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Historic 1968 Topps Baseball Card Set Sells for Over $1 Million at Auction

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A meticulously maintained set of 1968 Topps baseball cards, nearly all graded PSA 10, was sold for a total of $1.1 million by Mile High Card Company, reflecting the high value collectors place on pristine vintage sports cards.

At a recent auction by Mile High Card Company, a set of 1968 Topps baseball cards, known for their excellent condition, fetched a remarkable $1.1 million. Each card in the set was nearly flawless, with most receiving a PSA 10 grade, indicating their pristine condition. This set's sale underscores the significant value that collectors attribute to vintage sports memorabilia.

The auction was led by a Mickey Mantle card (#280), graded PSA 10, which alone garnered $235,234. Other high earners in the set included Hank Aaron and Johnny Bench rookie cards, which sold for $157,381 and $64,028, respectively. Cards of other baseball legends like Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays also fetched high prices, demonstrating broad collector interest.

Key sales highlights included:

  • Roberto Clemente All-Star card, which sold for $12,622, surpassing its previous high of $7,433.
  • Carl Yastrzemski card, achieving $10,683, up from a prior record of $9,420.
  • Fergie Jenkins card, which more than doubled its previous auction record by selling for $8,814.
Brian Drent, President and CEO of Mile High Card Company, commented that the auction's results would notably influence the PSA Set Registry due to the outstanding quality and rarity of the cards sold.

The auction also featured significant items beyond baseball, including a 1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Michael Jordan card, which reached a price of $303,842. Additionally, a Jim Brown 1964 Philadelphia Gum card sold for $117,585, and a 1961 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain card fetched $77,829, highlighting the demand for rare sports cards across different disciplines.

Further noteworthy sales included vintage photographs and baseball sets from various decades, attracting considerable attention and achieving substantial prices, indicative of the continued enthusiasm for collecting sports memorabilia.

Overall, the auction presented over 2,000 lots, each contributing to a diverse and rich collection of historical sports items. The complete auction results are available for public review, offering insights into the current market for sports collectibles.

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