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Press Release - July 30, 2019

Multiple Records Fall as Heritage Auctions’ Summer Trading Card Event Reaches $8.3 Million

The fabled T206 issue flexes its muscles with trio of six-figure results

1909 Sweet Caporal Eddie Plank
DALLAS, Texas (July 30, 2019) — The world's largest sports collectibles auctioneer dropped the hammer on more than 2,200 trading card lots late last week, recording more than $8.3 million in a highly competitive online auction. The sale contained the first of three 2019 offerings in Part I of The David Hall T206 Collection, the most comprehensive assembly of the hobby's premier tobacco issue.

That incredible collection from the founder of Collector's Universe supplied three six-figure results to the eye-popping Heritage tally, the most astonishing result of the sale being the $252,000 price for the rare Eddie Plank, graded PSA VG 3, more than doubling a competitor's sale price for an EX 5 example less than two years ago. A Red Background Ty Cobb with a Hindu back commanded $126,000 at VG-EX 4, while the only PSA-graded Walter Johnson Hands at Chest with a Broad Leaf back drew $108,000 at VG-EX+ 4.5.

"The prices recorded in this sale probably added tens of millions of dollars to the value of the T206 cards held by our clientele, so we expect to be fielding a great deal of consignment calls in the coming weeks," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports auctions for Heritage. "We sold a PSA NM 7 Plank for $690,000 last year. What could that be worth now?"

But the record prices recorded in the three-day event were not restricted to that single issue, instead spanning multiple decades and issuing bodies. One of two PSA EX 5 examples of the 1922 Zeenut Jim Thorpe posted a $44,400 result, while a 1933 Butter Cream Babe Ruth, graded PSA EX 5, cost its new owner $192,000. Mickey Mantle's second Topps card, graded Mint 9, crushed hobby norms at $396,000.

Other highlights include:

· $75,000: 1960 Topps Willie Mays #200, PSA Gem Mint 10

· $51,600: 1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie #106, PSA VG-EX+ 4.5

· $180,000: 1902-11 W600 Sporting Life - Type 1 Honus Wagner (Street Clothes), PSA VG-EX 4

· $78,000: 1958 Topps Bobby Hull #66, PSA NM-MT 8

· $72,000: 2011 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout Red Refractor Rookie Autograph, BGS Gem Mint 9.5 - 10 Autograph, serial No. 1 of 1

· $51,600: 1953 Topps Jackie Robinson #1, PSA Mint 9

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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