Dec. 5 Update: The lot did not meet its reserve and is presently for sale with a buy-it-now price of … $119,500.
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
How many Albert Pujols Rookie Cards do you own?
Need a few more … about 315 more?
Now’s your chance as a massive stash of 2001 Donruss Elite Pujols RCs have hit the block via Heritage Auctions. The lot of 315 cards is pretty outrageous … considering just 1,000 serial-numbered copies of the card were produced — 900 standard cards and 100 autographed Turn of the Century versions.
“This opportunity to control such a significant percentage of one of the most important trading cards of the 21st century is unprecedented in the collecting hobby,” said Chris Ivy, Heritage’s Director of Sports Auctions. “We can only imagine what the value of this collection will be once Albert has rewritten the record books at the close of his career.”
And this isn’t just any stash of cards, either.
Ten of the cards are autographed, while 149 are raw and ungraded copies. Meanwhile, Beckett Grading Services slabbed 114 of the cards with the remainder graded by PSA and other companies. Raw copies of the card typically sell for $600 or less, while signed copies typically go for as much as $1,200.
“Our consignor bought every one he could find,” Ivy said, “and has designated Heritage as the auctioneer to present this massive collection for sale.”
The auction, which already has had bidding top $31,000 hours after it opened, closes on Dec. 4.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.