2017 Goldin Auctions Year in Review

Goldin Auctions 2017 Holiday Auction Ends The Year With A Record-Setting NightA very unpredictable year, was another record-setting one for the sports auction business and Goldin Auctions. In the company’s eight live and online auctions, more than 10,000 lots of sports and entertainment memorabilia and historical artifacts were sold by Goldin Auctions – many establishing new industry standards.

Collectors continued to value rare trading cards and game-used memorabilia from the three kings of the business — Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan. Three players — Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and LeBron James — took giant steps towards joining these legends in in the eyes of collectors with some head-turning memorabilia sales.

In addition to providing impressive returns for consignors and rare items for collectors, Goldin Auctions also helped raise more than $500,000 for a variety of charities including: the Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Babe Ruth Museum, the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief and the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

“This was another outstanding year for Goldin Auctions and the entire memorabilia industry and the ability to support so many great charities made it even more rewarding,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “It’s apparent from the record number of bids we are receiving in all of our events that collectors are still enthusiastic and optimistic. We want to thank all of our consignors and bidders for making 2017 such a fun and record-setting year.”

Here are some of the highlights and record prices realized in 2017 by Goldin Auctions. The Goldin Auctions 2018 Winter Auction will begin in mid-January. For a look at the company’s complete 2017 auction results, visit GoldinAuctions.com/AuctionResults


  • 1916 M101-5 Blank Back #151 Babe Ruth Rookie Card SGC70 EX+5.5 –
    This is one of just two examples at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of eleven copies recorded in SGC’s census reporting. ($294,000)
  • 1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays PSA Mint 9 – This is one of just nine examples at its tier (with only one graded higher) among a total of more than 1,700 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting. ($245,000)
  • 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card SGC 86 NM+ 7.5 – Among the 400 copies in the SGC census report, just seven have been placed at a higher tier. ($134,750)
  • 1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank PSA EX5 – Among a total of 71 examples recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just seven copies have been placed at a higher, unqualified tier. ($119,067)
  • 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card PSA EX-MT 6 – ($82,075)
  • 1986-87 Fleer Baseball Unopened Wax Box – ($80,850)
  • 1952 Bowman #101 Mickey Mantle PSAS MINT 9 – ($75,950)
  • 1980-81 Topps #6 Bird/Magic Rookie Card PSA GEM MT 10 – ($74,725)
  • 1954 Topps #94 Ernie Banks Rookie Card PSA Mint 9 – Among more than 3,200 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just two examples have been placed at a higher tier. – ($69,825)
  • 2003-04 LeBron James Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Signed Limited Edition 23/75 Game Used Patch Card PSA Mint 9 – Just three examples from its edition recorded in PSA’s census reporting. The offered piece is his one-of-a-kind, signed rookie piece from Upper Deck’s 2003/04 “Exquisite Collection” brand. This is the only entry from its limited edition for which the serial number corresponds to James’ jersey number. – ($62,475)
  • 1969 Topps #25 Lew Alcindor Rookie Card PSA Mint 9 – Among nearly 2,000 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just a one example is at a higher tier – ($55,738)


  • 1930 Hack Wilson Game Worn Cubs Jersey & Pants – ($382,812)
  • Jackie Robinson 1955 World Series Game Used Louisville Slugger R115 Model Bat – ($255,000)
  • 1959 Ted Williams Game Worn & Signed Red Sox Jersey – ($147,000)
  • 1959 Mickey Mantle Game Used, Signed & Photo Matched Yankees Home Jersey -Comes with authentication from Mears and Sports Investors and LOA from Steve Grad of Beckett Authentication. It has been photo matched by Resolution Photo-matching to several images including a 1960 Topps Mickey Mantle Sport Magazine ’60 ALL-STAR SELECTION card. – ($92,062)
  • 1997-98 Michael Jordan Games Used, Signed & Photo Matches Bulls Home Jersey – Worn on 4/11/98 when MJ recorded his 5000th career assist versus Orlando. The jersey comes with an LOA from the Chicago Bulls for the game use, Upper Deck for the signature and Resolution Photo-matching for the photo match. – ($73,650)
  • 1997-98 Michael Jordan Game Used Bulls Road Uniform – This lot features both the Bulls red road jersey and shorts worn by MJ during the McDonald’s Championships in Paris specifically the 89-82 semi-final win over PSG Racing on 10/17/97 with Jordan scoring 28 points. Photo-matched and graded MEARS A10 & MeiGray. – ($73,200)
  • 2017 Aaron Judge Game Used Opening Day Home Run Jersey – ($62,475)


  • 1939 Lou Gehrig All Star Game Presentation Pin- This pin is unique in that it is the only pin or ring not donated by Lou’s widow to the Hall of Fame, as it was given to one of the nurses who took care of him in his final days. It had remained in her family until her nephew sold it in 1989. – ($171,500)
  • Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe Marriage Certificate – This is the official document that bound the two icons in marriage. Dated January 14, 1954, this State of California Certificate certifies that Joseph DiMaggio and Norma Jeane Dougherty were a married couple. – ($122,500)
  • 2017 Team USA World Baseball Classic Lucky Eagle – This 24-inch tall, 45-pound porcelain sculpture was the “lucky charm,” accompanying Team USA around the country during their triumphant run to the WBC title. The eagle is signed by 28 team members including; Posey, Kinsler, Stanton, McCutchen and Stroman. 100% of the high bid price was donated to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. – ($62,475)
  • Ed Kranepool 1969 New York Mets World Series Ring ($62,475)
  • Finest Known Extremely Rare 1915 Babe Ruth & Father Original Type 1 Photograph in their Baltimore Tavern — Described as “The only known photograph of father and son,” the approximately 8″ x 10″ crystal-clear image was taken in December 1915 depicting father and son as almost mirror images. – ($62,602)
  • 1991-2003 NY Rangers Hockey Rink from Madison Square Garden – This rink was the one that hosted the Rangers at MSG for more than a decade including their 1994 Stanley Cup Championship season. – ($49,100)
  • 1927 Ruth & Gehrig Dual Signed Oversized Photo Inscribed to their Batboy – This amazing 11″ x 14″ oversized photo from that 1927 season shows young batboy Joe Glassenberg in the middle of Gehrig and Ruth. This is arguably the greatest signed photograph of all time and was derived directly from Glassenberg family. Comes with full LOAs from PSA/DNA. – ($36,750)
  • Tupac Shakur Tyson-Selden Fight Ticket – The ticket stub from the event Tupac attended the night of his murder – ($24,500)


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, a 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.

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