Mile High Card Company Throws Out The First Pitch With An Astounding #3 PSA Set Registry Ranked 1952 Topps Set to Headline The April 10th Spring Auction.
Centennial, CO. - With the start of a new baseball season fast approaching, Mile High Card Company is pleased to announce the commencement of the Spring Auction, running from March 25th through April 10th. As has become customary with MHCC auctions this event features 1,791 lots and offers something for every type of collector, headlined by a 1952 Topps baseball master set that ranks #3 on the PSA Set Registry and a 1965 Topps football set that is the Set Registry’s #1 All-Time finest. Both sets will be offered two ways: in its entirety and each card offered individually, with the sale going to the higher total of the set versus the sum of the totals of the individual cards. Mile High Card Company President and CEO Brian Drent said, “The ’52 Topps Mantle and the 1965 Namath rookie card are probably the two most iconic post-war issues of their respective sports. We’re honored to be able to offer both cards as part of two of the most impressive collections ever assembled. And that’s just the beginning. The momentum of our exclusive Winter Auction has definitely continued through to the Spring.” Catalogs have been shipped and should reach registered bidders shortly.
While MHCC always seems to present a high-grade ’52 Topps set for auction, what’s being offered this time around is truly unprecedented; at an overall GPA of over 7.7, this is the finest set ever offered for public auction and features cards that have not been made available to collectors in many years. Highlighted by #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 7.5, #1 Andy Pafko black back PSA 8 and #407 Eddie Mathews PSA 7, included are PSA 8 cards of Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson as well as difficult low-pop examples of #9 Hogue, 20 Loes, 320 Rutherford, 326 Shuba, 388 Chipman, and numerous low-numbered black backs among others. The ’65 Topps football set is equally as impressive, not only ranking as the #1 all-time finest set but it comes as close to perfection as any collection from the 1960s! Of the over 21,000 cards submitted to PSA, only 6 have graded GEM MINT, all included in this set, and just a total of 7 other existing cards have the ability to raise the overall GPA. A 1963 Topps baseball master set, #8 on the Set Registry with an 8.18 GPA and an extremely scarce 1958 Bell Brand Los Angeles Dodgers near complete set (9/10) in unopened cello packs are also part of a large array of assemblages from the 1950s through 1970s to be offered.
For those collectors that appreciate pre-war issues, MHCC comes through again, led by a 1910 E93 Standard Caramel Christy Mathewson PSA 5, 1915 Cracker Jack #37 Grover Alexander PSA 8, a complete T201 Mecca Double Folder set and an exceedingly scarce 1933 Blue Bird Babe Ruth PSA 8.5 in addition to a selection of Turkey Reds, Goudeys, and E101 “Set of 50” cards. Notable post-war singles include a 1952 Topps #311 Mantle graded NM+, a 1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays RC graded NM/MT+, 1955 Topps #164 Clemente RC PSA 8, 1954 Topps #90 Mays PSA 9, 1958 Topps #150 Mantle PSA 9, and hundreds of PSA 9 MINT graded cards from the 1960s. Modern-day collectors won’t be disappointed as high grade 1972 through 1975 Topps set are being offered as well as a 1975 Topps #223 Robin Yount RC PSA 10 and a massive horde of over 9,000 1991 Desert Shield cards. Various high-grade specimens featuring Bobby Orr, Roger Staubach, Carl Yastrzemski and John Havlicek will be available as well.
The memorabilia enthusiast will be pleased at MHCC’s selection of autographed photos, signed and authenticated Perez-Steele cards and game-used material, including jerseys from Cal Ripken, Barry Bonds, John Stockton and Karl Malone, with a bat and cleats from Carl Yastrzemski. Vintage World Series programs and Super Bowl tickets are also available for the avid collector.
Bidding can be done through our website at www.milehighcardco.com or by phone at 303-840-2784. As always, we encourage you to contact us with any questions regarding auction items. MHCC is actively accepting consignments for our premium high-end auction in August that will be previewed at the National in Cleveland. We’ll be in Boston and Cleveland this weekend from March 28-30, the TRISTAR show in San Francisco April 25-27, and of course, the National at the end of July. From the entire MHCC staff, thank you once again, and enjoy the auction!