Mile High Card Co.’s Elite January Auction, with bidding ending Jan. 21, once again rewrote the record books and set new standards for the industry.
Leading the charge was an astounding 1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron PSA 9 Mint card that had several high-profile collectors battling deep into the night. When the hammer finally dropped, this incredible card changed hands for the sum of $192,547.
“We’re very pleased with the final result of the Hank Aaron rookie card, which was more than three times the amount of the last public sale just over a year ago,” said MHCC President and CEO Brian Drent. “Prices across the board were very strong in this auction, so it appears that the bull market continues to achieve exceptionally strong results.”
Collectors of 1950 Bowman football and 1955 Topps All-American football were given the opportunity to raise the level of their collections though the breakup of both No. 1 PSA Set Registry rated sets, and certainly took advantage of it. When all was said and done, the 1950 Bowman collection brought in a whopping cumulative sum of $127,800, led by 1950 Bowman #45 Otto Graham PSA 9 Mint, which obliterated the previous record price with a sale at $17,025. Other strong prices from the set include #1 Doak Walker PSA 8 NM/MT at $5,958, #43 Marion Motley PSA 9 Mint at $4,523, #78 Dante Lavelli PSA 9 Mint at $4,833, and the one and only #144 Knox Ramsey PSA 10 Gem Mint at $5,923. The 1955 Topps All-American set, which brought in an amazing sum of $91,140, was paced by #64 Benny Friedman PSA 9 Mint, which changed hands at $6,900, with #37 Jim Thorpe PSA 9 Mint at $6,715, #97 Don Hutson PSA 9 Mint at $6,704, #84 Ace Parker PSA 9 Mint at $5,316, and #68 The Four Horsemen PSA 9 Mint at $3,782.
Other standout items include a 1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson PSA 8 NM/MT (OC), which sold for $15,330, 1915 Cracker Jack #57 Walter Johnson Mint that went for $26,867, 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig Mint that brought in $57,183, 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle Mint that hammered at $27,095, and the one and only 1962 Topps #218 Joe Torre PSA 10 Gem Mint, which caught the attention of many bidders at $15,535.
The one and only 1970 Topps #140 Reggie Jackson PSA 10 Gem Mint went back and forth between bidders throughout the night and finished at an incredible price of $43,101, while a 1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson PSA 10 Gem Mint once again posted an impressive result, closing at $29,872. The PSA 9 Hank Aaron rookie card wasn’t the only debut of “Hammerin’ Hank” to set a record as a PSA 8 example also moved to the top of the charts with a sale of $28,449. The one and only 1954 NY Journal-American Mickey Mantle PSA 9 Mint fetched an amazing sum of $12,781, and it wouldn’t be an MHCC auction without record setting price for a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card, with a PSA 2.5 GOOD+ example achieving a price of $21,549.
PSA Set Registry collections brought in great results as well, with a 1958 Hires Root Beer with Tabs Complete Set No. 2 on PSA Set Registry going for $17,902, 1956 Topps Pins Complete Set No. 1 Ranked Set on PSA Set Registry selling for $12,593, 1954 Bowman Football Complete Set No. 33 Finest on PSA Set Registry with 9.59 set rating closing at $27,751 and 1959 Fleer Three Stooges complete set all PSA-graded with 8.484 set rating finishing up at $16,628.
For more information on this sale, call (303) 840-2784 or visit www.milehighcardco.com.