Featuring historic memorabilia from many of the most legendary names in sports history including Jesse Owens, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Michael Jordan, Serena Williams and Tiger Woods, the Goldin Auctions 2019 Holiday Auction lived up to expectations as the 1,500-lots of memorabilia generated $4.3 million in sales, with five items closing in excess of $100,000 and at least eight new industry record prices established.
Not surprisingly, a 1936 Jesse Owens Olympic gold medal lead the way at a remarkable $615,000. The record setting-prices included: 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James rookie card ($198,003) – a record for the grade; 2005/06 Upper Deck The Cup #180 Sidney Crosby ($44,280) – highest price ever for the card; 1984 Reggie Jackson game used, signed & inscribed bat from career HR #501-502 ($40,590) – highest price ever paid for a Jackson bat; 1995 Jerry Rice game-used 49ers jersey ($27,060) – highest price ever paid for a Rice jersey; 2018 Juan Soto game-used Nationals jersey ($24,600) – most ever paid for a Soto item; 1986 Topps #161 Jerry Rice rookie card PSA GEM MT 10 ($18,450) – most ever paid for the card; 2018 Serena Williams U.S. Open smashed racquet ($20,910) – most ever paid for any Serena Williams item; and a 1984 Michael Jordan endorsed check ($12,300) – the most ever paid for a Jordan cancelled check.
“This was truly a remarkable event in both the wide assortment of items and the record-prices realized for so many of them,” said Ken Goldin Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We want to thank our consignors and bidders for making all of our 2019 auctions so successful. Every year our events keep getting better and we can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store for 2020.”
Goldin Auctions is currently accepting consignments for its 2020 Winter Auctions which runs from mid-January through mid-February. The complete 1500-lot Holiday Auction catalog, with prices realized, is available at GoldinAuctions.com. Here are some of the highlights:
Lot #1 – 1936 Jesse Owens Olympic Gold Medal Originally Gifted to Olympic Teammate & Lifelong Friend John Terpak, Sr. (PSA/DNA) –Of the four, identical gold medals Owens won at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the whereabouts of two have been lost to time. The third, which was gifted by Owens to friend Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. It comes with a Letter of Authenticity (LOA) from PSA certifying it as an official gold medal from the 1936 Olympics. (Final Price: $615,000)
Lot #168 – 2003-04 UD “Exquisite Collection” Rookie Patch Autograph #78 LeBron James Signed Rookie Card (#51/99) – BGS NM-MT 8/BGS 10(Final Price: $198,030)
Lot #153 – Charles H. Lightoller RMS Titanic 2nd Officer Personal Pocket Watch from 1912 Voyage – This swiss made pocket watch has the name “Charles H Lightoller” engraved on the reverse with “2nd Officer” shows oxidization and rust that could certainly be attributed to being under water. The face of the watch has a crack and the hands remain frozen in time reading 2:20 which certainly could have been the time the watch entered the near freezing water on the night of April 14, 1912. (Final Price: $173,430)
Lot #23 – 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects #BDPP89 Mike Trout (Orange Refractor) Signed Rookie Card (#06/25) – BGS GEM MINT 9.5/BGS 10 -Graded GEM MINT 9.5 by BGS, with signature graded “10” by Beckett. A super-premium Rookie Card, and clearly one of the single most significant Trout rookies in the hobby. Among the twenty-five copies recorded in BGS’s census reporting, just one example has achieved a higher tier. (Final Price: $150,060)
Lot #19 – 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card – SGC 84 NM 7 – Less than five percent of the examples comprising this card’s SGC census have achieved a higher level. (Final Price: $100,860)
Lot #13 – 2012 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII Championship Players Ring with Original Box (Player LOA) – From special team player David Reed (Final Price: $59,040)
Lot #2 – 1918-22 Babe Ruth Game Used R2 H&B Louisville Slugger Factory Side Written Bat (PSA/DNA GU 8) — This 1919-1922 era Hillerich & Bradsby R2/40BR model bat exhibits excellent game use and has a handle crack. Comes with a LOA from PSA/DNA (1B10383) for the game use. (Final Price: $59,040)
Lot #20 – 2003-04 “Ultimate Collection” #127 LeBron James Signed Rookie Card (#088/250) – BGS GEM MINT 9.5/BGS 10 – Just 20 examples have achieved a higher tier. (Final Price: $55,350)
Lot #8 – Ty Cobb Single Signed Baseball (JSA & PSA/DNA MINT 9 Auto/ 8 Overall Ball) -This magnificent example is one of the finest single-signed Ty Cobb baseballs. His bold black steel-tipped fountain pen signature on the side panel of this Official Big Leaguer model ball simply leaps off the proverbial page. The ball itself displays only an ever-so-slight toning giving the ball a light cream-color. LOA from PSA/DNA and JSA. (Final Price: $36,900)
Lot #17 – 1966-67 John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame from the Presidential Memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery – The original Perpetual Flame Torch which stood vigil over President John F. Kennedy’s memorial in Arlington from 1966-67 when the current memorial was consecrated. (Final Price: $31,980)
Lot #30 – 1986/87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card – PSA GEM MT 10 – the highest grade acknowledged by PSA, a distinction that less than two percent of all the examples ever submitted are qualified to claim. (Final Price: $31,980)
Lot #80 – 1984 Michael Jordan Signed Check Dated 2/27/1984 Signed as “Mike Jordan” (Beckett & Letter of Provenance) -A rare Michael Jordan signature from his playing days at the UNC. Making this check so unique is the “Mike Jordan” signature on the back where it was endorsed. The check was made out to “Mike Jordan” for “$5.00” and dated “2/2/84”. (Final Price: $12,300)
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.