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PSA 8.5 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sells for $130K by Chris Olds

Aug. 16 Update: The pack sold for $21,404, while the PSA 8.5 Mickey Mantle card sold for $130,000

“Let’s play two” is an understatement of how exciting this one is.

Ernie Banks‘ memorable phrase comes to mind when two of the biggest PSA-graded gems from 1952 Topps hit the bloclk– even though Mr. Cub wasn’t around to be found in those packs.

Up for grabs as part of Memory Lane‘s Summer Treasures auction, found now at MemoryLaneInc.com, are a PSA 8.5 Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps card and a PSA 8 wax pack from the famed set. Only 10 Mantles have graded higher from PSA.

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Perfection to be on display at The National by Chris Olds

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Memory Lane Inc. will offer the first public showing of the finest known collection of Mickey Mantle baseball cards during this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.

1953BOWMANCOLORThe California-based auction company will have the Donald E. Spence Mantle collection on display for collectors to enjoy inside the IX Center in Cleveland July 29-August 2.

The collection includes all 21 major Mantle cards in mint or gem mint condition, all of them authenticated and graded by PSA.  Every card is graded 9 or 10 and several are the highest graded Mantle cards in existence.

Collectors will be able to see the cards and have their picture taken with the “Million-Dollar Mantle card” — a PSA 10-graded 1951 Bowman Mantle rookie — at booth 101.

The collection grades out at a 9.53 on a 10-point scale, making it the No. 1 “set” of Mantle cards on PSA’s Set Registry.  Eleven of the cards been graded PSA 10 and the group was named to PSA’s Set Hall of Fame this year.



Signed 1927 Yankees photo sets sales record by Chris Olds

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A PSA/DNA-certified, near-mint condition photograph signed by 30 members of the legendary 1927 New York Yankees team has been purchased for a record $350,000.

The price is the most ever paid for a vintage sports photograph and is nearly 70 percent higher than the last time this item was auctioned in 2006.

The purchase by an anonymous buyer from an also unidentified seller was brokered by Memory Lane Inc. of Tustin, Calif.  The company first sold the autographed photo for $206,000 in a December 2006 auction.

“The team-signed photograph of the 1927 Yankees players was purchased by a New York metro area collector who told me he now wants to share it with other fans and make arrangements for publicly displaying it at the new Yankee Stadium,” said Joe Orlando, President of PSA/DNA, in a news release.

Signatures include Babe Ruth Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Herb Pennock, Waite Hoyt, Earle Combs, Benny Bengough, Bob Meusel and manager Miller Huggins.

The autographs originally were obtained by Yankees pitcher George Pipgras who passed it down to his daughter, LeMorn Pipgras Simpson. She later sold it for $80,000.



Bernice Gallego’s 1869 baseball card sells for $75,285 by Chris Olds

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The 19th century baseball card discovered by a 72-year-old California woman sold Tuesday night on the auction block for $75,285 (bidding ended at $64,073 with a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium).

Antique dealer Bernice Gallego‘s 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings advertising card was sold by Tustin, Calif.-based Memory Lane Inc. after a groundswell of publicity surrounding her story had her on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last month.

Because of Memory Lane’s 15-minute rule, the auction closed at 9:47 p.m. Eastern time after 96 bids instead of at 9 p.m. as previously announced. (The bidding window is extended for previous bidders until there are no bids placed for 15 minutes.) Four bids were placed after 9 p.m. gradually bumping the high bid from $60,073 up to its final price.

The buyer? TRISTAR Productions President and CEO Jeff Rosenberg.

“Bought it for my collection,” Rosenberg said via e-mail. “However, in the past we have given away items from the collection including T206 Wagner, Babe Ruth Rookie, etc.”

The starting bid? $10 — exactly what she had originally asked for the 140-year-old card on eBay last summer.

The final results for the PSA-authenticated card, which is considered to be one of the first baseball cards ever made, can be seen here.

To read more about Gallego’s reaction to the auction, see the Fresno Bee‘s story by Mike Osegueda here.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.



Bernice Gallego’s card at $31,000 and counting … by Chris Olds
February 6, 2009, 2:36 pm
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The 19th century baseball card discovered by a 72-year-old California woman who sells antiques is at $31,573 on the auction block with a few days remaining.

Bernice Gallego‘s 1869 Peck & Snyder card is being sold by Tustin, Calif.-based Memory Lane Inc. after a groundswell of publicity in her story had her on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last month.

The auction for the PSA authenticated card, which is considered to be one of the first baseball cards ever made, can be seen here.

Bidding closes on Tuesday.

To read more about Gallego, visit the Fresno Bee‘s original story by Mike Osegueda here.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.



PSA 8 Mickey Mantle collection set to hit Memory Lane auction block by Chris Olds

11857Many collectors have never seen each and every Mickey Mantle card produced during his career.

Fewer have seen them all together. It’s really not a matter of scarcity, but rather high demand for the cards of the former New York Yankees star.

But how many collectors own them all in PSA 8 condition? Not many, but you do have a chance to …

A run of every Mantle card from his career — all PSA 8s — will be sold in the upcoming Memory Lane Inc. Winter Extravaganza Rarities Auction that opens Friday and closes on Dec. 13.

See them all after the jump …

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Upcoming Memory Lane auction loaded with prime PSA cards by Chris Olds

Memory Lane Inc. has several key cards up for grabs in its upcoming Winter Extravaganza Rarities Auction that opens on Nov. 21.

Among the items up for grabs is a T206 Piedmont Sherry Magie error card graded SGC 40, a PSA 5 W600 Sporting Life Eddie Plank, a PSA 9 M116 Sport Life Walter Johnson, a PSA 8 1915 Cracker Jack Honus Wagner, a PSA 8 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth and a PSA 8 1934 Goudey Jimmie Foxx.

If that’s not modern or pricey enough for you, how about a run of PSA 8 Mickey Mantle cards from 1951 to 1969? (I heard your jaw dropping, all the way from here.)

The last Memory Lane auction recorded more than $2.75 million in sales.

To see more cards from past auctions and for a look at more set to sell — some of the finest cards in existence — go to memorylaneinc.com.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.