When you gather the most passionate sports memorabilia collectors together in the same room with a collection of rare and unique auction items during the industry’s biggest annual event you can expect fireworks. And that’s exactly what happened last night during a record-setting night in Cleveland at the Goldin Auctions 2018 Live & Premium Summer Auction during the National Sports Collectors Convention.
Some of the record-setting items included the highest price ever paid for; a 1933 Babe Ruth Goudey #181, a Mickey Mantle Yankees cap, any football helmet, a Tom Brady jersey/uniform, a 1967 Roberto Clemente card, a 1979 Steeler Super Bowl ring, and a 1914-15 Nap Lajoie bat. In all, nine items sold for more than $75,000 with two surpassing $300,000.
“Our annual event during The National is always special, but this was a truly remarkable night with great energy in the room and a flurry of bidding by our live guests as well as online and phone bidders,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “I congratulate our winning bidders and our consignors for such a successful night.”
The corresponding catalog auction is open for bidding through August 11 at GoldinAuctions.com. Here’s a look at some of the auction highlights and record-setting prices realized.
Lot #21- 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth PSA MINT 9 – One of just six examples at its tier (with only one graded higher) among more than 1,000 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting. This fabulous piece is the first PSA MINT 9 Goudey Ruth card to be offered for public sale in more than a decade. The highest price ever paid for this card (**RECORD PRICE: $319,150)
Lot #2 – 1914-15 Nap Lajoie Game Used Hillerich & Bradsby 40k Model Bat (PSA/DNA GU 8) – PSA/DNA, recorded that they know of only two other surviving game used Lajoie bats in existence, and unlike this one, the other two bats have blank barrels with no Lajoie signature stamping. (**RECORD PRICE $136,252)
Lot #13- 1961 Mickey Mantle Game Used New York Yankees World Series Cap (MEARS) — Randy Nicklas, the personal charter pilot for the Yankees and Football Giants during the 1950’s and 60’s was gifted this hat by Mantle after the final game of the 1961 World Series. Comes with a LOA from MEARS for the game use. The most ever paid for a Mantle cap (**RECORD PRICE: $94,517)
Lot #36 – Historic 2008 Eli Manning Game Used New York Giants Helmet Photo Matched to Super Bowl XLII on 2/3/2008 vs New England – The helmet worn by Manning when he threw the historic “David Tyree helmet catch” pass – Manning’s iconic career highlight and the greatest play in Super Bowl history. The highest price ever paid for any football helmet (**RECORD PRICE: $81,015)
Lot #34 – 2004 Tom Brady Game Used & Photo Matched Patriots Road Uniform from Super Bowl Season -This is the complete uniform worn by Tom Brady. Two white strip tags with “BRADY vs. MIAMI 12/04 road” and “12-04 vs. MIAMI MNF road” are sewn in the pants and jersey. This jersey comes with a LOA from MeiGray. The most ever paid for a Brady jersey/uniform (**RECORD PRICE: $81,015)
Lot #38 – 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Player Ring. Highest price ever paid for this ring. (**RECORD PRICE $72,422)
Lot #27 – 1967 Topps #400 Roberto Clemente (PSA GEM MT 10; 1 of 2). Highest price ever paid for this card. (**RECORD PRICE $44,190)
Lot #3 – 1897 Adrian “CAP” Anson Game Used J.F. Hillerich & Son Model Bat – His Last Game Used Bat – (PSA/DNA GU 10 & Letter of Provenance) – The only game-used Anson bat in existence, it was used by the 45-year-old during his final game.
(FINAL PRICE: $349,837)
Lot #4 – 1932 Babe Ruth Game Used & Signed Hillerich & Bradsby 4-18-32 Model Bat (PSA/DNA GU 9.5) – Fresh to the Hobby, this bat was used by Babe during his last great season in the majors. Ruth’s signature on the back barrel has been authenticated by PSA/DNA.(FINAL PRICE: $147,300)
Lot #42 – Jim Palmer 1976 Cy Young Award — This is Jim Palmer’s 1976 Cy Young Award – the third of his Hall of Fame career awarded after a season in which he won 22 games, pitched 23 complete games, six shutouts and recorded a 2.51 ERA. Includes LOA from Jim Palmer. (FINAL PRICE: $92,062)
Lot #75 – 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil #279 Derek Jeter Rookie Card PSA GEM MT 10 -A debut-year collectible of a future Hall of Famer, and easily the most widely pursued baseball rookie card of an entire generation. Among more than 14,400 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just 22 have achieved this unimprovable tier. (FINAL PRICE: $76,015)
Lot #85 – Extremely Bold Lou Gehrig Signed Official A.L. Baseball (PSA/DNA & JSA) – Gehrig’s signature is in very strong black fountain pen and transcends any of the overall toning of the leather. Comes with a LOAs from JSA and PSA/DNA for the signature. PSA/DNA has graded Gehrig’s signature a solid 6. (FINAL PRICE: $53,396)
Lot #45 – 1997-98 Michael Jordan Sporting News NBA Player of the Year Award produced by Tiffany (FINAL PRICE: $47,872)
Lot #57 – 2018 LeBron James Eastern Conference Finals Game Used Cavaliers Road Jersey Game 1 versus Boston (FINAL PRICE: $36,825)
Lot #40 – Mike Singletary Hall of Fame Ring. (FINAL PRICE $34,983)
Lot #65 – Barry Bonds Game-Used Bat – Used to hit four home runs (FINAL PRICE $31,915)
Lot #55 – Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers Game-Used Jersey (FINAL PRICE $24,550)
Goldin Auctions is currently accepting consignments for its September Internet Auction and October Legends Auction. To consign an item, visit GoldinAuctions.com.
About Goldin Auctions
Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $700 million in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history and pop culture and was the pioneer of using the medium of television to sell sports memorabilia. Over the past few years, Goldin Auctions sold Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract for a record $1.02 million, an Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $3.12 million, the Mike Piazza Post-9/11 home run jersey for $365,000, and the 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 rookie card for a record $465,000. Goldin Auctions strives to break new ground and offer collectors the best in collectible treasures up for auction in the marketplace. All game-worn or autographed items come with team, player, league or additional LOA from industry leading authenticators; and collectors can bid with confidence that their proxy/ceiling bids remain confidential. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.