Welcome to the Mile High Card Company blog, the first of what will be a weekly installment though we will cut in with updates on occasion as warranted. We’ve been thinking about doing regular updates like this for a while and finally went ahead and got it started. The sports card and memorabilia industry is perpetually evolving, and as a major auction house, we’re privy to a wide cross-section of ever-changing trends and interests. With this in mind, we’d like to take this opportunity to utilize our position within the hobby and provide our consignors and collectors with information to help keep you informed. We’ll discuss the production of upcoming auctions in real time by spotlighting exciting new items soon to be featured as well as pointing out various aspects of the auction process, including rules and strategies for success from both the consignor and bidder standpoint. We’ll delve into different cards, sets, collectibles and aspects of collecting, talk about what’s hot and why, and address many of the concerns and issues collectors have within the hobby.
To get things started, we’re happy to report that we’ve just finished the writing and proofreading for our Spring Auction, which opens for bidding on March 24th and closes April 10th. Brian is in the process of getting the layout for the catalog completed so that you’ll receive it before the auction commences. Two particular items that will provide plenty of spirited bidding are a 1952 Topps baseball master set that presently ranks #3 on the PSA Set Registry and the #1 ranked 1965 Topps football set. Each collection will be offered two ways: as a complete set and as individual cards, with the sale going to the higher total (the set as a whole vs. the aggregate total of the individual cards). The ’52 master set, besides the incredible specimens of Mantle (PSA 7), Pafko (PSA 8 black back), and Mathews (PSA 7.5), offers a wide array of difficult low-pop, low number black-backs and high-number series cards that are sure to shake up the PSA Set Registry rankings if sold individually.
The ’65 Topps football set might even be more impressive in that there are only six cards in existence that are capable of improving this set. The only six cards from the entire set ever graded PSA 10, out of over 21,000 submissions, are included, as is an incredible PSA 9 specimen of Joe Namath’s iconic rookie card.
Brian and Greg Rice will be taking consignments in Philadelphia this weekend, March 7-9, at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, King of Prussia. If you plan on attending, stop by the booth and let Brian know you saw this. Also, if you like really good BBQ, you’re gonna want to stop by Bridgeport Rib House, about 4 miles away from the show. It’s not much to look at from the outside (or even the inside for that matter) but man, do they know how to cook up some amazing barbeque! Trust me, if you’ve never been there, you’ll be blown away!
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