More than 1900-lots of sports, entertainment and historical memorabilia sold for over $6.2 million as the Goldin Auctions 2019 October Legends Auction established a new company record for the most bidders and most individual winners on the company’s history. The auction also established records for the highest price ever paid for a modern basketball jersey, the most ever paid for an NBA 50 Greatest Players lithograph, the most expensive Larry Bird jersey ever sold, and the highest priced woman’s soccer item.
Other highlights included five trading cards each selling for more than $100,000 including $270,600 for a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite NBA Rookie Patch Parallel #78 LeBron James Signed Rookie Card (#16/23) Rookie Patch Parallel and $247,230 for a 1956 Topps #33 Roberto Clemente Gray Back – PSA GEM MT 10 (#1 of 1). Additionally, Lou Gehrig’s 1934 Yankees contract netted $160,000 while a 1997-98 Michael Jordan game-used and signed Bulls jersey sold for $129,230.
“Our annual October Legends Auction is always one of our most loaded catalogs every year and we knew this year was something very special,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We want to thank all of our consignors for entrusting us with their memorabilia and congratulate our buyers and adding these historic items to their collections.”
The complete auction catalog is available at GoldinAuctions.com. Additional highlights are below (* indicates a record sale price):
*Lot #241- 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite NBA Rookie Patch Parallel #78 LeBron James Signed Rookie Card (#16/23) Rookie Patch Parallel – BGS NM-MT+ 8.5/BGS 10 – This is one of five examples at its tier (with five graded higher) among a total of 16 copies recorded in BGS’s census reporting.(FINAL PRICE: $270,600)
*Lot #143 – 1956 Topps #33 Roberto Clemente Gray Back – PSA GEM MT 10 (#1 of 1) – This is the only example at its tier among a total of more than 1,300 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting.(FINAL PRICE: $247,230)
*Lot #91 – 2002 LeBron James Games Used & Photo Matched (to First Sports Illustrated Cover and Game) St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Fighting Irish High School Gold Basketball Jersey (MeiGray & Resolution Photomatching) – The historic high school basketball jersey he donned on the cover of the February 18, 2002, issue of Sports Illustrated. The St. Vincent-St. Mary Gold Fighting Irish jersey was worn by James for much of his junior season. Comes with LOAs from The MeiGray Group and Resolution Photomatching for the game use and photo match. A detailed letter from our consignor who attended St. Vincent-St. Mary’s accompanies the jersey.(FINAL PRICE: $192,000)
Lot #119 – 1934 Lou Gehrig Signed NY Yankees Contract from his Triple Crown Season (PSA/DNA MINT 9) – The standard Uniform Player’s Contract calls for a $23,000 salary for 1934, the same amount he made the previous year. Signed on the inside second page with his full name “Henry Louis Gehrig” as well as by Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and team GM Ed Barrow. (FINAL PRICE: $160,000)
Lot #90 – 1997-98 Michael Jordan Photo-Matched Game-Used and Signed Bulls Black Road Jersey – Jordan’s final season in Chicago, leading the Bulls to a 62-20 regular-season record and their sixth NBA Title in eight years. (FINAL PRICE: $129,280)
Lot #273 – 1952 Topps #311 Mantle Rookie Card PSA NM 7 – The most desirable Mantle card in a PSA collection being offered of every Mantle card (FINAL PRICE: $119,310)
Lot #242 – 2003-04 UD “Exquisite Collection” Number Pieces #LJ LeBron James Signed Rookie Card (#02/23) – BGS NM-MT+ 8.5/BGS 10(FINAL PRICE: $118,080)
Lots #246 – 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Number Pieces #MJ Michael Jordan Signed Card (#02/23) – BGS MINT 9/BGS 10 – This is one of six examples at its tier (with two graded higher) among a total of nine copies recorded in BGS’s census reporting. (FINAL PRICE: $105,780)
*Lot #7 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Personal NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Lithograph (FINAL PRICE: $90,880)
*Lot #75 – 1970-80 Larry Bird Rookie Season Game Used Celtics Home Uniform including Jersey & Shorts (FINAL PRICE: $84,980)
Lot #141 – 1955 Bowman #202 Mickey Mantle PSA MINT 9 – This card was pulled from a pack in a live break at the 2018 National Collectors Convention (FINAL PRICE: $62,730)
Lot #150 – 1970/71 Topps #75 Lew Alcindor – PSA GEM MT 10 “1 of 1! – This is the lone example (among a total of nearly 1,400 PSA-holdered copies) residing at that unimprovable tier (FINAL PRICE: $44,280)
Lot #163 – 2001 Bowman Chrome #340 Albert Pujols Refractor Signed Rookie Card (#243/500) – PSA GEM MT 10 – Among more than 200 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just seven examples have achieved this example’s lofty tier. (FINAL PRICE: $40,590)
Lot #314 – 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics Gold Medal With Presentation Box Presented To Michelle Akers (Akers LOA) – A portion of the proceeds shall benefit the Michelle Akers Horse Rescue and Outreach Inc. (FINAL PRICE: $34,440)
Lot #1812 – 2017-18 Las Vegas Knights Team Signed Jersey With 27 Signatures – The jersey is inscribed “91/104” in black marker on the lower left front. (FINAL PRICE: $18,450)
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 a Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $3.12 million, Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract for a record $1.02 million, the Mike Piazza Post-9/11 home run jersey for $365,000, and the 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky PSA GEM MT 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. Goldin Auctions is the official auction partner of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. For more information, visit goldinauctions.com.