Spring Auction Tallies More Than $8,700,000!

June 13, 2018

All eyes were on Robert Edward Auctions earlier this month as more than 2,600 lots of cards and memorabilia spanning the nineteenth century to today hammered down at auction on May 6. An incredible 39,182 bids were placed throughout the course of the three week auction, which tallied over $8,700,000 in sales. A staggering 147 items sold for $10,000 or more, including five that cracked six figures.
"This auction was truly an event with some amazing, once-in-a-lifetime pieces up for bid," said Brian Dwyer. "There was an extraordinary level of excitement and participation that resulted in some astounding prices."
Mickey Mantle's 1952 Topps PSA 8 led the way hammering at $300,000, with a pair of remarkable Topps rarities taking the second and third positions. The only graded example of Mickey Mantle's 1961 Topps Dice Game card brought $144,000. An extremely rare 1951 Topps Major League All-Star Robin Roberts sold for $132,000, more than doubling the last record sale price. The other two rarities from this set, Jim Konstanty and Eddie Stanky, each set new price records at $45,000 apiece.
Other auction highlights include:
1916 Standard Biscuit Babe Ruth RC PSA 2 - $114,000
1932 Babe Ruth Game-Used Bat PSA/DNA 8.5 - $102,000
1916 Gimbel's Babe Ruth RC SGC 30 - $96,000
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle SGC 84 - $84,000
1914 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson SGC 40 - $78,000
1927 New Yankees Team Signed Baseball - $66,000
1909-1911 T206 Broad Leaf 460 Ty Cobb SGC 10 - $60,000
1977 Topps Baseball Vending Case - $48,000
1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig Rookie PSA 3 - $45,000
1921-1922 Schapira Brothers Candy Babe Ruth - $42,000
Dwyer said that interest in the hobby appeared to be at a high point based on what he observed. "We registered a remarkable number of new bidders, more than in any other auction in recent memory," he said. Citing exposure in national and international media centered on items from the auction, he said that dozens of hobby outsiders signed up to participate and walked away with items ranging from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. "We are constantly reaching beyond the hobby to bring in new buyers, and this auction was our most successful ever for that objective."
Keeping with Robert Edward Auctions' longstanding reputation for quick shipping and fast consignor payouts, Dwyer said that nearly 100% of the auction lots shipped within 24 hours of payment being received. The first consignor check was cut just hours after the late Sunday night close, and more than 90% of the consignors were paid in the first three weeks following the auction.
All realized prices are available on the auction site. Free catalogs from the recently concluded auction are available upon request by visiting www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com.
Robert Edward Auctions is currently accepting consignments for the Fall Auction, set to take place this October. Early consignor incentives are available on consignment received by July 1. The company will also be exhibiting at the Chantilly show July 13-15 in Chantilly, VA and at the National Sports Collectors Convention August 1-5 in Cleveland, OH.