September is a big month. School is back in session. The temperatures start to cool down a bit. The baseball regular season is two days from completion. The NFL season gets underway. And there’s some exciting sports cards auctions during the month
If you missed our article on August auctions here on Cardlines, you can find it here. If you’re not familiar with auction houses, check out our reviews of Goldin, Heritage, REA, Wheatland, Grey Flannel, and Fanatics.
No need to find a baseball card auction near you. Today we’ll look at the top sports card auctions that you can access online from the major houses that close in September 2022.
This auction skews heavy towards baseball, although there are some vintage gems from basketball, football, hockey, boxing, and more mixed in.
|Auction:||The Collector Connection: Post War Sports Cards & Memorabilia XVIII|
|Auction Dates:||End: Sept 4, 2022 10:00 PM EST|
|Number of Lots:||1,500|
The story of the Collector Connection auction really is autographs. The sheer number of vintage autographs available is really impressive, including some really exciting featured items.
Lot #1, the Framed Nov 3, 1998 ESPN the Magazine Vol. 1, Iss. 1 Autographed by Kobe Bryant, Eric Lindros, A-Rod and Kordell Stewart starts the auction off with a bang. Maybe you prefer 11/84 Issue #1 of Beckett Monthly Signed by Dr James Beckett, the magazine that started a collecting empire. Or perhaps 4/15/1974 Sports Illustrated 715 Cover Signed by Hank Aaron, which celebrates him setting the all-time career home run record.
There’s a lot of goodness here, but I think my favorite item is the 1974 Laughlin Old-Time Black Stars Complete Set. We mentioned this set when we explored Negro League Cards, and while the artwork doesn’t stand up, the fact that these cards were even created was one of the first attempts to pay homage to the Negro Leagues.
The title of this one says it all, with some really impressive items, especially autographs, that certainly can be defined as “rarities”.
|Auction:||Memory Lane Summer Rarities Auction featuring Autographed Rarities|
|Auction Dates:||September 10, 2022 7 PM ET|
|Number of Lots:||1,250|
My favorite? I’ll go with Christy Mathewson Autographed 1912 “Pitching in a Pinch” First Edition Book – Signed “Christy Mathewson – June 10, 1912”. Mathewson, the most popular player of the first part of the 20th century, wrote a series of books about baseball. This signed first edition copy signed with a PSA 9 graded signature.
Goldin’s 2022 September Elite Auction is aptly named. While it’s not a huge auction at 464 items, they are some truly elite offerings across all the major sports.
|Auction:||Goldin Auctions: September Elite Sports Auction|
|Website URL:||Goldin Auctions|
|Goldin Auctions Next Auction:||Extended Bidding Starts: September 10, 2022 10 PM ET|
|Number of Lots:||464|
|Buyer’s Premium||20% (an additional 3% for credit card payments)|
Goldin Auctions current auction starts on September 10th.
There are some incredibly high end football items in this offering. These include the 2020 Panini National Treasures Platinum NFL Shield #158 Justin Herbert Signed NFL Shield Rookie Card (#1/1) – BGS NM-MT+ 8.5, Beckett 10. How high will this one go?
Or perhaps the 2017 Panini National Treasures Rookie Patch Autograph (RPA) Black #161 Patrick Mahomes II Signed Patch Rookie Card (#2/5) – BGS MINT 9, Beckett 10? There are also high end rookie cards of Tom Brady, and Joe Burrow.
My favorite item? The 1914 Polo Grounds Game Complete Set (30) – Featuring Nine PSA-Graded Examples, Including Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Shoeless Joe Jackson. A 108 year old set featuring a number of graded Hall of Famers. Pretty sweet.
This auction has some really high-end items available, across sports and eras. There’s some infamy here, as well as some classic cards and memorabilia.
This auction has some really high end items available, across sports and eras. There’s some infamy here, as well as some classic cards and memorabilia.
|Auction:||Leland’s Summer Classic 2022|
|Auction Dates:||September 17, 2022 10 PM ET|
|Number of Lots:||1,008|
|Bidding Guide:||Bidding Rules|
The headline here is the infamous Tom Brady’s Last Pre-Retirement Touchdown Football. If you like infamous, check out the Evander Holyfield Fight Worn Gloves from Infamous Mike Tyson “Bite Fight”.
There’s a signed 1952 Topps Mantle, Michael Jordan RC’s, jerseys, and autographs, and more autographs. Championship rings. Classic vintage cards. Photos. And that’s just to start. There’s a lot of goodness here.
My favorite item? That’s a tough one, but I’m going with this item – Extraordinary Gil Hodges Handwritten Letter to Ty Cobb Asking for Batting Help! (PSA) – “I Would Appreciate Anything You Could Tell Me in This Matter Mr. Cobb and I am Willing to Try Anything That Might Help Me Improve”. I don’t know if any reply was sent, or if Cobb’s advice helped, but Hodges is now in the Hall of Fame.
Robert Edwards Auctions (REA) has advertised its September Encore Auction to run from September 8th through September 18, 2022 at 10 PM ET. As of this writing, no further details have been published, but stay tuned for more info as it is available.
|Auction:||REA September Encore Auction|
|REA Auction Dates:||September 18, 2022 10 PM ET|
|Bid Open:||September 8, 2022|
|Number of Lots:||TBD|
As the title suggests, hockey reigns supreme here, although there is a spattering of offerings from other sports as well.
|Auction:||Classic Auctions Historical Hockey and Sports Memorabilia Auction Fall 2022|
|Next Auction Dates:||September 20, 2022|
|Number of Lots:||1,912|
The hockey items are the headliners here. Stan Mikita’s 1972 Canada-Russia Series Team Canada Game Jersey is an exciting piece of international hockey history.
My favorite item? I’ll go with one of the few baseball lots, the Carlton Fisk and Jim Rice Signed Boston Red Sox Jerseys. This Red Sox fan thinks those Hall of Fame Red Sox jerseys would look cool in my closet.
This month’s auctions offer a little something for everyone. Regardless of what your favorite sport or team is, or if you prefer memorabilia, cards, or autographs, there’s plenty to like in this month’s offerings.