The Best Of Sports Card Auctions For July 2023

June 30, 2023

Think July, and you think HOT, at least in most places. Of course, you may also think “vacation”.

After a crowded June Auction scene, July sees a significant slowdown in the number of auctions from the major houses.

That being said, there’s still a lot to like this month, especially if you’re a fan of old baseball cards.

Clean Sweep $5 Reserve Auction #302

The Clean Sweep $5 Reserve Auction skews heavily towards baseball, and pre-1960 baseball at that. There are a handful of other items, but the heart of this auction is old cardboard of the national pastime.

The auction has a mix of graded and raw cards, including a number of raw cards in lower condition (collector) grades.

Auction Basics

Auction:Clean Sweep Auctions $5 Reserve Auction #302
Website URL:Website
Auction Dates:Wednesday July 12, 2023 11:00 PM EST
Bid Open:Open
Number of Lots:1,076
Bidding Guide:FAQ
Buyer’s Premium20% (higher in some cases – see rules)

Items of Note

Pre-War baseball cards make up the largest “category” of this auction, followed by post-war (1946-60). One cool example of a pre-war card is a 1935 Goudey Ruth/Maranville “4-in1” in SGC 1. There are plenty of T206, T201, T205, and many earlier 20th-century cards.

The post-war big names are all well represented here, too. Mickey Mantle? There are 1952 Bowman, 1953 Topps, 1955 Bowman, 1956 Topps, and more. Willie Mays? There are examples of the 1952 Bowman, 1953 Topps, 1954 Bowman, and more.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, with lots of top players, oddball sets, and cards across the spectrum of condition and rarity to explore.

1935 Goudey 4-in-1 w/ Babe Ruth in Clean Sweep Auction

Heritage Auctions 2023 July 14 – 15 Summer Sports Card Catalog Auction

This month’s Heritage auction goes big for summer. There’s a lot to like in this, with some really impressive cardboard. The auction skews heavily towards cards over memorabilia and other items.

The lots also skew heavily towards baseball, although all sports are represented in some way or another.

Auction Basics

Auction:Heritage Auctions 2023 July 14 – 15 Summer Sports Card Catalog Auction
Website URL:Heritage Auctions
Auction Dates:Ends Saturday, July 14-15, 2023
Bid Open:Open Now
Number of Lots:1,751
Bidding Guide:Heritage Auction Bidding Guide
Buyer’s Premium20% (min $29)

Items of Note

This auction skews pre-War and before, although there are cards from all years. This includes items as old as 1871. There are cards of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and many more.

Post-War fans will find some impressive examples of cards of greats such as Satchel Paige, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and all the other big names you’d come to expect.

Football fans will find rookie cards of Joe Montana, Patrick Mahomes II, and Tom Brady. Basketball fans will find hard-to-find rookie cards of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic.

1921 Exhibit Babe Ruth in Heritage Auction

Other July sports card action

Heritage Auctions has weekly Sunday auctions ending on July 2, July 9, and July 16.

Final thoughts on July sports card auctions

With “only” two major auctions this month, it feels like a light month. But if you dig under the covers, you’ll find a lot to like, especially if you’re a fan of vintage baseball, either graded or raw.

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Sports card auctions from previous months