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Mile High September Auction 2017

SGC Cards Continue to Set Records in Mile High September Auction!
SGC Cards, Boca Raton, FL

Mile High Card Company’s impressive catalog for their September Auction made for some very exciting results. Featuring several incredible set breaks, as well as some of the most outstanding examples of iconic cards we have seen in a long time, it is no surprise the sale shattered records when the auction came to a close last Friday. Quite a few SGC cards headlined the auction, including the top three individual card lots with the highest prices realized. "SGC cards performed exceptionally well, setting many all-time records in our recent auction and showing just how trusted their grading standards are to our customers,” said Brian Drent, President of Mile High Card Co.

Lot #11 – 1933 DeLong #7 Lou Gehrig SGC 88 NM/MT ($64,670)

1933 was an important year for baseball cards. The most popular ’33 set, of course, was released by Boston’s Goudey Gum Company; however, the set that Goudey’s crosstown rival, the DeLong Gum Company, put out should not be neglected. The holy grail of the DeLong set is undoubtedly the #7 card of New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig. This SGC 88 example, sold in Lot #11 of Mile High’s auction, fetched $64,670 – almost $20,000 more than any other NM/MT example ever recorded. The card’s bright colors, sharp corners, and great centering make it arguably the finest known example.

Lot #35 – 1917 Boston Store #87 Walter Johnson SGC 84 NM ($7,817)

Lot #35 featured the highest graded 1917 Boston Store Walter Johnson that exists. The card graded an SGC 84 NM, a full grade higher than the next highest graded copy, and is one of only seven total that have ever been professionally graded. This impressive card of “The Big Train" brought $7,817, breaking the old public sale record of the card in any grade by over $3,000. It is undoubtedly the finest known example in existence.

Lot #38 – 1948-49 Leaf #8 Leroy Paige SGC 80 EX/NM ($93,219)

Satchel Paige, regarded as one of the greatest pitchers to ever step onto a mound, only had a handful of cards released during his playing days. The most sought after is clearly his 1948-49 Leaf Rookie Card. Lot #38 featured a magnificent SGC 80 EX/MT example with excellent registration, exceptional centering, and clean white borders that contrast nicely with the bold colors of this card. The card’s superior qualities put it in the discussion of the nicest Leaf Paiges SGC has seen in terms of overall eye appeal. The card hammered down a tremendous $93,219, shattering the old record for any Leaf Paige graded EX/MT or lower by over 450%. This card fell less than $15,000 short of the public sale record of any example, regardless of grade.

Lot #40 – 1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays SGC 92 NM/MT+ ($95,788)

The 1951 Bowman Willie Mays Rookie Card is the most important card ever released of the Hall of Famer. One of the most impressive known examples of the card was sold in Lot #40 of the Mile High sale. This SGC 92 NM/MT+ copy featured excellent centering and bright, bold colors, along with razor sharp corners. It is no surprise it had the highest realized price for any single card lot in the auction at $95,788. The sale price is over twice the amount of the last recorded NM/MT+ example that sold earlier this year.

Lot #902 – 1965-66 Topps #116 Phil Esposito SGC 98 GEM ($9,459)

Phil Esposito shattered nearly every NHL scoring record in existence during his 18-year career. His rookie card is a must-have for any serious hockey collector. Lot #902 featured the highest graded SGC example, a 98 GEM. It is one of only two copies ever professionally graded that achieved the GEM rating. This example basically defines the term “pack-fresh.” Bringing $9,459, it surpassed the previous public sale record by over 75%.

Many great SGC cards have hit the market in the past couple of years and prices realized continue to climb. Throughout this time, the industry has shown its widespread confidence in SGC to accurately grade cards of all eras and values. That confidence was evident once again in the results of this past Mile High Auction. For upcoming auctions, past auction results, and more, please visit MileHighCardCo.com.