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Ty Cobb’s used dentures, rare cards lead record-setting SCP auction

Several rare and unusual sports cards and pieces of memorabilia, including Ty Cobb's dentures, highlighted SCP Auctions' record-setting summer auction.

Despite a downturn in the sports collectibles market, vintage sports cards and memorabilia are still in demand as SCP Auction demonstrated this weekend.

SCP Auctions’ 2022 Summer Premier Auction broke more than a dozen records as it closed with a flurry on Friday night, with Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig and other sports legends leading the way.

A rare 1959 Topps Mickey Mantle card, graded SGC 9, sold for $60,667, a record for any SGC-graded example of the card. 

1959 Topps Mickey Mantle card.

1959 Topps Mickey Mantle card.

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A 1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb card, graded PSA 3, also set a record for its grade with a final price of $50,062, while a T206 Piedmont Ty Cobb Bat Off Shoulder card, graded PSA 6, set a record for that variation when it sold for $37,668.

A 1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb card.

A 1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb card.

Even Ty Cobb’s dentures brought an impressive price. The most rare item in the auction, Cobb's well-preserved and personally-used dentures previously displayed at the Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown sold for $18,840.

Ty Cobb's used dentures that were displayed in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ty Cobb's used dentures that were displayed in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Another one of the most rare items was a 1928 Yuengling's Ice Cream #26 Lou Gehrig card, graded PSA 8, which went for a record $28,255.

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Among game-worn memorabilia, the jersey worn by two-way star Shohei Ohtani when he hit his milestone 45th home run of his 2021 MVP season stole the show. The Ohtani-signed and inscribed threads brought $77,172, while a pair of 1996 Michael Jordan Air Jordan XI game-worn and signed sneakers also attracted a strong result, selling for $50,137.

Shohei Ohtani signed and game-worn jersey from his 2021 MVP season.

Shohei Ohtani signed and game-worn jersey from his 2021 MVP season.

Also offered were more than 50 vintage boxing cards and memorabilia items relating to legendary fighter Jack Johnson, including a historic 1910 letter challenging James Jeffries to the 1910 World Heavyweight Championship, which sold for $40,388.

A historic 1910 letter from Jack Johnson challenging James Jeffries to the 1910 World Heavyweight Championship.

A historic 1910 letter from Jack Johnson challenging James Jeffries to the 1910 World Heavyweight Championship.

Other auction highlights include:

• Oscar Robertson's 1979-80 Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame Ring for $41,435.

Oscar Robertson's 1979-80 Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame ring.

Oscar Robertson's 1979-80 Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame ring.

• A 1910 E98 set of (red) 30 Ty Cobb cards for $37,610

• A 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Blue Refractor Mike Trout signed rookie card (BGS 9.5) for $34,243.

A 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Mike Trout Blue Refractor.

A 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Mike Trout Blue Refractor.

• 1980s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-autographed Los Angeles Lakers game-used goggles for $29,586.

• A 2012 Derek Jeter-signed Louisville Slugger game-used bat photo-matched to nine games and nine hits for $26,669.

• A 1970 Pelé Brazil National Team match-worn and autographed jersey for $26,669.

• A 2014 Aaron Judge Tampa Yankees (Single-A) game-worn home jersey, photo-matched to three games, for $22,039.

• A 2007 Boston Red Sox World Series Championship players-style ring with original presentation box for $20,724.

• A 1996 Topps Chrome Refractor #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie card (PSA 9) for $20,724.

• A 1915 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb (PSA 2) for $20,724.

• A 1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays Rookie (BVG 6) for $20,060.

• A 2009 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Numbers Pieces Autographs card of Julius Erving and Bill Russell (BGS 8, 10 AUTO) for a record $19,540.

• July 3, 1967 Sports Illustrated featuring Roberto Clemente’s first cover for $19,078.

• A 1910 T206 Piedmont Cy Young Cleveland Portrait for $17,126.

• A 2009 National Treasures Timeline Materials Last Name Signatures #5 Stephen Curry Rookie card (BGS 9.5, 10 AUTO) for $15,569.

• A 1917 Chicago White Sox World Series Champions original Type 1 photo by George Grantham Bain with all “eight men out” from the infamous Black Sox scandal $14,032.

• A 1911 original Type I photograph of Ty Cobb sliding into home wearing a Cleveland Naps uniform at the first unofficial all-star game for $10,780.

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