There are many ways to acquire cards these days, from breaks to eBay to Facebook Marketplace. Maybe you still even have a local card shop. If you’re not looking at auctions, though, you may be missing out. Perhaps you’re missing out on some cards you need for your collection, or maybe you’re just missing out on watching some fantastic, rare, high-dollar collectibles go for shocking amounts of money. If so, you may want to follow some notable sports card auctions in February,
Today we’ll look at several auctions from the major houses that close in February, in the first of what will be a monthly series here on Cardlines. The weather may be cold, but the auction action is hot!
Goldin Auctions’ “Winter Goldin Elite” closes February 5th and 6th, 2022, and is currently open for bidding. With over 1,400 items, there’s lots of variety here, with an exceptionally robust offering in graded premium basketball and sealed cases of all sports.
|Auction:||Goldin Auctions: Winter Goldin Elite|
|Auction Dates:||Closes February 5-6, 2022|
|Number of Lots:||1,400+|
|Buyer’s Premium||20% (an additional 3% for credit card payments)|
Although all sports are represented, basketball makes up the bulk of this auction. One gem is the 2003-04 UD “Exquisite Collection” Exquisite Rookie Patch Autograph (RPA) #78 LeBron James Signed Patch Rookie Card (#17/99) – BGS NM-MT+ 8.5/BGS 10. Prefer vintage, check out the 1980-81 Topps Basketball PSA GEM MT 10 Complete Set.
The auction features baseball across the spectrum, as well. The 1951 Bowman Willie Mays RC in PSA 8 is a classic vintage card. Prefer modern? Check out the 2020 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Superfractor Jasson Dominguez (#1/1) – PSA GEM MT 10.
There are some really nice graded Tom Brady cards for the football fan. Prefer hockey? There are some excellent graded rookie cards of Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, and Mario Lemieux.
The Collector Connection “Post War Sports Cards & Memorabilia (Autograph Theme)” auction closes on February 6, 2022, at 10 PM ET, and bidding is open as of this writing.
As the name suggests, this auction is heavy on post-war cards, with baseball making up most of the auction, plus some autographed items. Like the Wheatland auction we’ll cover in a moment, Collector Connection appears to have a varied price range, with some high-end items and some more “collector grade” items that won’t break the bank.
|Auction:||Post War Sports Cards & Memorabilia (Autograph Theme)|
|Auction Dates:||Closes February 6, 2022 @ 10 PM ET|
|Number of Lots:||1,660+|
This auction has a nice mix of graded and raw cards in various conditions and plenty of autographs. Looking for a graded early-career Jackie Robinson card? This auction features a 1948 Leaf, a 1949 Bowman, a 1952 Berk Ross, and a 1955 Topps. Robinson, not your thing? Or maybe not in your price range? The number of vintage items graded in this lot is impressive.
Prefer autographs? How about Joe DiMaggio on a card? Or on a single-signed ball? Whether you’re looking for classic stars of yester-year or something from the ’80s, 90’s, or later, there are signed balls, cards, and 8×10’s galore.
There’s an impressive array of vintage raw football, complete sets of various sports, and various lots.
There are some lots here that should sell for relatively low amounts. For example, there’s a 1989 Pro Cards Augusta Pirates 6 Team Sets lot. Unfortunately, that set doesn’t contain any future major leaguers of note.
If you’re an ultra-modern collector, there may not be as much here for you. However, flipping through this catalog could provide hours of entertainment if you like old cardboard.
My favorite item? I’ll go with the 1969 American League Annual Pass. I have no idea if this item is particularly valuable, but the idea of a card that gets you into ANY American League game is just a lot of fun.
Memory Lane Inc.’s “Winter Rarities 2022” auction kicks off on January 29, 2022, at 12 PM ET and ends on February 19, 2022, at 7 PM ET. This one is baseball-heavy and skewed vintage but still has something for everyone and covers a wide range of price points.
|Auction:||Winter Rarities 2022|
|Auction Dates:||Closes 2/19/2022 7:00 PM ET|
|Bid Open:||1/29/2022 12:00 PM ET|
|Number of Lots:||1,750|
At the high end, this auction has some awe-inspiring items. Maybe you want a graded rookie card of Babe Ruth? They have one! Perhaps you prefer Wayne Gretzky? Or possibly Bill Russell or LeBron James?
There is an impressive array of graded cards in this auction, including some very high-grade examples. A 1941 Play Ball Ted Williams in PSA 8 and a 1948 Bowman Bob Feller in PSA 9 are just two examples that popped for me. Also, lots of PSA 10’s here!
If you’re a fan of vintage cards from 1900 to the 1980s, especially baseball, this auction is worth a look. Then, grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and settle in for hours of fun.
My favorite item? Magnificent and Only Known Example of the 1927 Babe Ruth Film Babe Comes Home Theatre Banner – Colossal-Sized Dimensions Approx. 3′ x 10′. Is it huge? Yes. Is it expensive? Absolutely. Would it look great in my living room? I like to think so!
Wheatland Auctions Winter Auction ends on February 20, 2022, at 7 PM ET and is currently open for bidding. With 850 plus items, the auction has a lot of variety, although it does have more baseball items than other sports.
One notable thing about Wheatland’s auction is that many of the estimated sale prices are in the hundreds or low thousands of dollars, not the tens or hundreds of thousands, or a million plus you’ll see in many other auctions. While those high-dollar items are fun to follow, these are auction items for every person. Many things have estimated final sale prices of under $100!
|Auction:||Wheatland Auctions Winter 2022 Auction|
|Auction Dates:||Ends February 20, 2022 @ 7 PM EST|
|Number of Lots:||850+|
This auction has a fun mix of graded vintage, ungraded cards, and lots across eras, some unopened, autographs, and some rare items as well. For example, a 1921 Exhibits Geo H. Babe Ruth Graded PSA 3.5 is expected to go in the $8,000 – $16,000 range. A 1963 Topps Pete Rose Rookie Graded SGC 7.5 targeted at $4,000 to $8,000. In addition, there is vintage graded Mickey Mantle cards, pre-war both graded and raw, and lots of signed index cards.
If you like football, there’s a 2003 Topps Chrome Tom Brady Gold Xfractor #26/101 SGC 8.5, or a 2021 Flawless Collegiate Justin Fields Emerald Autograph #d 1/5, and several interesting vintage lots.
My favorite item is a 2-sheet lot of 1972 Topps Baseball Uncut Sheets. Although I’m not sure my wife would let me hang it on the living room wall, they look fantastic.
Heritage Auctions’ “Winter Platinum Night Sports Auction” runs February 26-27, with online bidding starting on or around February 4. With 1,184 or more items targeted to the auction as of his writing, many premium items span sports and take the form of cards, apparel, memorabilia, and lots more.
|Auction:||Heritage Auctions: Winter Platinum Night Sports Auction|
|Website URL:||Winter Platinum Night Sports Auction|
|Auction Dates:||February 26-27, 2022|
|Bid Open:||February 4, 2022|
|Number of Lots:||1,184+|
|Bidding Guide:||Heritage Auction Bidding Guide|
|Buyer’s Premium||20% w/ minimum|
|Estimated Settlement:||March 29, 2022|
This auction features some really exciting items with something for almost every taste. Want an iconic baseball card? The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle graded PSA 8 in this auction is expected to fetch $1.5 million or higher. Into game-worn apparel? How about a signed pair of 1986 Michael Jordan Air Jordan’s, a 1968 Mickey Mantle Game-Used Jersey, and a signed and game-worn 1994 Michael Jordan Birmingham Barons’ jersey. The first two are expected to sell for $1 million or more, with the Jordan minor league jersey expecting to go for over $200,000.
Like modern basketball? The 2018 Panini National Treasures Luka Doncic (Rookie Patch Autograph) #127 PSA Gem Mint 10 PSA/DNA Auto 10 – #’d /99 is expected to fetch $750,000 or more. Classic basketball more your thing? How about a 1986 Fleer basketball complete set with every card graded PSA 10? That’s expected to go for $500,000 or more. Want just the Jordan from that set in PSA 10? There’s one there expected to go for $300,000 plus.
Other items include a Ted Williams autographed/game-used bat, a PSA 8 Jackie Robinson RC, a signed 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth, a Mike Trout 1/1 rookie press plate, unopened boxes vintage graded tickets, Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Gloves, Olympic Gold Medals, and World Series rings. And SO many unique graded cards in all sports.
My favorite items are the 1939 Baseball Hall of Fame Grand Opening Induction Wristwatch Presented to Honus Wagner. Talk about a fantastic vintage collectible with a real 1/1 and a piece of baseball history. The watch is expected to sell for $100,000 plus.
While the weather outside is cold, the auction action in February is hot! The auctions above offer something for every taste, budget, and collection. So whether you’re an auction pro or have never dipped a toe into the world of auction houses, these are worth a look.