Babe Ruth, Pete Rose Rookie Cards Top $700,000 and Other Huge Heritage Auctions Card Sales

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It was more astonishing vintage sales over the weekend at Heritage Auctions’ 2016 August Sports Collectible Platinum Auction. A total of 32 individual sports cards sold for at least $50,000.

A couple of different eras were at the forefront of the action. A PSA 7 1916 M101-5 Sporting News Babe Ruth and a PSA 10 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie card each sold for $717,000. A PSA 10 1968 Nolan Ryan rookie card finished at $612,359.83 and a PSA 10 1969-70 Topps Lew Alcindor went for $501,900.

To give a little added perspective to these sales, all four were higher than a game-used bat Jackie Robinson used in his rookie season. It sold for $478,000.

A BGS 10 Black Label 1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractor Kobe Bryant was the top modern card sale, finishing at $71,700.

Here’s a list of all the cards selling for at least $50,000 in the Heritage Auctions sale.

Big Sports Card Sales from the Heritage Auctions 2016 August Sports Collectible Platinum Auction

1916 M101-5 Sporting News Blank Back Babe Ruth PSA 7 – $717,000

1916 M101-5 Sporting News Babe Ruth PSA 7 450

1963 Topps Rookie Stars #537 Pete Rose/Pedro Gonzalez/Ken McMullen/Al Weis PSA 10 – $717,000

1963 Topps Pete Rose RC PSA 10 450

1968 Topps Mets Rookie Stars #177 Nolan Ryan/Jerry Koosman PSA 10 – $612,359.83

1968 Topps Nolan Ryan PSA 10 600

1969-70 Topps Lew Alcindor RC PSA 10 – $501,900

1969-70 Topps Lew Alcindor PSA 10 450

1952 Topps Willie Mays PSA 9 – $382,400

1952 Topps Willie Mays PSA 9 450

1956 Topps Gray Back Mickey Mantle PSA 10 – $382,400

1956 Topps Mickey Mantle Gray Back PSA 10 600

1954 Topps Hank Aaron RC PSA 9 – $358,500

1954 Topps Hank Aaron Rookie Card PSA 9 450

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax RC PSA 9 – $215,100

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax RC PSA 9 600

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 7 – $203,150

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 7 Heritage-Aug-2016 450

1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson PSA 5 – $143,400

1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson PSA 5 450

1909-11 T206 Piedmont Cy Young Bare Hand Shows PSA 9 – $143,400

1909 T206 Piedmont Cy Young Bare Hand Showing PSA 9 450

1916 Standard Biscuit D350 Babe Ruth PSA 2 – $131,450

1916 D350 Standard Biscuit Babe Ruth PSA 2 450

1963 Topps Rookie Stars #537 Pete Rose/Pedro Gonzalez/Ken McMullen/Al Weis PSA 9 – $131,450

1963 Topps Pete Rose RC PSA 9 Heritage Aug-2016 450

1933 Sport Kings Jim Thorpe PSA 9 – $119,500

1933 Sport Kings Jim Thorpe PSA 9 450

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 6.5 – $107,550

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 6-5 Heritage-Aug-2016 450

1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson PSA 8 – $107,550

1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson PSA 8 450

1915 Cracker Jack Walter Johnson PSA 9 – $101,575

1915 Cracker Jack Walter Johnson PSA 9 450

1952 Bowman Willie Mays PSA 9 – $89,625

1952 Bowman Willie Mays PSA 9 450

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle SGC 84 – $89,625

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle SGC 84 450

1888-89 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Harry Wright SGC 84 – $83,650

1888-89 N173 Old Judge Harry Wright SGC 84 500

1932 U.S. Caramel Bobby Jones PSA 9 – $77,675

1932 US Caramel Bobby Jones PSA 9 450

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 6 – $77,675

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 6 450

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax RC PSA 8.5 – $71,700

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax RC PSA 8-5 600

1911 T206 Sweet Corporal Ty Cobb Green Background PSA 7 – $71,700

T206 Ty Cobb Green Background PSA 7 450

1971 Topps Roberto Clemente PSA 10 – $71,700

1971 Topps Roberto Clemente PSA 10 450

1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractor Kobe Bryant BGS 10 Black Label – $71,700

1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractor Kobe Bryant BGS 10 Black Label Heritage Aug-2016 450

1970 Topps Roberto Clemente PSA 10 – $65,725

1970 Topps Roberto Clemente PSA 10 450

1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144 PSA 8 – $59,750

1933 Goudey Babe Ruth 144 PSA 8 450

1933 Sport Kings Babe Ruth PSA 8 – $59,750

1933 Sport Kings Babe Ruth PSA 8 450

1955 Topps Roberto Clemente RC PSA 8 – $54,970

1955 Topps Roberto Clemente RC PSA 8 600

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle SGC 50 – $50,787.50

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle SGC 50 450

1969 Topps Reggie Jackson RC PSA 9 – $50,190

1969 Topps Reggie Jackson RC PSA 9 450

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

4 comments

  1. Larry 30 August, 2016 at 22:54

    These are outrageous prices that have been showing up for the last year or two. Makes me wonder if 10 years down the road we find out it was to just bolster sales of vintage cards by a select few with vintage collections so that they can unload their overpriced collections just in time for the economy to crash.

  2. Seth 1 September, 2016 at 12:47

    That 1971 Roberto Clemente doesnt look like a Gem 10
    I know the 71’s are a very hard card to earn 10 but this one is clearly off center

  3. Jupiter 7 October, 2016 at 04:10

    I hate when I see card’s not worthy of 9 or 10’s. I would rate that 71 Clemente more like a 6 or 7. That Lew Alcindor is Sexy!!

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