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Vintage Set Breaks and High-Grade Complete Sets Top REA May Auction

Chester, NJ - May 20, 2024 - Set building was a central theme among the top sellers in REA’s May Encore Auction, which closed Sunday night, as a trio of complete and near-complete classic baseball sets from the 1950s led the way. The highest-selling lot was a 1958 Topps near-complete set (493/494) ranked #13 on the PSA Set Registry (8.00 GPA), which sold for $126,000. It was followed by a 1957 Topps complete set ranked #24 on the PSA Set Registry (8.00 GPA) and a 1959 Topps complete set ranked #29 on the PSA Set Registry (8.01 GPA), which sold for $99,000 and $72,000, respectively.

One of the most highly-anticipated items in the event was a 1909-1911 T206 Ty Cobb Bat Off Shoulder PSA FAIR 1.5 with an extremely rare Uzit Back that sold for $54,000, a new record for the grade and back combo. A 1933 R319 Goudey #53 Babe Ruth PSA VG-EX 4 also set a new record for the grade, selling for $30,000.

The event included more than 3,600 items, generating nearly $1.8 million  in sales across more than 63,000 bids.

Other top sellers in REA’s May Auction included:

“There were a lot of very strong results in this auction, which underscored a few of the key trends unfolding across the hobby right now, including the resurgence of high-grade set building,” said REA President Brian Dwyer. “This is a very positive sign of great things to come in our upcoming events and the industry as a whole.”

Next up on REA’s schedule will be its June Encore Auction that opens on June 13, followed by its blockbuster Summer Catalog Auction that launches on July 23 and coincides with the 44th annual National Sports Collectors Convention, where REA will be at Booth #6032. You can request a catalog for the much-anticipated Summer Auction. 

You can see REA’s upcoming auction schedule and read about different consignor stories from previous and upcoming REA auctions on its website.


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