July is upon us. We have grilled foods, 4th of July celebrations, and baseball’s All-Star Game on the agenda. However, July is also vacation season. Because of this, there are fewer auctions on the docket for sports card auctions in July.
Today we’ll look at several auctions from the significant houses closing in July.
Clean Sweep is a new entry into our series. It has an auction ending on July 13, featuring over 1,200 items. Check their rules, as some rules include a higher buyer’s premiums on bids after a certain hour. So do your homework before getting into a late-night bidding war.
|Auction:||Clean Sweep Auctions|
|Auction Dates:||End: July 13|
|Number of Lots:||1,200+|
|Buyer’s Premium||20% (higher in some cases – see rules)|
This auction is heavy on baseball and vintage. Fans of ultra-modern cards may not find much here. However, this is the auction for you if you like old cardboard. It features cards from 1880 to 2020, with a mix of graded, raw, and complete sets. In addition, there are lots of unopened materials.
If you’re looking for an original Goodwin Champions card, they have a number of those desirable items. The list includes the 1887 N162 Goodwin Champions Andrews Cond: PSA 1. In addition, there are some rare post-war cards, such as this 1950 Drakes # 33 Dom DiMaggio PSA 5.
Several items won’t break the bank. For example, here’s a 1994 Donruss Triple Play sealed wax box.
My favorite item might be the 1936 R313 Fine Pen # 8 Moe Berg PSA 2. Berg, a light-hitting catcher, was made famous by the book The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg. The story was the basis of a 2018 movie starring Paul Rudd as Berg.
Heritage’s Summer Sports Catalog Auction is a vast offering, with over 4,300 items. Nonetheless, there isn’t a lot of clutter here. Instead, this strong auction offers a wide array of high-end items.
|Auction:||Heritage Auctions Heritage Summer Sports Catalog Auction|
|Auction Dates:||End: July 21-23|
|Bid Open:||June 30|
|Number of Lots:||4,300+|
|Bidding Guide:||Heritage Auction Bidding Guide|
|Buyer’s Premium||20% (min $29)|
Being as large as it is, this auction has a lot of everything. First, some high-end graded cards across sports, including beautiful, graded vintage. A few examples are a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card graded PSA 8.5 and a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card graded PSA 8.
The highlight of this auction, though, is the Muhammad Ali memorabilia. The auction features an incredible array of Ali memorabilia. How impressive is this collection? How about the 1975 Muhammad Ali Worn Muslim Prayer Cap Presented before “A Thrilla in Manila”? Or maybe the 1971 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn & Signed Robe from Frazier I Bout with Provenance is more your speed. There’s even the 1970s Muhammad Ali WBC Heavyweight Championship Belt Earned in Victory over George Foreman in the “Rumble in the Jungle.” Of course, there are more Ali items as well. If you’re a fan, I highly recommend you check them out.
The Ali items collection notwithstanding, my favorite item is the 1968 Topps 3-D Test Roberto Clemente PSA Gem Mint 10 – Pop Six. That’s a test issue of an oddball set from 54 years ago, featuring an all-time icon.
Since the auction house docket is a bit thin this month, I thought it’d be an excellent opportunity to share the list of auction houses I go through every month to put together these guides. Of course, not every auction house has an auction ending every month, so casting a wide net allows us to get a great mix every month.
July is a relatively quiet month for auctions. However, there are a few auctions for your bidding attention. And Heritage is filling the gap with a massive auction ending this month.
So, check out Heritage and Clean Sweep’s auctions that end this month, and enjoy the warm weather, cookouts, and Independence Day. We will be back with another preview in August.