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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 Basics

Auction:The Collectors Connection Post War Sports Cards & Memorabilia XXVI
Website URL:https://thecollectorconnection.com/Lots/Gallery
Auction Dates:Ends September 3 @ 10 PM ET
Bid Open:Open
Number of Lots:1,250
Bidding Guide:Terms

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.

Babe Ruth, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and many more stars are represented. There are lots of great autographs to explore. There are sets and unopened materials galore, as well.

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 Basics

Auction:Memory Lane Summer Rarities Auction 2023
Website URL:https://memorylaneinc.com/site/Lots/Gallery
Auction Dates:Ends September 9 @ 7 PM ET
Bid Open:Open
Number of Lots:1,749
Bidding Guide:Terms
Buyer’s Premium20%

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 Basics

Auction:Goldin Auctions Goldin 100: Part 2
Website URL:Goldin Auctions
Auction Dates:Extended Bidding Starts: Wednesday September 13 @ 10 PM
Bid Open:Open
Number of Lots:55
Bidding Guide:FAQ
Buyer’s Premium20% (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.

Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes II, Joe Burrow, and more all make appearances.

Non-sports items include Kayne West sneakers, Eminem signed vinyl, an original Bob Ross painting from 1989, and a rare Pokemon video game and card.

History buffs might enjoy the graded 1865 baseball team photo or the original typed copy of Dr. James Naismith’s “The Basket Ball Rules” with handwritten notes.

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 Basics

Auction:Classic Auctions Historical Hockey And Sports Memorabilia Auction September 2023
Website URL:https://www.classicauctions.net/catalog.aspx
Auction Dates:End: September 19
Bid Open:OPEN
Number of Lots:1,738
Bidding Guide:https://www.classicauctions.net/rules.aspx
Buyer’s Premium20%

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.

There are game-used jerseys from stars including Joe Sakic, Mario Lemieux, Peter Forsberg, and many more.

There are graded rookie cards of such legends as Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau, and Wayne Gretzky, among others.

It’s not all hockey here, either. You’ll find not one, but two World Series trophies up for auction.

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 Basics

Auction:Heritage Auctions 2023 September 29 – 30 Fall Sports Card Catalog Auction #50066
Website URL:https://sports.ha.com/
Auction Dates:Ends September 29-30
Bid Open:Opens September 8
Number of Lots:TBD
Bidding Guide:Heritage Auction Bidding Guide
Buyer’s Premium20% (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 WagnerTy 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.

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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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