1937 Heisman Trophy Leads $3.3 Million Heritage Sports Memorabilia Auction

One of the most prestigious awards in American sports has a new owner today as Yale halfback Clint Frank’s 1937 Heisman Trophy commanded a winning bid of $312,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 18-19 Sports Collectibles Auction. Legendary Yankees took the silver and bronze medals in this event, as a 1932 Babe Ruth three-sheet movie poster and a 1941-42 Joe DiMaggio game used bat drew winning bids of $60,120 and $45,600 respectively.

“There were solid results across the board,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions for Heritage. “We saw some high-end items rocket past our pre-auction estimates, which bodes incredibly well for our upcoming winter Platinum Night auction to launch the 2019 auction season.

Game worn jerseys indicated that the gridiron remains a bull market as a 1970s jersey from Dick Butkus sold for $43,200 and Mark Gastineau ended at $15,600. Collectors’ appetites for rare awards were satisfied when Joe Tinker’s 1906 gold “Chicago Champions” medallion and a 2011 New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI ring each soared to $31,200, signaling the enduring strength of the awards subgenre.

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Heritage Auctions Sports next big memorabilia event of the season is Nov. 15-16, when its Fall Sports Card Catalog Auction cracks open collectors’ vaults to offers rarities from Mickey Mantle to Satchel Paige.