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Up For Auction: The Earliest Known Dated Single Signed Mantle Baseball

October 8, 2019

A remarkable, newly discovered Mickey Mantle autographed baseball has soared to $17,324 in a Mile High Card Company auction, with three days left till closing. In 1949, Mantle was 17-years old, fresh out of high school and embarking on his professional career. He played shortstop his first season for the 1949 Independence Yankees of the Class D Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri (K.O.M.) League.


A Beginner's Guide To Selling Your Collectibles In Auctions

December 18, 2018

So it’s time to part with your collection or parts of it. Maybe you need to pay for home repairs or cover the costs of another purchase. I’ve been in both situations. Or maybe you’re not even a collector, but inherited a relative’s old relics which lack any sentimental value. If so, then stick with me for some guidance on where and how to sell. While my beat is sports collectibles, my secrets work for valuable comic books, coins, and just about any precious artifact you may stumble across in your attic or at a flea market.


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SGC Cards Continue to Set Records in Mile High September Auction!

November 21, 2017

Mile High Card Company’s impressive catalog for their September Auction made for some very exciting results. Featuring several incredible set breaks, as well as some of the most outstanding examples of iconic cards we have seen in a long time, it is no surprise the sale shattered records when the auction came to a close last Friday.


Vintage Baseball Card Featuring Adorable Dog Shatters Auction Record

September 20, 2017

Good dog! A cute little mutt named Midget sure showed who was master in a $2.4 million sports auction staged by Mile High Card Co. Dollar for dollar, Midget’s pose on an 1887 Old Judge tobacco card placing his paw on infielder Art Whitney’s knee makes it the most well-liked card in history, as I reported in a previous post. Mile High’s copy sold for $1,372, almost five times its historic average in an “Authentic” grade. Why, it was almost the equivalent of the Jumbo Honus Wagner, the world’s most famous card, selling for for $10 million last year instead of $3.1 million. “I would say that is a great price for the Whitney, especially in that condition,” Dave Levin, a longtime dealer of Old Judge and other baseball cards, told me.


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Even More Unopened Trading Card Packs Found In Aunt's Attic, This Time Worth $1.3 Million

July 14, 2017

Rarely in films or literature is a sequel as good or better than the original. Except when it comes to the Beer Box Find of unopened trading cards in a 90-year-old aunt’s attic in Tennessee. For the better part of a half-century the cardboard gold had been stored in a Stroh’s beer box. This past spring the first-round auction of this collection consisted of 13 boxes containing hundreds of sealed packs of decades-old baseball, football, and basketball cards. The sale by Mile Hight Card Co. netted $885,622, including $514,746.00 for a nearly full box of unopened 1948 Baseball Cards.


Will Buyers Tear Into 90-Year-Old Aunt's Sealed Sports Card Packs Worth A Record-Setting $900K?

June 19, 2017

The most specular sports card discovery of its kind in history lived up to its billing and then some. Mile High Card Company has sold a long-forgotten hoard of 13 unopened boxes containing hundreds of sealed packs of decades-old baseball, football, and basketball ball cards for a grand total of $885,622. Seventy-four bids boosted the collection’s crown jewel, a near-full box containing 19 packs of 1948 Bowman baseball cards, to a staggering $521,183, well above Mile High’s pre-sale estimate of $500,000.


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Finding Treasure In Your Attic

June 12, 2017

Most of us have harbored fantasies about stumbling across some long-lost treasure buried in the attic, and for most of us it remains a fantasy. But every once in a while, the Attic Fairy pays a visit. The fruits of one of those visits — the contents of some dusty boxes found in a Tennessee attic — will go up for auction on June 15. The boxes had once belonged to the uncle of a Tennessee man (not identified due to security concerns) who called the auction house Mile High Card Co. in Castle Rock, Colo. The man said his uncle had owned a candy store that produced trading cards in the 1950s, and that he found full, unopened boxes of baseball cards from the 1950s and 1960s — as well 19 unopened packs of 1948 Bowman cards.


New Highlights From The $1 Million Unopened Sports Card Packs Found In Aunt's Attic

June 9, 2017

Perhaps the greatest collection of unopened collectibles in baseball card history was recently found in a 90-year-old aunt’s Tennessee attic. Her husband, the late uncle of the current seller, owned a confectionary company that made card sets based on popular 1960s TV shows. The old sports cards had been bought for research and development. One box alone, containing 19 packs of 1948 Bowman baseball cards, is likely to fetch $500,000 in the Mile High Card Company auction closing on June 15th. It’s up to $173,955.


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Newly discovered 1948 Bowman baseball box shows we still love a good treasure story

June 6, 2017

Whether it’s Jim Hawkins following a map to Captain Flint’s riches, Mikey and the Goonies searching for One-Eyed Willy’s stolen gold or Robert Ballard discovering the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, the hunt for treasure is timeless. It’s something we dream of but don’t necessarily expect to fall in our laps. Throughout history, the possibilities of new lands, new resources, new knowledge — new treasure — have driven exploration and innovation. The riches that usually come with it are pretty good motivation, too.


Unopened sports cards could sell for around $1 million

June 6, 2017

Untouched for 60-70 years, a recently discovered stash of 12 unopened sports card products from the 1940s, ’50 and ’60s could sell for around $1 million at auction. The unopened packs of 1948 Bowman Baseball cards highlight the discovery. According to Brian Drent, president of Mile High Card Co., the company auctioning the cards for its owner, the unopened packs of 1948 Bowman Baseball appear to be the only ones in existence. “There are no known examples (of unopened 1948 Bowman Baseball packs),” Drent said. Drent placed a pre-estimate value on just the 1948 Bowman Baseball nearly full unopened box at $350,000-$500,000.


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What’s in Your Attic? Baseball Cards May Help a Collection Fetch Nearly $1 Million

June 5, 2017

A collection of 1948 baseball cards discovered in an attic in unopened packs, and in exceptional condition, are part of a trove of sports trading cards that an auction house said could fetch nearly $1 million. For Brian Drent, president of the auction house, the Mile High Card Company, seeing the find up close was an exhilarating, romanticized part of the chase — a bit like Indiana Jones in the beginning of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” but minus the rolling giant boulder. “Every single day when I go to work, I have this thought that something like this can happen,” Mr. Drent said on Monday. “We’ve had great days, not every day and not to this level.”


A man accidentally finds baseball cards in Aunt's attic that could fetch over $1 million

June 5, 2017

OK, time to start visiting all your elder relatives and going through their attics. A man in Tennessee found a bunch of unopened baseball, football and basketball cards that could end up fetching over $1 million in an auction by Mile High Card Company.


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Million-dollar collection of baseball, basketball and football cards found in a Tennessee attic

May 31, 2017

Is it just me, or do stories of untold riches in sports cards turning up in an attic seem to happen all the time? But even though they do happen a lot, they’re still amazing every time. Typically, it’s just a Honus Wagner card in mint condition or a rare Michael Jordan rookie card with the Chicago Bulls. But every once in a while, one of these card fortune stories emerges and it’s not one or two cards, but dozens. This week, a story came out in Forbes about one lucky future millionaire who didn’t find just dozens, but instead hundreds of old and highly valuable cards in her attic.


Hundreds of Unopened Sports Card Packs Found in Aunt's Attic Likely to Top $1 Million

May 30, 2017

In mid-afternoon a few weeks ago, Brian Drent received a mind-blowing phone call. “Hello, I have some unopened full boxes and almost full boxes from the 1950s and 1960s that I am considering for your auction,” said the man on the other end. The box still contains 19 of 24 unopened packs of 1948 Bowman baseball cards likely worth $500,000. Drent, the president of the Mile High Card Company politely asked for specifics. The caller revealed that he had boxes of early 1960s Topps and Fleer football, 1959 Fleer Ted Williams, and many other sealed packs. They all had been found fairly recently in his 90-year-old aunt’s attic in Tennessee after his uncle passed away. For more than half a century, the uncle had kept packs untouched in a Stroh’s beer box almost as old as the cards themselves. By the way, there was also a 1961 Fleer Basketball unopened box of wax packs, probably containing the rookie cards of Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and Oscar Robertson. Drent was almost speechless.


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THE GREAT SUPER BOWL JERSEY CAPER

March 30, 2017

MEXICO CITY — The knock at the door came at 5:40 a.m., men in gray fatigues and bulletproof vests interrupting the silence of the gated community in the rolling hills northwest of the city center. The neighborhood’s armed security guards had lifted the gates for Mexico’s Interpol director and members of the federal police force, who are accustomed to taking down the doors of drug dens with swift and sudden violence. This time they knocked politely; inside was a man they didn’t understand, who had in his possession something very valuable to some very important people north of the Rio Grande. Martín Mauricio Ortega, the middle-aged director of a Mexican tabloid newspaper, answered the door in black sweats and a blue flannel, long-sleeved shirt. He was confused, startled, upset. But mostly he was shocked.


Brady jersey thief Mauricio Ortega asked local card company CEO about value of Von Miller's helmet

March 21, 2017

DENVER -- Brian Drent boarded a flight to Arizona, and began combing through stories on Facebook. The Tom Brady stolen Super Bowl jerseys caught his attention. A video showed Mauricio Ortega walking out of the Patriots locker room with Brady's game-worn jersey. Ortega, the disgraced former editor of La Prensa, a daily paper in Mexico City, resembled a man Drent met a few months after Super Bowl 50. Drent, president and CEO of Mile High Card Company in Castle Pines, told Denver7 Ortega won an auction in August 2016 for a Joe Montana game-worn rookie jersey for more than $24,887.60 and once his wire transfer funds cleared on Sept. 15, he messaged Drent on Facebook to arrange a pick it up in Denver. "I see the video of Ortega (in the Brady case), and his face is blocked out. I thought it was him. It crossed my mind. But I just laughed it off," Drent said. "I dismissed it as a joke. Later one of my employees calls me and said, 'You are not going to believe this. It was him.'^"


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The Mexican journalist and suspected Super Bowl thief? Turns out Tom Brady met him in 2005

March 21, 2017

Here’s another weird twist in the Tom Brady Super Bowl jersey theft story, one provided — naturally — via TMZ. Mauricio Ortega, the former editorial director of Mexican media outlet “La Prensa” who is suspected of stealing the jersey Brady wore in Super Bowl LI (plus memorabilia from past Super Bowls), is at the very least a serial selfie artist. Check out this array of photos that Ortega is pictured in with a who’s who of Super Bowl players over more than a decade — including with Brady in 2005.


You Should’ve Kept Your Mickey Mantle Cards

October 4, 2016

In 1960, Topps Co. cleared space in its cramped Brooklyn warehouse by renting a barge, loading it with boxes of baseball cards that had sold poorly and dumping them in the Atlantic Ocean. Nearly 60 years later, that renegade housecleaning maneuver has inadvertently created one of the hottest niche investments of the past decade: the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card.


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