MLB High-Grade Vintage Trading Card Sets Pace at Auction

Rich MuellerContributor IIIJuly 25, 2011

Some vintage baseball and football card sets, painstakingly put together to rank among the highest graded sets known, brought plenty of interest in an auction conducted by Michigan-based Greg Bussineau last week.

A 1933 Goudey baseball set, ranked 13th on the PSA Set Registry, attained the top price, selling for $58,200.  All 239 cards in the set, which included seven wrapper variations and two patent cards, were graded EX-MT 6 by PSA.

The third finest set of 1971 Topps baseball cards also pushed past the $50,000 barrier before bidding closed early Friday morning.  The set, with an average grade of 8.33, sold for $53,040, some $11,000 more than the SMR value of the individual cards.

A 1975 Topps mini set, carrying a GPA of 9.04 (mint), sold for $39,000.  It is listed as the second best 1975 mini set on the Registry.

The all-time finest set of 1956 Topps football cards changed hands in the auction.  The 120-card set carried an impressive 8.78 average and brought $28,320.  The second best 1955 Bowman set, graded 8.48, sold for $21,840.

Tops among the individual cards sold was a 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle, graded PSA 8.5.  It brought a final realized price of $20,640.  The only 1971 Topps Tom Seaver ever to reach the PSA 10 (gem mint) grade, rocketed to $20,520, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (PSA 6) sold for $19,440 and the winner of a 1915 Cracker Jack Nap Lajoie graded SGC 96, will pay $14,520.