261, 1902-11 W600 Sporting Life Napoleon Lajoie PSA 6 EX/MT went for $40,992, 1902-11 Sporting Life W600 Christy Mathewson GOOD+ 2.5 brought in $17,288, 1965 Topps #350 Mickey Mantle PSA 9 MINT closed at $24,331, 1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays PSA 8 NM/MT ended at $37,869, 1971 Topps #630 Roberto Clemente PSA 9 MINT that nearly doubled the previous record price at $15,127 and a 1984-85 Star #101 Michael Jordan BGS 9 MINT closed at an incredible $46,569.

The Spectacular Newly Discovered 1915 E145 Cracker Jack Advertising Display Poster, one of less than five known to exist, saw steady action throughout the night and closed at $61,741.

$105,606

$105,606

Other high-profile cards that brought about phenomenal results include a pair of 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente rookie cards that each earned a sale price of $68,018, 1909 E92 Nadja Caramel Honus Wagner "Batting" PSA 3 VG that brought in $6,321, 1909-11 T206 Piedmont Ty Cobb Portrait Green Background PSA 3 VG that ended at $4,523, 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth NM+ 7.5 that sold for $13,337, 1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron PSA 8 NM/MT that sold for $38,129, 1952 Topps #136 Johnny Schmitz PSA 9 MINT that found a new home for $4,316, 1952 Topps #321 Joe Black PSA 9 MINT that went for $10,817, 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle PSA 7 NM that closed at $15,311, 1964 Topps #125 Pete Rose PSA 9 MINT that sold just short of $10,000, 1956 Topps #33 Roberto Clemente PSA 8 NM/MT that sold for a whopping $3,299, 1956 Topps #83 Karl Spooner PSA 10 GEM MINT set a new record at $4,393, 1960 Topps #326 Bob Clemente PSA 9 MINT went for $9,018, 1964 Bazooka Panel Roberto Clemente PSA 10 GEM MINT sold for $4,316, 1966 Topps #100 Sandy Koufax PSA 9 MINT blew away previous marks with a sale at $3,993, 1966 Topps #215 NL Batting Leaders (Clemente/Aaron/Mays) PSA 10 GEM MINT destroyed the record book with a price of $8,565, 1971 Topps #1 Oscar Robertson PSA 9 MINT that also set a new mark at $1,986, 1973 O-Pee-Chee #615 Mike Schmidt PSA 10 GEM MINT that changed hands for $9,226 and a 1956 Topps #135 Mickey Mantle PSA 8 NM/MT that sold for $10,150.

$61,741

$61,741

But it wasn’t just high-grade single cards bringing in astronomical results, with a 1909-11 T206 Complete Set Minus The Big Four with PSA Graded garnering $33,792, 1933 Goudey Near-Complete Set (237/240) With Two Ruths and Both Gehrigs All PSA 4 VG/EX earning $27,537, Exceptionally High Grade 1965 Topps Near Complete Set of (424/598) Cards Completely PSA Graded all PSA 8 or 9 closing out at $23,403 and a 1968 Topps Football Near Complete Master Set (214/220) All PSA 9 MINT #2 on PSA Set Registry bringing in $20,725.

Unopened material and memorabilia continued the trend, with bidders battling over a 1974 Topps Football Full Unopened Vending Box Group of (13) before it landed at a sale price of $34,243, a quartet of 1985 Topps Football Full Unopened Rack Pack Cases that brought in just short of $4,000 each and three individual 1976-77 Topps Hockey Full Unopened Wax Cases that sold for a total of $26,158. A 1980s Bo Jackson Auburn Tigers Game-Used Jersey brought the curtain down at $10,692, 1960s Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves Game-Used Batting Helmet from Delbert Mickel Collection sold for $10,163, 1985 Eric Dickerson Los Angeles Rams Game-Used and Signed Helmet With Team LOA finished at $5,474 and a Spectacular 1934 New York Yankees Team-Signed Baseball with (24) Signatures Featuring Ruth and Gehrig sold for $10,406. A pair of Thurman Munson signed Topps cards attained unprecedented results, with a signed 1971 Topps #5 Munson selling for $5,260 and a 1977 Topps #170 Munson reaching $3,951.

For more information on this sale, call (303) 840-2784 tor visit www.milehighcardco.com.