Pre-War baseball cards lead SCP Auctions' $5 million sale



2016-08-23 14:39:20

An online sale of historic sports memorabilia at SCP Auctions achieved more than $5 million, led by a pair of iconic pre-war baseball cards.

Topping the sale was a 1909 E90-1 Joe Jackson American Caramel card, described as "one of card collecting's greatest treasures".

Jackson's Major League career began in 1908 with the Philadelphia Athletics, but he made just 10 appearances for Connie Mack's team in two years, and spent most of his time farmed out to the South Atlantic League's Savannah Indians.

He was traded to the Cleveland Naps in 1910, and went on to break records during his first full MLB season in 1911, but most collectors regard this 1909 card as his true rookie card.

Graded PSA NM-MT 8, with none higher, the card smashed its estimate to sell for an astounding $667,189.

The auction's second-biggest seller was another incredibly rare card featuring the Georgia Peach himself, Ty Cobb. The 'Bat Off Shoulder' card from the 1909-11 T206 set was one of just three examples ever graded Mint PSA 9, and soared past its starting bid of $50,000 to fetch $488,425.

The sale also featured a trio of high-grade 1930s Babe Ruth cards, all of which was snapped up by eager collectors.

A 1933 Goudey #149 Babe Ruth card graded NM-MT PSA 8 sold for $137,848, followed by a 1933 GOUDEY #181 Babe Ruth, also graded NM-MT PSA 8, which sold for $75,192 and a 1932 U.S. Caramel #32 Babe Ruth, NM-MT PSA 8, which realized $62,142.

Important post-war cards on offer included a 1948 Leaf #76 Ted Williams card, graded Mint PSA 9, which sold for $41,353; a 1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays card graded NM-MT PSA 8 which sold for $41,430; and a 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle card graded NM-MT PSA 8 which realized $42,442.

And for football card fans, there was a stunning example of the 1965 Topps #122 Joe Namath card, Broadway Joe's iconic rookie card, which sold graded NM-MT+ PSA 8.5 for $91,137.

"We are thrilled with the results of our biggest Summer auction to date," said SCP Auctions’ Vice President Dan Imler. "The market for ‘best of the best’ sports cards and historic memorabilia continues to show incredible strength."

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