October brings the end of the baseball regular season and the start of the playoffs. The NFL starts to find its stride and the cool weather beacons us inside to sort and view our collections.
Oh, and it’s a great time of year to check out sports card auction offerings from many of the major auction houses.
The Collector Connection auction indeed features a large number of post war cards and collectibles, although the mix also includes some pre-war and junk wax era items as well.
There’s a nice mix of sports, graded and raw offerings, some opened materials, and lots more.
Collectors Connection Auction Basics
|Auction:||The Collectors Connection Post War Sports Cards & Memorabilia XIX|
|Auction Dates:||End: 10/2/2022 10:00 PM EST|
|Number of Lots:||1,436|
Collectors Connection Items of Note
This auction features a lot of variety, for sure. Want a Swedish postcard of Jim Thorpe from 1912? They have it. There’s impressive PSA graded baseball icons. Raw vintage football your thing? Lots to be found here. There is a variety of autographed items available.
My favorite item? It’s not high dollar, and it’s not rare or (that) old, but there are several 1987 Topps Wax Boxes (link). Those were the first packs I ever purchased, and seeing that distinctive wood grain design always sends me back.
This auction is about half baseball, half a mix of other sports, and skews old, with very few post-1990 cards, and many from the pre-war era.
Sirius Auction Basics
|Auction:||Sirius Sports Card Auction #323|
|Auction Dates:||Ends 10/6/22|
|Number of Lots:||1,227|
Sirius Items of Note
There’s lot to like in the Sirius auction, with Pre-War Graded ranging from T206’s to 1930’s Goudey, to Diamond Stars, to 1948 Leaf. Baseball is king here, but you’ll find smaller offerings of Football, Basketball, and even a handful of Hockey and Other Sports. While these sports may not offer the sheer quantity of baseball, there are some really exciting pieces available.
Unlike many other auctions on this list, this one has supplies…so if you need to stock up, check out the Sirius offerings.
My favorite item? There are so many to choose from, but I’m going to go with the PSA 9/PSA 10 (Auto) 1986 Topps Traded Bo Jackson XRC (link). After our recent exploration of Bo Jackson’s Rookie Cards, I have Bo on the brain.
The Lelands October Focus Auction has only 50 items, but it really does have a “focus” on some amazing offerings. Modern superstars are indeed heavily represented, but there are some icons of yesteryear, as well.
Lelands Auction basics
|Auction:||Leland’s October Focus Auction – Modern Superstars|
|Auction Dates:||End: 10/8/2022 10:00 PM EST|
|Number of Lots:||50|
|Bidding Guide:||Bidding Rules|
Lelands Items of Note
Modern Superstars represented include Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, and Kobe Bryant. There are National Treasures cards of Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow, Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, and more.
My favorite? I’ll go with the 1968 & 1969 Topps Ernie Banks PSA GEM MINT 10 Lot (link). Two late 1960s cards of Hall of Famer “Mr. Cub” in Gem Mint condition. Pretty amazing, even if it’s crazy that Topps used the same photo on both cards. That’s what a monopoly gets you, I guess!
As we’ve covered on Cardlines in the past, Fanatics does auctions a bit differently. With a lower number of items, no buyer’s premium, but some really cool and exclusive offerings, Fanatics is continuing to shake up the hobby.
Fanatics Auction Basics
|Auction:||Fanatics Fall Kickoff Auction|
|Website URL:||Fanatics Auction Link|
|Auction Dates:||Ends Oct 12, 2022 @ 9 PM ET|
|Bid Open:||Open Now|
|Number of Lots:||253|
Fanatics Items of Note
Despite featuring only 253 items, this auction run the gambit with something for all interests. From autographed or game-used shoes to signed hats, every piece of signed equipment is available. This includes a signed catcher’s chest protector and signed basketball shorts.
Prefer cardboard? There’s ultra-modern like last year’s #1 draft pick Henry Davis and Rookie of the Year contender Julio Rodriguez. Football fans may prefer the Patrick Mahomes or Kyler Murray offerings. Prefer vintage? There are high grade Ernie Banks and Reggie Jackson (RC!) to be had.
This auction skews towards baseball and vintage, as do many of the auctions this month. Graded cards, autographs, and memorabilia shine here.
Clean Sweep Auction Basics
|Auction:||Clean Sweep Auctions Oct 12th Auction|
|Auction Dates:||Ends Wednesday October 12, 2022 11:00 PM EST|
|Number of Lots:||1,014|
|Buyer’s Premium||20% (higher in some cases – see rules)|
Clean Sweep Items of Note
In this auction, you can find 19th-century graded cards. There are 1948 and 1949 Leaf Jackie Robinson. Signed baseballs are a huge part of this auction, including single-signed, multi-signed, and team-signed.
Clean Sweep brings us some interesting non-sports autographed items, including former presidents, first ladies, astronauts, and more.
My favorite item? Lots to choose from, but let’s go with the 1977 Star Wars Series One Sealed Pack (link). The very first Star Wars cards ever? Very cool!
Wheatland Auctions October Sports Card and Memorabilia auction feature 677 items that span many different sports, and also a number of interesting non-sports items.
Wheatland Auction Basics
|Auction:||Wheatland October 2022 Sports Card & Memorabilia Auction|
|Auction Dates:||October 16|
|Number of Lots:||677|
Wheatland Items of Note
There are a lot of great items in the Wheatland Auction, crossing a range of year, company, sport, and condition/grade.
Highlights include a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth PSA 1, a 2000 Bowman Tom Brady PSA 10, and a 2011 Topps Update Baseball Sealed Retail Box (link) that could contain a Mike Trout rookie. Don’t want to risk pulling a Trout that grades out? There’s also a BGS 9.5 version.
My favorite? The RARE 1921 W551 Complete Uncut Sheet of 10 w. Ruth, Cobb, Johnson, Bancroft, Speaker, Sisler (link). These are hard to find in this good of condition. This particular sheet has 8 Hall of Famers.
If one monthly auction is good, then four must be better, right? If you’re a fan of vintage sports cards, the answer may very well be “yes”.
Each of the auctions skews towards baseball but has mostly vintage items from across the sports world. With lot sizes in the 300-400 item range, these are a bit more manageable than a big monthly or quarterly auction with thousands of items.
Ends October 2nd @ 10 PM CT – 319 items
Ends October 9th @ 10 PM CT – 367 items
Ends October 16th @ 10 PM CT – 391 items
Ends October 23rd @ 10 PM CT – 326 items
REA is advertising its October Encore Auction running from October 13-23, 2022. At the time of this posting, no details on auction items are available. Check out the REA website for more info as the auction gets closer.
As the weather cools, the auction action stays hot. There’s a lot to like in October’s auction offerings. Whatever your sport of choice and if you prefer cardboard raw or graded, memorabilia, or autographs, there’s something for you this month!