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Notable Sports Card Auctions in October

october sports card auctions

October brings the end of the baseball regular season and the start of the playoffs. The NFL starts to find its stride and the cool weather beacons us inside to sort and view our collections.

Oh, and it’s a great time of year to check out sports card auction offerings from many of the major auction houses.

The Collectors Connection Post War Sports Cards & Memorabilia XIX

The Collector Connection auction indeed features a large number of post war cards and collectibles, although the mix also includes some pre-war and junk wax era items as well.

There’s a nice mix of sports, graded and raw offerings, some opened materials, and lots more.

Collectors Connection Auction Basics

Auction:The Collectors Connection Post War Sports Cards & Memorabilia XIX
Website URL:https://thecollectorconnection.com/Lots/Gallery
Auction Dates:End: 10/2/2022 10:00 PM EST
Bid Open:Open
Number of Lots:1,436
Bidding Guide:Terms

Collectors Connection Items of Note

This auction features a lot of variety, for sure. Want a Swedish postcard of Jim Thorpe from 1912? They have it. There’s impressive PSA graded baseball icons. Raw vintage football your thing? Lots to be found here. There is a variety of autographed items available.

My favorite item? It’s not high dollar, and it’s not rare or (that) old, but there are several 1987 Topps Wax Boxes (link). Those were the first packs I ever purchased, and seeing that distinctive wood grain design always sends me back.

The Collectors Connection Post War Sports Cards & Memorabilia XIX

Sirius Sports Card Auctions #323

This auction is about half baseball, half a mix of other sports, and skews old, with very few post-1990 cards, and many from the pre-war era.

Sirius Auction Basics

Auction:Sirius Sports Card Auction #323
Website URL:https://siriussportsauctions.com/catalog.aspx
Auction Dates:Ends 10/6/22
Bid Open:Open
Number of Lots:1,227
Bidding Guide:Rules
Buyer’s Premium12.5%

Sirius Items of Note

There’s lot to like in the Sirius auction, with Pre-War Graded ranging from T206’s to 1930’s Goudey, to Diamond Stars, to 1948 Leaf. Baseball is king here, but you’ll find smaller offerings of Football, Basketball, and even a handful of Hockey and Other Sports.  While these sports may not offer the sheer quantity of baseball, there are some really exciting pieces available.

There’s Memorabilia, including autographs, and a smattering of non-sports, from 1889 French stamps to mid-1980s Garbage Pail Kids.

Unlike many other auctions on this list, this one has supplies…so if you need to stock up, check out the Sirius offerings.

My favorite item? There are so many to choose from, but I’m going to go with the PSA 9/PSA 10 (Auto) 1986 Topps Traded Bo Jackson XRC (link). After our recent exploration of Bo Jackson’s Rookie Cards, I have Bo on the brain.

T206 in the Sirius Sports Card Auction #323

Leland’s October Focus Auction – Modern Superstars

The Lelands October Focus Auction has only 50 items, but it really does have a “focus” on some amazing offerings. Modern superstars are indeed heavily represented, but there are some icons of yesteryear, as well.

Lelands Auction basics

Auction:Leland’s October Focus Auction – Modern Superstars
Website URL:https://auction.lelands.com/Lots/Gallery
Auction Dates:End: 10/8/2022 10:00 PM EST
Bid Open:Open
Number of Lots: 50
Bidding Guide:Bidding Rules
Buyer’s Premium20%

Lelands Items of Note

Modern Superstars represented include Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, and Kobe Bryant. There are National Treasures cards of Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow, Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, and more.

It’s not just modern here, though, with several Vintage PSA 9 Willie Mays cards, graded Mickey Mantle cards, and Jackie Robinson.

My favorite? I’ll go with the 1968 & 1969 Topps Ernie Banks PSA GEM MINT 10 Lot (link). Two late 1960s cards of Hall of Famer “Mr. Cub” in Gem Mint condition. Pretty amazing, even if it’s crazy that Topps used the same photo on both cards. That’s what a monopoly gets you, I guess!

Leland’s October Focus Auction – Modern Superstars

Fanatics Fall Kickoff Auction

As we’ve covered on Cardlines in the past, Fanatics does auctions a bit differently. With a lower number of items, no buyer’s premium, but some really cool and exclusive offerings, Fanatics is continuing to shake up the hobby.

Fanatics Auction Basics

Auction:Fanatics Fall Kickoff Auction
Website URL:Fanatics Auction Link
Auction Dates:Ends Oct 12, 2022 @ 9 PM ET
Bid Open:Open Now
Number of Lots:253
Bidding Guide:FAQ
Buyer’s PremiumNone

Fanatics Items of Note

Despite featuring only 253 items, this auction run the gambit with something for all interests. From autographed or game-used shoes to signed hats, every piece of signed equipment is available. This includes a signed catcher’s chest protector and signed basketball shorts.

Prefer cardboard? There’s ultra-modern like last year’s #1 draft pick Henry Davis and Rookie of the Year contender Julio Rodriguez. Football fans may prefer the Patrick Mahomes or Kyler Murray offerings.  Prefer vintage? There are high grade Ernie Banks and Reggie Jackson (RC!) to be had.

This Red Sox fan’s favorite items? Please don’t make me pick between the Ted Williams signed bat and the Carl Yastrzemski signed hat.

Ted Williams Signed Bat from Fanatics Fall Kickoff Auction

Clean Sweep Oct 12th Auction

This auction skews towards baseball and vintage, as do many of the auctions this month. Graded cards, autographs, and memorabilia shine here.

Clean Sweep Auction Basics

Auction:Clean Sweep Auctions Oct 12th Auction
Website URL:Website
Auction Dates:Ends Wednesday October 12, 2022 11:00 PM EST
Bid Open:Open
Number of Lots:1,014
Bidding Guide:https://www.cleansweepauctions.com/html/faq.html
Buyer’s Premium20% (higher in some cases – see rules)

Clean Sweep Items of Note

In this auction, you can find 19th-century graded cards. There are 1948 and 1949 Leaf Jackie Robinson. Signed baseballs are a huge part of this auction, including single-signed, multi-signed, and team-signed.  

Clean Sweep brings us some interesting non-sports autographed items, including former presidents, first ladies, astronauts, and more.

My favorite item? Lots to choose from, but let’s go with the 1977 Star Wars Series One Sealed Pack (link). The very first Star Wars cards ever? Very cool!

1977 Star Wars Series One Sealed Pack from Clean Sweep Auctions

Wheatland Auctions October 2022 Sports Card and Memorabilia Auction

Wheatland Auctions October Sports Card and Memorabilia auction feature 677 items that span many different sports, and also a number of interesting non-sports items.

Wheatland Auction Basics

Auction:Wheatland October 2022 Sports Card & Memorabilia Auction
Website URL:https://wheatlandauctionservices.com/catalog.aspx
Auction Dates:October 16
Bid Open:Open
Number of Lots:677
Bidding Guide:Terms
Buyer’s Premium18%

Wheatland Items of Note

There are a lot of great items in the Wheatland Auction, crossing a range of year, company, sport, and condition/grade.

Highlights include a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth PSA 1, a 2000 Bowman Tom Brady PSA 10, and a 2011 Topps Update Baseball Sealed Retail Box (link) that could contain a Mike Trout rookie. Don’t want to risk pulling a Trout that grades out? There’s also a BGS 9.5 version.

My favorite? The RARE 1921 W551 Complete Uncut Sheet of 10 w. Ruth, Cobb, Johnson, Bancroft, Speaker, Sisler (link). These are hard to find in this good of condition. This particular sheet has 8 Hall of Famers.

1921 W551 Complete Uncut Sheet in Wheatland’s Auction

Heritage Auction Sunday Night Auctions

If one monthly auction is good, then four must be better, right? If you’re a fan of vintage sports cards, the answer may very well be “yes”.

Each of the auctions skews towards baseball but has mostly vintage items from across the sports world. With lot sizes in the 300-400 item range, these are a bit more manageable than a big monthly or quarterly auction with thousands of items.

Ends October 2nd @ 10 PM CT – 319 items

Ends October 9th @ 10 PM CT – 367 items

Ends October 16th @ 10 PM CT – 391 items

Ends October 23rd @ 10 PM CT – 326 items

Heritage Auction Sunday Night Auctions

Robert Edwards Auctions October Encore Auction

REA is advertising its October Encore Auction running from October 13-23, 2022. At the time of this posting, no details on auction items are available. Check out the REA website for more info as the auction gets closer.

The final word on October Auctions

As the weather cools, the auction action stays hot. There’s a lot to like in October’s auction offerings. Whatever your sport of choice and if you prefer cardboard raw or graded, memorabilia, or autographs, there’s something for you this month!

Other sports card auctions by month

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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