June heralds the return of warm weather. In addition, baseball season is in full swing, and the NBA Finals and the NHL playoffs are in full swing. Therefore, it’s an excellent month for card collecting. So lets get started with our overview of notable sports card auctions in June.
Today we’ll look at several auctions from the significant houses closing in June.
Heritage Auctions brings us the next installment in The David Hall T206 Collection. Part VIII of the collection closed back in April. If you’re a T206 collector or simply are a fan of old, beautiful baseball cards, this auction is for you.
|Auction:||The David Hall T206 Collection Part IX|
|Auction Dates:||End: June 2|
|Bid Open:||May 16|
|Number of Lots:||613|
|Bidding Guide:||Heritage Auction Bidding Guide|
The 1909-11 T206 set is the most collected and historically significant card set of the early 20th century. Released by American Tobacco Company across 16 brands of cigarettes and loose tobacco from 1909 to 1911.
Of course, the set is most known for the short-printed Honus Wagner card but has a lot more than just The Flying Dutchman to offer.
The set consists of 524 cards and, in addition to Wagner, features Hall of Famers such as Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and Ty Cobb. Some players appear on multiple cards in the set in different poses. In addition, there are several variations, including different card backs that advertise the various sub-brands of American Tobacco Company.
The set remains popular with pre-war collectors, and high-grade copies are hard to find. Therefore, they have prices matching that level of rarity and desirability.
The auctions are all T206, all the time. However, they offer collectors various grades, grading companies, and price points. There are several PSA 7 examples, including one of Hall of Famer Johnny Evers of “Tinkers to Evers to Chance” fame – 1909-11 T206 Piedmont 350 Johnny Evers. Prefer Chance? Check out this beauty: 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Frank Chance PSA 6.5.
Some of the highlights of this auction, and the T206 set, feature Ty Cobb. The 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) PSA 4 is the headliner expected to sell in the $12,000 range. There’s a PSA 3 of the same card that should sell in the $8,000 range. If red isn’t your thing and you prefer your Cobb’s on a green background, the 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal 350/30 Ty Cobb (Portrait-Green) PSA 2 could land in that same $8,000 range.
Also of note is a few lots of raw T206s for those building ungraded sets. My favorite card in the lot might be the 1909-11 T206 Piedmont 350 Cy Young PSA 5. It’s a beautiful example of an inner-circle Hall of Famer who owns many pitching records that will never be broken.
Sirius is new to our monthly auction series. They also sell on eBay, and when I recently bought an item from them, they included info on their auctions with my purchase. Sirius offers a lower-than-average buyer premium and a mix of offers. While some of the items are higher-end, there are also a lot of affordable items in this auction.
|Auction:||Sirius Sports Card Auction #314|
|Auction Dates:||Ends June 2|
|Number of Lots:||1,178|
Baseball makes up the lion’s share of this auction, with a heavy concentration on post-war vintage, but there is a bit of everything.
The highest bid belongs to the 1986 TOPPS TRADED 50T BO JACKSON PSA 10, but there’s still plenty of time for that to change.
There is basketball, football, hockey, and some oddball and non-sports. And there’s a good amount of supplies available. If you need a pack or a case of top loaders or graded card sleeves, Sirius has you covered.
My favorite is probably the 1956 TOPPS 30 JACKIE ROBINSON WHITE BACK PSA 5. It’s one of the most beautiful vintage baseball cards you’ll find, and obviously, anything Jackie Robinson has some historical significance.
Like prior Wheatland Auctions, this one has some lovely cards at more accessible price points. Sure, it’s fun looking at items worth 10’s of thousands of dollars, but how many of us can afford those. While not “cheap,” a number of the Wheatland items will set you back hundreds, not hundreds of thousands.
|Auction:||Wheatland June 2022 Sports Card & Memorabilia Auction|
|Auction Dates:||June 5|
|Number of Lots:||850+|
Baseball dominates this auction, although there are some excellent items across the spectrum of sports, non-sports, and even a few comic books, coins, and photos thrown in. The item with the highest estimated sale price is a watch. Check out the Rolex Submariner Date 2021 Watch if you’re in the market!
There’s a nice Kobe RC: 1996-97 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant #138 PSA 9. Prefer vintage football? How about a 1976 Topps Walter Payton Rookie Card Graded PSA 8.5. Golf fans should check out the PSA 10 2002 Upper Deck SP Game Used Tiger Woods Scorecard Signatures Autograph #ed 24/25.
But if you REALLY like your auctions HOT, check out the 1959 Marilyn Monroe Type 1 Bathing Suit Photo (~8″x10″) – Publicity Shot for Movie “Some Like It Hot”.
Basketball and Football are featured prominently in this auction and make up some of the many highlights. Overall, it’s an impressive auction with lots of high-end items.
|Auction:||Leland’s Spring Classic 2022|
|Auction Dates:||Ends June 11, 2022|
|Bid Open:||May 20, 2022|
|Number of Lots:||1,441|
|Bidding Guide:||Bidding Rules|
The 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket #144 Tom Brady Rookie Autograph #13/100 BGS NM 7 – Auto 10 has an opening bid of $250,000. Want your autographed quarterback rookie cards 20 years more recent? The 2020 Panini Contenders Optic Football Gold Vinyl #104 Justin Herbert Rookie Autograph Card #1/1 PSA NM-MT 8 – Auto 10 may be for you.
Basketball fans can check out the 2012-13 National Treasures NBA Logoman Autographs #127 Jimmy Butler Rookie Logoman Patch Auto #1/1 BGS GEM MINT 9.5 – Auto 10, which had an opening bid of $20,000. Or perhaps you’d prefer a LeBron jersey or a pair of Jordan sneakers.
Race fans need to check out the 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 Single Driver #LH Lewis Hamilton Autograph Triple Patch Card #6/10 PSA GEM MINT 10 (Pop 3) and 2021 Topps Chrome F1 Black Raywave Refractor #143 Lewis Hamilton “1/1” PSA GEM MINT 10.
There is an interesting mix of items here. If you’re a Kentucky Derby fan, check out the 1906 Sir Huon Kentucky Derby Victory Gold Pocket Watch Presented to Jockey Roscoe Troxler. Skater? Tony Hawk’s Skateboard Used for Last “Magic Dance” Trick – Part of Tony Hawk’s “Last Trick Collection” NFT Drop via Autograph.
My favorite is the 1941 “Babe Ruth-Ty Cobb Charity Golf Match” Ticket – Signed by Ruth & Cobb (PSA). Ruth AND Cobb on an oddball item. And it was for charity. Nice.
Heritage Auctions is back later in the month with their June 25 Sports Showcase Auction. Baseball currently leads the way in terms of items (more are being added as of this writing). However, all sports are represented, and there are some fascinating basketball items.
|Auction:||Heritage Auctions June 25 Sports Showcase Auction|
|Auction Dates:||End: June 25|
|Bid Open:||June 4|
|Number of Lots:||1,000+|
|Bidding Guide:||Heritage Auction Bidding Guide|
If you’re a Michael Jordan fan and/or a fan of ticket stubs, this auction has some items you won’t want to miss!
1984 Michael Jordan First NBA Preseason Game PSA Authentic, 1981 Michael Jordan NCAA Debut UNC vs. Kansas Ticket Stub PSA 1, and the 1981 UNC Blue vs. White Game (Michael Jordan College Debut) PSA Authentic would make an excellent start to a Michael Jordan museum.
There is a fantastic variety of materials in this auction. The 2001 Bowman Chrome Baseball Hobby Case would be a tremendous break. Maybe you prefer vintage complete sets like 1950 or 1951 Bowman or 1952 Topps? There are also many beautiful cards for your bidding pleasure across sports, graded and ungraded.
My favorite? The 1954 First Sports Illustrated (8/16), CGC 9.8, is pretty amazing. That’s the highest-graded version of the very first Sports Illustrated.
The Collector Connection will be running their Non-Sports Cards and Comic Books VII auction from June 1-19, but no information on lot info is yet available. Check their website for more info.
Robert Edwards Auctions (REA) has their June Encore Auction scheduled for June 9-19th, although no lot of info is yet available. Keep an eye on their website for more information.
These June auctions have a little something for everyone. From the high end to more value-wise, from the ultra-modern to the turn of the 20th century. Every sport under the sun, plus some genuinely oddball items.