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Auction Action: Mile High Card Company Spring 2023 Auction

Auction Action: Mile High Card Company Spring 2023 Auction
April 19, 2023
Keenan Flack

Mile High Auctions is showcasing three remarkable lots that have collectors buzzing with anticipation. These lots include an extraordinary 1968 Topps Complete Set, a Mickey Mantle PSA 10 GEM MINT card, and a stunning Satchel Paige PSA 9 MINT card. As bidding unfolds, let's take a closer look at these incredible offerings.

Lots to Watch

Lot #1300: 1968 Topps Complete Set Completely PSA Graded With An Amazing 9.94 GPA and 10.90 Weighted GPA 572/598 PSA 10's Set Registry Hall of Fame

Mile High Card Company

The 1968 Topps set has always been a subject of debate among vintage collectors. With its brown borders and rookie cards of Nolan Ryan and Johnny Bench, the set has its fair share of admirers and critics. The featured set in this Mile-High sale has an impressive 9.94 GPA and a weighted 10.90 set rating, with the former measuring the average card grade, the latter is a similar measure thought it accounts for card rarity, both out of ten. This set has earned a well-deserved spot in the PSA Set Registry Hall of Fame.

This set contains only 26 cards graded as PSA 9 MINT, featuring key cards like #45 Seaver, 130 Perez, and 177 Ryan RC. It also includes PSA 10 GEM MINT examples of iconic cards such as #280 Mantle, 490 Superstars, 150 Clemente, 480 Managers' Dream, among others. The set is offered both as a complete collection and as individual lots, with the selling method determined by whichever generates the higher value - the sum of individual lots or the single bid for the entire set.

It is a rare opportunity to acquire a set like this at this level of quality. Whether it ends up selling individually or as the complete set, this is a beautiful collection that everyone in the hobby can admire.

Lots #1301: 1968 Topps #280 Mickey Mantle PSA 10 GEM MINT

Mile High Card Company

Obtaining a Mickey Mantle '68 Topps card at PSA's GEM MINT 10 grade is a feat that only ten out of over 13,000 submissions have accomplished. This rare card is the last time "The Mick" is featured as an active player, as he retired before the release of the 1969 Topps set. It's an essential addition for set-builders aiming to climb the ranks in the PSA Set Registry. Obtaining a PSA 10 copy of the card for your set will significantly increase the weighted value of your set, making it even more desirable for collectors.

The card has special significance because it is Mantle’s last “active” card. He retired during spring training the next year, yet his card was still included in that season's set. With Mantle's iconic left-handed batting stance, the card beautifully captures the essence of this legendary player.

This museum-quality piece is finding bids approaching $200k at auction, which is approximately half the price of the entire set it belongs to. The card is a must-have for any serious collector, not only for its historical significance but also for its potential to significantly increase the value of a collection. The 1968 Topps Mickey Mantle card, capturing the essence of a legendary player, is an investment-worthy centerpiece that will undoubtedly draw attention and admiration.

Lot #1: 1949 Bowman #224 Satchell Paige PSA 9 MINT

Mile High Card Company

The 1949 Bowman Satchel Paige card is an exceptional piece that truly captures the essence of this baseball legend. This extremely rare card is highly sought after by collectors for its historical significance and the impressive performance of Paige in his major league debut just a year before this card’s release at the reported age of 41. Despite his age, Paige delivered a remarkable 6-1 record with a 2.48 ERA, showcasing his extraordinary talent on the mound for the Indians in 1948, including two shutouts in his seven starts.

This PSA 9 MINT-graded card is one of the finest examples in existence, with only nine others matching its grade and none graded higher. The card features near-perfect centering, immaculate surfaces, and corners pushing for GEM MINT quality, making it a highly valuable and unique addition to any collection. Bidding is currently up to a  price of $125,000, a testament to the extraordinary impact of this trailblazing player and the immense appeal of this beautiful and rare piece of cardboard.

All Images via Mile High Card Company

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