Led by one of the finest single-signed Babe Ruth baseballs in existence, an incredibly rare Franklin D. Roosevelt single-signed OAL (Harridge) ball inscribed to Clark Griffith and attributed to Opening Day 1937 and a complete 1952 Topps set rated No. 10 on the PSA Set Registry, Mile High Card Co. kicks off its latest auction.
One lucky consignor will be leaving The National with an added bonus courtesy of the Mile High Card Co. – a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card graded PSA 3 or equivalent.
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.
While it’s possible that one of these was prominently displayed in every candy store and five-and-dime that sold Cracker Jack in 1915, the number of surviving specimens can be counted on one hand, and the featured item was found it in a barn in the Midwest, where it likely sat for the duration of its existence.
Included among the key rookies in Mile High’s Extra Innings auction are 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente PSA 8 NM/MT (OC), 1955 Topps #123 Sandy Koufax PSA 8 NM/MT (OC), 1967 Topps #581 Tom Seaver PSA 6 EX-MT, and 1968 Topps #177 Nolan Ryan PSA 9 MINT (OC).
A Mint version of Hank Aaron’s 1954 Topps rookie card sold for more than $192,000 through Mile High. The price is three times the last record sale price for the card, which was set just a year ago.
Mile High Card Co. kicks off Elite Auction with a PSA 9 Hank Aaron rookie that is joined by Gem Mint singles and Registry sets.
While usually packed with items targeting the more modest collector, there’s nothing modest about Mile High’s Extra Innings’ opener; a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 6. Bidding is just under $68,000.
Mile High Card Co. continued to set records in 2015 with big prices paid for 1952 Topps, 1953 Topps, Hall of Famer rookie cards and more. A 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle topped $100,000 for the first time.
Mile High Card Co. will be accepting consignments at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago July 29-Aug. 2, and one consignor will be taking home a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA Authentic.