Small Traditions continues to grow. Our Monthly Masterpieces Plus #7 event, which culminated late Saturday night, established several new sales records for individual lots and reached new milestones, yet again, for total bids, total active bidders, and total sales. We registered over 100 new bidders, soared past 20,000 total bids, and awarded more cash and card giveaways than in any month since starting our auctions last year (please see below for a list of winners). In response to user demand, and after successfully experimenting with a Saturday night closing, we have decided to permanently change our auction closings to the final Saturday of every month, with auction start dates scheduled for the middle Monday of every month. Finally, we are still aggressively seeking consignments for our next several events, and we are pleased to continue to offer 0% selling fees as well as free card grading and reviews with PSA and BGS for new consignors. Please visit our site or call or write for details.
Notable sales from Monthly Masterpieces Plus #7 included the third highest price ever paid for a 1955 Topps #123 Sandy Koufax RC in the grade of PSA 8 NM-MT at $3,230 and the second highest price ever paid for a 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle RC in the grade of PSA 2 Good at $2,004. Both cards were extremely high-end for their grades. On the Derek Jeter front, we saw $3,554 paid for the hobby’s only PSA 10 example of the famous 1997 Bowman’s Best Atomic Refractor Autograph, and we realized some outstanding prices for a number of PSA graded cards from The Captain’s RC years of 1992 to 1996, including $1,655 for a 1995 Columbus Clippers Team Issue graded PSA 10, $2,426 for a 1996 Select Certified #100 Mirror Blue graded PSA 9, $1,655 for a 1996 Mirror Red graded PSA 9, and $1,367 for the only PSA 10 example of the Interleague Insert Sample from the same issue. Several BGS Jeter cards realized strong sales as well, with $1,367 paid for a 1992 Little Sun Unsigned Proof graded BGS 9.5 and $1,821 for a 1993 SP Foil graded BGS 9.5, plus dozens of BGS 10 Pristine graded Jeters that fetched between $100 and $300 each. Some other notable BGS sales included $322 for a 1981 Donruss Tim Raines RC graded BGS 10 Pristine, $241 for a 1982 Fleer Lee Smith RC graded BGS 10 Pristine, $634 for a 1982 TCMA Tony Gwynn RC graded BGS 9.5, $575 for a 1987 Donruss Greg Maddux RC graded BGS 10 Pristine, $523 for a 1987 Leaf Will Clark RC graded BGS 10 Pristine, and $431 for a 1989 Topps Randy Johnson graded BGS 10 Pristine. And who could forget the awesome price of $769 paid for a Widespread Panic 2010 New Year’s Eve “Winter Lady” Poster by famed San Francisco print artist, Chuck Sperry?
Remember, you can search all of our past auction results with just a few quick clicks from our website, and don’t forget to reverse sort by highest price for some mind-blowing numbers.
Now on to our March contest winners. We are very happy to announce that Will Lowry was the winner of our March Auction Giveaway Promotion. Incredibly, Will’s guess of $1,237 was just $3 away from the $1,234 book value we calculated for the Derek Jeter collection using NM-MT pricing at www.beckett.com. Congratulations Will! In the long traditions of Topps and other card manufacturers’ giveaway promotions, Small Traditions regularly awards significant cash giveaways to our registered users for helping us reach new milestones and significant card giveaways to both our Facebook and Twitter followers. Below is a list of additional winners. All prizes have been shipped and/or applied to the March Auction invoices. If you did not bid in the March auction, cash bidding credits can be applied to our web store or to any future auction. Thanks for playing, and a special thanks to Josh Ellis for his thoughtful suggestions—look for many more simplified contests to come—and a sincere thanks to you all for supporting Small Traditions!
- $1,000 Derek Jeter Collection to Will Lowry
- $100 to Chris Williams for our 200th Facebook page like
- $100 to Charles Cottone for our 100th Twitter follow
- $100 to Jae Byun for our 20,000th bid
- LoneRanger @SYOBWOCFAN won a 1999 Finest Team Finest Blue Derek Jeter graded BGS 9.5 for correctly guessing its serial number of 0234/1500 on Twitter
- Will Lowry @wdlowry4 won a 1999 Bowman’s Best Franchise Best Mach 1 Derek Jeter graded PSA 10 for correctly guessing its serial number of 0123/1500 on Twitter
- Drew T @ESPNFanatic4 won a 1987 Donruss Greg Maddux RC BGS 9.5 Quad Gem Mint for coming closest to guessing the $575 final price of our BGS 10 example of this card
- Drew T @ESPNFanatic4 also won a 1996 TSC Members Only Derek Jeter NM-MT RC for coming closest to guessing the $1,129 final price of our PSA 10 example of this card