Photo courtesy of SCP Auctions
Former Major Leaguer Dmitri Young has shown that collecting baseball cards isn’t only for kids. But unlike most kids, Young kept his in tip-top condition and was able to profit from pieces of cardboard with depictions of players of years past and present. He sold his rather impressive collection, comprised solely of rookie cards, in an online auction that ended over the weekend. A flurry of last-minute online bidding pushed the grand total accumulated from the sale to $2,461,032.
Nearly 500 of Young’s rookie baseball cards — all graded 10 gem mint, or perfect condition, by Professional Sports Authenticator — were put up for sale by SCP Auctions, a California-based firm.
The biggest cash cows were:
The only 1955 Roberto Clemente Topps ever graded 10 gem mint — $432,690.
One of only two 1954 Hank Aaron Topps ever graded 10 gem mint — $357,594.
The only 1963 Pete Rose Topps ever graded 10 gem mint — $157,365.
A 1954 Ernie Banks Topps — $142,...