Vintage Sports Cards Triumph: Mile High’s Winter Auction Showcases Record-Breaking Sales

Vintage sports cards have once again proven their enduring allure in the collectors’ market, with Mile High Card Company’s Winter Auction showcasing record-breaking sales of these coveted items. The highlight of the auction was the sale of a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card, which fetched an impressive price of $378,997. This card, graded PSA 8, not only represents the legendary status of Mickey Mantle in baseball history but also underscores the lasting significance of vintage sports cards in the collectors’ market.

The Mile High Card Company’s auction also saw other noteworthy sales, including a 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Joe Jackson card, graded PSA 7, which sold for an impressive $104,302. This sale marked a significant leap from its previous record of $25,000, reflecting the growing interest in rare vintage cards. Additionally, a 1934 Goudey #61 Lou Gehrig card, graded PSA 8, fetched $101,623, while a 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle card, also graded PSA 8, went for $89,635. A 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente card, graded PSA 8, achieved a sale price of $72,084.

The auction was not limited to individual legends, as it also saw record-setting prices for cards of Hall of Famer Willie Stargell. A 1964 Topps #342 Willie Stargell card, graded PSA 10, was sold for an impressive $30,674, significantly higher than the previous record of $4,154. Other Stargell cards, such as those from the 1966 and 1973 Topps sets, also achieved record prices.

Apart from these standout sales, the auction set new records with the sale of various other vintage cards. These includes a 1962 Topps #45 Brooks Robinson card (PSA 9) that fetched $30,391, a 1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays card (PSA 3 VG) that sold for $11,732, and a 1969 Topps #100 Hank Aaron card (PSA 9) that achieved a sale price of $10,665. Additionally, a 1972 Topps #229 World Series Game 7 card, graded PSA 10, commanded a price of $12,388.

The auction also featured cards from other sports, such as a 1941 Playball #71 Joe DiMaggio card, graded SGC 8.5, which attracted a high bid of $79,531. This sale reflects the deep nostalgia and respect for the era’s baseball heroes. Other classic cards, like a 1910-11 Sporting Life M116 Hans Wagner card and a 1915 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson card, also attracted significant attention, with sales reaching $77,770 and $45,776, respectively.

Memorabilia items also played a prominent role in the auction. A Babe Ruth-signed OAL (Harridge) baseball topped the memorabilia sales, going for $40,486. Other notable memorabilia included a 1972 California Angels Nolan Ryan signed game-used home jersey, which sold for $56,518, and a circa 1934 Paul & Dizzy Dean “Beech-Nut Tobacco” oversized die-cut advertising sign, which fetched $11,403.

The auction also highlighted jerseys from baseball legends like Jim Palmer and Brooks Robinson, with each fetching over $13,000. Additionally, a 1980 Rickey Henderson game-used Oakland A’s alternate jersey sold for $24,639, and a 1998 Ken Griffey Jr. game-used autographed bat, used for his 33rd home run of the 1998 Season, went for $17,328. A unique item in the auction was a 1962 Post Alpha-Bits unopened box featuring Sandy Koufax, which attracted a bid of $11,028.

The success of the Winter Auction at Mile High Card Company not only demonstrates the continuing strength and appeal of vintage sports cards but also highlights the rich history and nostalgia these cards and memorabilia evoke. The remarkable prices fetched by items associated with legends like Mickey Mantle, Joe Jackson, Lou Gehrig, and Willie Stargell, among others, signify the deep connection and reverence fans and collectors have for the golden era of sports. As the auction results show, vintage sports cards and memorabilia remain a vital and vibrant part of the collectibles market, continuing to attract interest and investment from enthusiasts around the world.