Cardlines September 2023 Auction Preview
September is a big month. The unofficial end of summer and the onslaught of all things pumpkin spice.
The baseball season enters its stretch run. The NFL gets underway, and the NBA and NHL aren’t far behind.
While the weather starts to cool off, the auction action stays hot, thanks to a number of great sports card and memorabilia auctions this month.
The Collector Connection: Post-War Sports Cards & Memorabilia XXVI
The Collector Connection brings us their Post-War Sports Cards & Memorabilia XXVI auction to start off the month. While there are some impressive items here, one thing that sets this auction apart is that it’s not all museum-grade stuff the average collector can’t touch. Some of the auctions start with initial bids of only $5 or $10.
Most of the cards are post-war, as the title suggests. There are examples both raw and graded, and all sports are represented, although baseball appears to rule the roost here.
|Auction:||The Collectors Connection Post War Sports Cards & Memorabilia XXVI|
|Auction Dates:||Ends September 3 @ 10 PM ET|
|Number of Lots:||1,250|
Items of Note
As you’d expect in any post-war-themed auction, there are a lot of great Mickey Mantle lots to explore. This includes a lot of great cards, and a really pretty signed baseball. Speaking of signed balls, there are examples from Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio that are worth a look.
Really, this is just scratching the tip of the iceberg. There are so many great lots here. I highly recommend you take a look before this one closes on September 3rd.
Memory Lane Summer Rarities Auction 2023
The Memory Lane Summer Rarities auction lives up to its name, with some truly hard-to-find items included. While this auction skews towards older cards and baseball, there is a bit of everything included.
|Auction:||Memory Lane Summer Rarities Auction 2023|
|Auction Dates:||Ends September 9 @ 7 PM ET|
|Number of Lots:||1,749|
Items of Note
If you’re a fan of Babe Ruth, you’ll love the large number of vintage Ruth items in this auction. There’s a super rare 1909-11 T206 Piedmont 150 Eddie Plank in PSA Auth Altered, which is one of only five known copies. There’s a PSA 5 1915 Cracker Jack “Shoeless” Joe Jackson that’s another tough find.
It’s not all pre-war here, either. There’s a beauty of a 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente in PSA 8. There are a lot of amazing cards from the 1950s and beyond. You’ll even find the bat that Robin Yount got his 3,000th hit with.
While the auction skews heavily toward baseball, there are some real gems from other sports, as well. Just a few examples include a PSA 8 rookie cards of Walt Chamberlain, Joe Namath, Joe Brown, and Lew Alcindor.
I can’t stress enough that these are just a taste of the great items in the Memory Lane auctions this month. It’s very much worth a deeper look.
Goldin 100: Part 2
What Part 2 of the Goldin 100 lacks in quantity, with only 55 lots, it more than makes up in quality. This auction is a lot of high-end and unique items from across the world of sports and beyond.
|Auction:||Goldin Auctions Goldin 100: Part 2|
|Website URL:||Goldin Auctions|
|Auction Dates:||Extended Bidding Starts: Wednesday September 13 @ 10 PM|
|Number of Lots:||55|
|Buyer’s Premium||20% (an additional 3% for credit card payments)|
Items of Note
As stated above, this auction is undeniably high-end. If your finances don’t allow for the acquisition of museum-caliber items, it’s still fun to take a look and marvel at some of the items included.
Baseball fans will marvel at the PSA 8 1952 Topps Mantle, a real gem. There’s a Willie Mays 1952 Topps as well, also in a PSA 8 slab. Other high-end rookie cards include Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, and Steve Carlton.
Michael Jordan fans will find some great items. There’s a 1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jerseys signed relic card. There’s also some great game-used and signed shoes from 1984. LeBron fans will find both a game-used jersey and a PSA 10 Logoman card with James, Curry, and Doncic.
Classic Auctions Historical Hockey And Sports Memorabilia Auction September 2023
These days, hockey collectibles tend to be considered a bit of the niche market. If hockey is your niche, though, the Classic Auctions offering this month is for you.
|Auction:||Classic Auctions Historical Hockey And Sports Memorabilia Auction September 2023|
|Auction Dates:||End: September 19|
|Number of Lots:||1,738|
Items of Note
While there are a number of desirable cards here, the big story is memorabilia and autographs, of which this auction is chocked full. A number of the featured items are from Ed Belfour’s Personal Collection. There’s a personal collection from 1920s and 1930s star Frank Finnigan.
Heritage Auctions 2023 September 29 – 30 Fall Sports Card Catalog Auction #50066
Heritage Auctions has their September 29 – 30 Fall Sports Card wrapping up the month. While we don’t know the total lot size as of this writing, just the preview items give us enough to know this auction is absolutely worth a look.
There are some really interesting lots here.
|Auction:||Heritage Auctions 2023 September 29 – 30 Fall Sports Card Catalog Auction #50066|
|Auction Dates:||Ends September 29-30|
|Bid Open:||Opens September 8|
|Number of Lots:||TBD|
|Bidding Guide:||Heritage Auction Bidding Guide|
|Buyer’s Premium||20% (min $29)|
Items of Note
While the majority of the Heritage auction is baseball, a couple of the top-end items feature some basketball greats. The graded 2003 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection LeBron James is sure to sell for big dollars. The PSA 10 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan will as well.
Old baseball is the heart of this auction, and some of it is really impressive. The SGC-graded 1914 Boston Garter-Color complete 12-card set is new to the hobby. There’s a PSA 10 1968 Topps Mantle that’s a real beauty.
You’ll find old cardboard of Joe Jackson, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Walter Johnson, and of course Babe Ruth. Oh, and if you want to take your chances, there’s a graded 1952 Topps pack – does it contain a Mantle?
There are some really fun and interesting complete PSA registry sets here, as well. They range from the 1933 Goudey to 1986 Fleer Basketball, with a bunch of great vintage sets in between. Check out the graded registry sets from 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979 Topps.
Other auctions of note
For those looking for non-sports items, the Goldin Summer Comics, TCG, and Non-Sports Elite auction is worth a look. It ends on September 6th.
Goldin is also running their Weekly Auctions every week in September.
The weekly auction schedule is:
- Goldin Weekly Auction 33 – Sept 7
- Goldin Weekly Auction 34 – Sept 14
- Goldin Weekly Auction 35 – Sept 21
- Goldin Weekly Auction 36 – Sept 28
To close out the month, Goldin also has their Goldin September Elite Sports auction, which opens on September 8th and closes on the 30th. Details aren’t yet available, so keep an eye on their website.
Heritage Auctions is running its weekly Sunday auctions, which end at 10 PM CT each Sunday.
Upcoming Heritage Weekly Auctions include:
Robert Edward Auctions (REA) has its September Encore Auction running from September 7-17. At the time of this writing, no details were available. Check back here for updates, and don’t forget to check out the REA website.
Final thoughts on September 2023 auctions
September may mean the weather is starting to cool off, but the auction action remains hot this month. There’s a little something out there for everyone, from the high roller to the bargain shopper to the niche collector.
What auction items have you excited about this month? What lots are you watching with interest? Tell us about it at card_lines on Twitter.
Love auction action? Check out our reviews of notable auction house providers in the industry:
- Memory Lane Auctions
- REA Auctions
- Fanatics Auctions
- Heritage Auctions
- Goldin Auctions
- Wheatland Auctions