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Santa Comes Early With December 2023 Sports Card Auction Action

The Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are hopefully gone and the holidays are just around the corner. That sound you hear probably isn’t reindeer on the roof (yet), it’s the December 2023 Auction Action! While the weather outside may be frightful, the auction deals remain delightful.

But what can collectors find in December auctions? When do they close? And what are some auction highlights? Grab an eggnog, come sit around the fire, and let’s dive in!

First off, a reminder to check out our November Auction Review, as a few of those auctions end in early December and shouldn’t be missed. With that said, let’s dive into the December 2023 Sports Card Auction Action!

Clean Sweep Auctions 2 Day Memorabilia and Card Auction

Clean Sweep Auctions brings us their 2-Day Memorabilia and Card Auction, with auctions ending over two days on December 6th and 7th. The story here is old cardboard, autographs, and memorabilia. Baseball is king here, but football, hockey, basketball, boxing, and more.

Auction Basics

Auction:Clean Sweep Auctions 2 Day Memorabilia and Card Auction
Website URL:Website
Auction Dates:December 6& 7, 2023
Bid Open:Open
Number of Lots:2,296
Bidding Guide:FAQ
Buyer’s Premium20% (higher in some cases – see rules)

Items of Note

There’s a lot to like in Clean Sweeps offering this month. There are a large number of signed baseball items, including single-signed baseballs, multi-signed balls, and team-signed balls. There’s a variety of baseball memorabilia, including publications and bats.

In terms of cards, there’s a fun mix of items, many raw, and many in lots. There’s also unopened, and a few graded cards. While there are a few interesting ultra-modern cards, the bulk of the cards here are vintage. The number of signed vintage cards, many dating to the 1930s, is really impressive to see.

A few interesting examples include an autographed Nolan Ryan rookie card, a Sandy Koufax autographed book, and a Wayne Gretzky-signed hockey stick. These are just the tip of the iceberg, as this one is well worth a closer look.

Grey Flannel Auctions December 2023 Holiday Auction

Grey Flannel Auctions brings us their December 2023 Holiday Auction, which wraps up on December 10th. While there are cards in this one, they take a back seat to jerseys, shoes, bats, gloves, and other memorabilia.

All sports are represented, although many of the premium lots are basketball-related.

Auction Basics

Auction:Grey Flannel Auctions December 2023 Holiday Auction
Website URL:Website
Auction Dates:Ends December 10, 2023
Bid Open:Open
Number of Lots:1,118
Bidding Guide:https://www.greyflannelauctions.com/rules.aspx
Buyer’s Premium20%

Items of Note

As mentioned above, many of the premium lots are basketball-related, and most of those are uniforms or shoes, making this auction a bit different than your standard cardboard affair.

The uniform offerings are a Who’s Who of basketball royalty. Pete Maravich, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and many more are all represented.  You’ll see shoes from Jordan, LeBron James, and more as well.

Hockey fans will find items featuring Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, Mario Lemieux and many more. Football fans will find Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, and a whole lot more.  

The baseball side of things features everything from a 1952 Topps Mantle in PSA 1.5 to a Pete Rose autographed jersey, to the actual ball Bert Blyleven threw to record his 3,000th strikeout.

The above is just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of interesting lots that are worth your time to take a look through.

The Collector Connection Post War Sports Cards & Memorabilia

The Collector Connection has its Post War Sports Cards & Memorabilia auction starting on or around November 29th. At the time we published this article, details were not yet available. Please check back for more info as soon as it is available.

Auction Basics

Auction:The Collector Connection Post War Sports Cards & Memorabilia
Website URL:https://thecollectorconnection.com/Lots/Gallery
Auction Dates:End: 12/10/2023 10:00 PM EST
Bid Open:Opens on or around November 29, 2023
Number of Lots:TBD
Bidding Guide:Terms

Items of Note

Coming soon! Please check back.

Heritage Auctions December 2023 Sports Showcase Auction

Heritage Auction brings us their December 2023 Sports Showcase Auction, which closes just before Christmas. The lots offer a nice mix of sports, brands, and the like.

Auction Basics

Auction:Heritage Auctions December 2023 Sports Showcase Auction
Website URL:https://sports.ha.com/
Auction Dates:Ends Saturday, December 23, 2023
Bid Open:Opens On Or Around December 1, 2023
Number of Lots:1,141
Bidding Guide:Heritage Auction Bidding Guide
Buyer’s Premium20% (min $29)

Items of Note

There are a lot of great examples of iconic cards, sets, and players here. For example, there is a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle in PSA 5. There’s a high-grade early Sports Illustrated with Bobby Orr on the cover. There’s an impressive near Master Set of 1952 Topps, missing just the Mantle to be complete.

A 1984 Star Co. Michael Jordan in PSA 7, a 2000 Fleer Traditions Tom Brady Gold Autograph, and a 2003 Upper Deck SP Signature Edition LeBron James all are featured.

Babe Ruth fan? There’s a 1921 E121 American Caramel in SGC 2 and a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth in PSA 3.5. There are SGC 3 and SGC 4 copies of the iconic 1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson. There are two amazing oddball Roberto Clemente items in the 1968 Topps 3D and 1967 Topps Test Stand-Up.

The above is just the tip of the iceberg, as there are plenty of other great lots worth exploring.

Goldin Auctions December Elite Sport / NBA Hall of Fame Auction

Goldin Auctions has its December Elite Sport / NBA Hall of Fame Auction opening on or around December 8th, 2023. At the time we published this article, details were not yet available. Please check back for more info as soon as it is available.

Auction Basics

Auction:Goldin Auctions December Elite Sport / NBA Hall of Fame Auction
Website URL:Goldin Auctions
Auction Dates:Ends: December 30th, 2023
Bid Open:Opens on our around December 8, 2023
Number of Lots:TBD
Bidding Guide:FAQ
Buyer’s Premium20% (an additional 3% for credit card payments)

Items of Note

Coming soon! Please check back.

Other auctions of note

Goldin Auctions has Weekly Auctions ending on December 7th, December 14th, December 21st, and December 28th. Goldin also has their December Pop Culture Elite Auction starts on December 1st and runs through December 20th.

Heritage Auctions has its Sunday Sports Auctions ending on December 3rd, December 10th, and December 17th

December 2023 Sports Card Auction Action

Final thoughts on December 2023 Sports Card Auction Action

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, there’s certainly something in this month’s auctions you’ll consider an amazing gift – for a collector in your life or yourself.

What auction are you excited for? Tracking any special items? Win something in one of these auctions? Tell us all about it at card_lines on Twitter.

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Mike D.

Mike D

Mike D. has collected cards for over 35 years, since he bought his first pack of Topps at the corner store in 1987. His fandom,  collecting interests, and contributions to Cardlines center around baseball in general and the Baseball Hall of Fame specifically.

Mike's collecting focus is centered on graded cards, mostly rookie cards, of Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. Lately, he's been enjoying dabbling in graded minor league cards. A collector/investor with a "buy and hold" approach, Mike takes the long-term view with his collection.

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