Centennial, Colo. – Jump-starting the New Year with a resounding bang, Mile High Card Co. concluded its Premium Holiday auction on Jan. 31 and saw tremendous results across the board. This auction had a markedly different feel in terms of size and scope in comparison to traditional MHCC auctions, focusing on a smaller lot size with select higher-level items being offered continuing the format the company has used the previous three years to start the year.
"This elite format allowed us to concentrate on what we feel is the 'best of the best' resulting in superior collectibles achieving record-setting prices, said MHCC President and CEO Brian Drent, "We are always excited to be able to offer top-shelf material in this more exclusive auction format. Our loyal customers have come to expect nothing but the best from our company, and once again our amazing consignors stepped up to the plate and made this tremendous sale a top-flight event with the level of collectibles that were offered.”
Leading the way in the sports card offerings was the sale of a stunning 1911 T3 Turkey Red’s complete set that sold for a cumulative $200,642, with individual highlights being the #9 Ty Cobb graded PSA EX/MT 6 selling for $25,273 and the #101 Wee Willie Keeler PSA 7 commanding $13,438, while the #16 Johnny Evers PSA 6 EX/MT found a new home at the tune of $7,063.
The auction also featured an outstanding 1911 T205 complete set that was completely PSA graded with an amazing GPA of 5.869 ranking as the third-highest graded complete set on the PSA Set Registry. The set was offered in the MHCC aggregate form and sold individually for a total of $131,609.00, some of the highlights of the set are the following: A stunning 1911 T205 Gold Border Addie Joss PSA 6 EX/MT with only one graded higher by PSA sold for $6,420, while a T205 Gold Border Irvin K. Wilhelm "'Suffered' in 18th Line" PSA 4 VG/EX reached $7,1320, a T205 Gold Border R. Hoblitzell "No Stats" PSA 5 EX found a new home in tune with market pricing at $11,308, as well the popular pasteboard of Ty Cobb from the 1911 T205 series graded EX/MT 6 by PSA sold for $5,426.
Also offered in the impressive assemblage of prewar material was a stunning and attention commanding 1911 M116 Sporting Life Master Set #2 All-Time Finest on PSA Set Registry with GPA of 6.387 that fetched an impressive $98,508! A terrific
1913 T200 Fatima Team Card Complete Set Completely PSA Graded #3 All Time Finest on the PSA Set Registry was sold as individual lots for a cumulative $15,532.
In addition to the highlights from the prewar era, the following collectibles performed to exceptional levels: A 1909 T204 Ramly Eddie Collins PSA 8 NM/MT sold for an impressive $16,286, while a 1915 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb SGC 86 NM+ 7.5 closed at $17,362, and a 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig PSA 8 NM/MT sold for $12,440. The sale also featured the realized price of $17,101 for a 1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth
graded SGC 88 NM/MT 8, a 1975 Topps #620 Gary Carter graded PSA 10 GEM MINT sold for an impressive $6,932.94, and a 1948 Leaf Near Complete Set Completely PSA Graded #10 Current Finest on the PSA Set Registry sold for $22,922.
Performing far above recent market value was a 1950 Bowman #22 Jackie Robinson PSA 8.5 NM/MT+ which sold for $5,969. Proving that Mickey Mantle is the backbone of our hobby an attractive lower grade 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle graded PSA 1.5 FR sold for an impressive $6,566. A 1964 Topps #581 Gonzalez/Moore PSA 9 MINT sold for an awesome $1,774.In addition to cards MHCC offered a select group of unopened lots that were highlighted by the following: A 1972 Topps Full Unopened 5th/6th Series Wax Box sold for an impressive $7,235, while a scarce 1991 Topps Desert Shield Full Unopened Wax Box sold for $5,098.
As with all Mile High auctions there was a select amount of exceptionally high-end memorabilia that was highlighted by the much ballyhooed Babe Ruth and Al Capone signed OAL (Harridge) ball that sold for an impressive $61,863. A 1927 Babe Ruth single-signed ball with exceptional provenance sold for $8,435, as well a 1927 New York Yankees reunion team-signed ball signed in the early 1940s with (11) signatures featuring Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, Pennock, Bengough reached a new home to the tune of $7,477. An Exceptional Roberto Clemente Signed ONL (Giles) Ball LOA JSA with removals realized $4,484, while a Babe Ruth signed postcard PSA/DNA 9 MINT sold for $4,874. A scarce Circa 1910 Ty Cobb "Fan for a Fan" reached a final realized price of $6,788.
"Once again, the number of newly registered bidders combined with the strength of the final sale prices offers evidence that the hobby continues to thrive, and that truly great material will always sell for tremendous prices," Drent said.
As always, the entire list of prices realized is available on www.milehighcardco.com.