Headlined by the three biggest names in the sports collectibles world, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Michael Jordan, the 2015 Goldin Auctions Summer Live Premium Auction at the Muvico 18 Theater in Rosemont, IL, saw several record prices realized in route to generating more than $3 million in sales. A corresponding online auction at www.GoldinAuctions.com with 1,200 additional lots will close on August 8th.
Just days after a 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps #311 Rookie Card sold for a record $384,000, an even more exquisite version of the same card set a new record by selling for a whopping $400,950 in the auction. Not to be outdone in his hometown, Jordan’s 1997-98 Bulls signed and dated home jersey set a record for a Jordan regular season jersey as it sold for $104,490. Since no auction would be complete without a few rare artifacts from the king of the collecting world, a Ruth bat dated 1921-31 fetched $75,330 and Ruth home run baseball (#519) and signed by Ruth and Lou Gehrig sold for $40,095. Another notable sale was a new find in the hobby, as a 1905 Christy Mathewson World Series bat sold for an impressive $218,700.
“The National Sports Collector’s Convention is the annual event where sports memorabilia takes center stage and the biggest and most passionate collectors gather to build their collections and celebrate the hobby,” said Ken Goldin Founder of Goldin Auctions. “It was clear from the fevered pitch of the bidding from people in the room, online and on the telephone that this was a collection of memorabilia worthy of the occasion.”
Here’s a look at some of the marquee items and the final prices realized:
Lot #40 1905 Christy Mathewson Game-Used World Series Bat ($218,700) –Mathewson passed this bat around during the 1905 World Series locker room celebration and had several of his teammates sign it including Hall of Fame manager John McGraw, who signed and dated the bat “Oct. 14 -05”. This is the first time the bat has been offered for sale and it is oldest World Series bat in existence.
Lot #52 – 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle PSA NM-MT 8 ($400,950) – one of the 30 best graded versions of this historic card. A record price for any Mantle card in a public sale.
Lot #58 – Mike Schmidt 1979 N.L. Gold Glove Award ($49,207)
Lot #3 – Autographed 1921-31 Babe Ruth Game-Used Louisville Slugger Bat ($75,330)
Lot #7 – Autographed 1956 Mickey Mantle Game-Used Triple Crown/MVP Season Bat (1 of 3 known ’56 Mantle bats) ($60,750)
Lot #15 – 1997-98 Michael Jordan Game Worn, Signed/ Dated Bulls Home JerseyRECORD FOR REGULAR SEASON JORDAN JERSEY ($104,490)
Lots #18-20 – 1909-11 T206 White Border Cards
Sherry Magie (Magee Error) PSA EX+5.5 ($72,900) – RECORD FOR THIS GRADE
Eddie Plank (Sweet Corporal) PSA EX 5 ($87,480);
Walter Johnson Portrait (Piedmont) PSA Mint 9 ($73,507)
Lot #23 – Babe Ruth HR Baseball #519 (5-4-1930) signed by Ruth and Gehrig ($40,095)
Lot #48 – 1945 Hank Greenberg Game Used and Signed Tigers Cap with hand-written letter from Greenberg ($52,030)
Lot #62 – 2011 Mike Trout Bat ($18,832) RECORD FOR A TROUT BAT
Lot #68 – Ichiro Suzuki 2001 Gold Glove Award from his MVP/Rookie of the Year Season – believed to be the first Ichiro award/trophy to ever be available at auction($40,095)
Lot #70 – Mike Tyson’s Heavyweight Championship Belt from unifying the title versus James “Bonecrusher” Smith in 1987 ($51,030)
Lot #72 – James Worthy’s Personal NBA 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph – signed by all players (except Maravich) as well as NBA Commissioner David Stern($68,040)
Lot #78 – 1973 Miami Dolphins Super Bowl VIII Ring from player Bob Heinz ($68,040)
Lot #85 – 2004 Derek Jeter Game Used Glove from his first Gold Glove season ($51,030)
Lot #93 – 2013 JJ Watt Game Worn (11-17-13) and Signed Home Jersey ($24,300)
Lot #95 – 2009 Tom Brady Game Worn (10/11/09) Throwback Road Jersey ($29,160)
Lot #100 – 1999 Custom-Designed Bass Fishing Boat Presented to Wade Boggs ($24,300) by Rays owner Vince Naimoli to celebrate his career hit #3000- winner also receives a fishing experience with Boggs.