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Superior Auction Reaches New Heights in Prices Realized

1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA 9 Card Superior Sports Auctions, a subsidiary of Greg Manning Auctions Inc., held its "Spring Sports Mania Sale" on March 24th with tremendous results (

Prices realized were very strong with items reaching as high as 1260% of current book value when compared to the April edition of Sports Market Report (SMR).

1961 Topps Dick Groat PSA 10 Card "We received a lot of positive feedback about the high quality items being offered as well as how professionally the auction was run," said Joe Tuttle, Consignment Director. "We are very pleased by the success of this auction and look forward to our next offering which will be on display at the National in July."

The top card sold in this auction was the 1939 Playball Ted Williams rookie card graded Gem Mint 9.5 by Global Authentication Incorporated. The Williams card, featured on the back cover of the Superior catalog, was purchased for $23,000. Below are some notable prices realized from the sale. A complete list of prices realized can be found online at

1963 Pete Rose RC GAI 9.5 $13,225
1911 T205 Hassan Ty Cobb SGC 84 $10,754
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth GAI 7.5 $8,337
1934 Diamond Stars Lefty Grove PSA 7 $7,187
1935 National Chicle John Isola PSA 8 $5,060
1952 Topps Dick Kryhoski PSA 9 $4,774
1965 Joe Morgan RC GAI 9.5 $4,715
1961 Topps Dick Groat PSA 10 $4,272
1888 N162 Goodwin Champs Tim Keefe PSA 6 $3,680
1957 Topps Ralph Terry PSA 9 $2,682
1957 Topps Hal Naragon PSA 8 $2,548

1888 N162 Goodwin Champs Tim Keefe PSA 6 Card Especially successful was Superior's "One of One" section which featured cards, mostly PSA 9's and PSA 10's, that are the only ones of their grade. "We wanted to do something to make this auction unique," said Tuttle. "With so many collectors building high quality sets, we thought it would be best if we featured cards that give the buyer an advantage in building the best set possible."

Some prices realized along with percentage of SMR values at time of auction are:

1964 Topps Stand Up Rich Rollins PSA 9 $1,385 (1260% of SMR)
1950 Bowman Bosh Pritchard PSA 9 $983 (504% of SMR)
1969 Topps Football Mike Lucci PSA 9 $303 (434% of SMR)
1962 Topps Football Maxie Baughn PSA 9 $523 (374% of SMR)
1971 Topps Football Lance Alworth PSA 9 $276 (368% of SMR)
1959 Topps Ed Fitzgerald PSA 9 $500 (323% of SMR)

1986 Fleer Michael Jordan PSA 10 Card Prices realized on "One of One" PSA 10 commons are:

1962 Topps Albie Pearson $1,674
1961 Topps Norm Siebern $1,610
1961 Topps Willie Tasby $1,610
1967 Topps Jerry Buchek $1,438
1967 Topps AL RBI Leaders $1,323
1960 Topps Football Doug Atkins $1,178

1962 Topps Richie Ashburn PSA 9 Card Superior's next auction, "The All-American Summer Sale", is August 4th, 2005. Superior is the Official Auctioneer of the 26th National Sports Collectors Convention. Superior will be displaying consigned items for the August auction at the Chicago show scheduled for July 27th-31st, 2005. Already consigned to the August auction is a game-used Michael Jordan jersey from the 1986-1987 season, autographed by Jordan and authenticated by SCD. "This will be a great opportunity for consignors to have their auction items alongside the Jordan jersey and available for viewing by tens of thousands of collectors. It can only increase interest and earn maximum value for their cards and memorabilia," said Tuttle.

The deadline for consigning is June 3rd, however Superior is offering some incentives to consign early. Consignments made before May 15th are eligible for a 5% seller's discount or free cash advance. To take advantage of this offer, call Joe Tuttle at 954.426.8820, Kristie Gallant at 888.337.4492, or consign online at

Source: Superior Sports Auctions, L.L.C.
Date: March 31, 2005

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