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, plus a spectacular collection of trading cards and much more headline the Goldin Auctions 2019 Holiday Auction which is open for bidding through Dec.7, 2019 at GoldinAuctions.com.
“It’s not every day one of Jesse Owens gold medals, Babe Ruth’s home run bat or an original pair of Nike running shoes is made available to collectors,” said Ken Goldin Founder of Goldin Auctions. “Additionally, now that Mike Trout has captured his third MVP Award, it will be interesting to see how that impacts the latest 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects we are offering since the past two both sold for more than $180,000.”
Beyond these remarkable items, the auction also features a 1986 Mets World Series ring, a pair of Mantle rookie cards, a personal check endorsed by Jordan in college, the racquet Serena Williams smashed at the 2018 U.S. Open and even a chair from the Titanic. The complete 1500-lot auction catalog is available at GoldinAuctions.com. Some of the highlights include:
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, was sold at auction in 2013 to supermarket magnate and billionaire investor Ronald Burkle for $1.46 million. The medal is a 55 mm piece of world history. Designed by Giuseppe Cassioli, the obverse has the Goddess of Victory with a palm in her left hand and a winner’s crown in her right. “XI. OLYMPIADE BERLIN 1936” in raised letters appear to her right. The reverse features a victorious athlete being carried away from the Olympic stadium by a cheering crowd. The medal shows the expected toning and wear from age and displays magnificently. It comes with a Letter of Authenticity (LOA) from PSA certifying it as an official Gold medal from the 1936 Olympics.
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. The handle has been repaired with nails and the front and back barrel also contains repair nails. Ball marks are found on the left and right barrel and cleat imprints are visible on all sides. The right barrel has been planned to receive factory “side writing” instructions which reads “39 Geo. H. Ruth” in grease pencil. The “39” is believed to indicate the period weight of the bat. From 1919 to 1922 Ruth was the world’s best player, hitting 177 home runs and batting .350. Comes with a LOA from PSA/DNA (1B10383) for the game use.
Lot #7 – Incredibly Rare & Historic 1972 Nike Pair of “Moon Shoes” & Oregon Singlet Jersey -Nike made several different iterations of the Moon Shoes, but only a limited amount of the original style “Moon Shoes” were ever made. There may only be a handful left in existence and these offered shoes are one of those very rare pairs. This pair has no tagging as it was custom-made and is an approximate size between 8 and 9. Such a rarity is not lost on collectors. In July, one of the original pair sold for $437,500, a record price for sneakers sold at auction. This pair of original Nike Moon Shoes being offered by Goldin Auctions, were obtained by our consignor through legendary Nike Collector Lindy Darrell.
Lot #68 – 2003-04 UD “Exquisite Collection” Rookie Patch Autograph #78 LeBron James Signed Rookie Card (#51/99) – BGS NM-MT 8/BGS 10
Lot #9 – 1986 NY Mets World Series Ring (Kevin Elster) — The 21-year-old shortstop recorded 30 at-bats for the Mets during the 1986 season and would go on to have a 13-year MLB career. This Balfour-manufactured, 10K gold ring features a round diamond set on a large blue colored stone, as additional smaller diamonds surround the bezel setting. “1986 WORLD CHAMPIONS” is proudly displayed in relief lettering. One side of the ring is centered by the Mets 25th anniversary team logo, with the name “ELSTER” above and his number “2” below. The opposite side boasts an image of the Commissioner’s Trophy between “Mets” and “116 WINS”. This ring is an approximate size 10 and weighs approximately 34.9 grams. The inside of the band includes manufacture and 10K marks that show minor wear. Comes with a LOA from Kevin Elster.
Lot #16 – 2004 Tiger Woods Ryder Cup 14K Gold Team Ring -Team Europe defeated the U.S. by a final margin of 18.5 – 9.5. Tiger Woods was a member of Team USA and he certainly did his part, finishing 1-0 in singles play (defeating Paul Casey) as well as winning a four-ball match with teammate Chris Riley (beating Clarke and Ian Poulter). The Ryder Cup 14K gold team ring, features a round diamond set on a large blue stone top. “RYDER CUP TEAM” reads in relief lettering around the bezel setting. One side of the ring displays the name “WOODS” above an image of the Ryder Cup trophy. The opposite side reads “2004 Oakland Hills” above an image of the American flag. The inside of this approximate size 10 band is marked “14K”. This ring weighs approximately 31.0 grams.
Lot #18 – 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card – SGC 88 NM/MT 8 – Among nearly 600 copies recorded in SGC’s census reporting, just seven examples have been graded higher. Presented is a bright representative of Mickey Mantle’s “true” rookie card.
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.
Lot #22 – 2005/06 “Ultimate Collection” Signatures Rookie Shield #SL-AO Alexander Ovechkin Signed “NHL Logo” Patch Card (#1/1) – The Russian superstar has penned an outstanding, blue ink signature on the obverse of this superb collectible. The card’s design also incorporates a full “NHL Logo” swatch taken from a jersey worn at an event venue by the stellar athlete. A congratulatory statement from Upper Deck appears on the card’s reverse side; this declaration attests to the signature’s authenticity, verifies the origin of the card’s “patch” component, and serves as the COA for the subject item. The piece is serial-numbered “1/1.”
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. The Angels’ young superstar has placed a dark and magnificent, blue ink signature on the obverse of this extraordinary collectible. The card’s BGS condition report: Centering 9, Corners 9.5, Edges 10, Surface 9.5. Earlier in the year, Goldin Auctions sold an Orange Trout (BGS 9.5/10) for nearly $190,000. Then, in Fall, auctioned another example (also BGS 9.5/10) for just over $180,000.
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”, which was his junior season. According to the consignor, he was shooting pool in the basement of Granville Towers on the UNC campus, when Jordan stopped by to get in on the game(s). The consignor lost a couple of games to Jordan and ran the debt to about $25.00. A friend osaw what was going on and knew Jordan had hustled the consignor to which Jordan agreed. The friend offered to play the games and subsequently won a few games in a row, which irritated Jordan. Jordan, according the consignor, decided to cash out and was willing to accept the $5.00 check to settle up. Jordan’s signature on the back is in bold blue pen. The check itself is in good overall condition with remnants of black paper and a white backing that was most likely used for a display. Comes with a LOA from Beckett Authentication for the signature and a letter of provenance detailing the origins of the check.
Lot #155 – Original RMS Titanic Wooden Deck Chair with Ken Schultz Receipt (Walter Lord LOA and Photo Style Match) – This wooden deck chair was found drifting in the North Atlantic in all of the wreckage following the disaster, drifted to Nova Scotia, Halifax where it was found beached by Bessie Taylor of Cooks Cove. According to the documentation that accompanies the chair from Walter Lord author of “A Night to Remember”, the chair was kept in a shed and passed down to family members for nearly 80 years prior to being acquired by Mr. Lord. Accompanying the wooden deck chair is the letter from Mr. Lord to Ken Schultz, the original receipt of purchase from Ken Schultz to our consignor in the amount of $80,000, as well as a photograph of the exact style of chairs aboard the titanic prior to its departure on April 10, 1912. One of these chairs previously sold publicly for $150,000.
Lots #169-197 – Upper Deck NBA Exquisite Collection – Nearly 30 lots of 2003-04 UD Exquisite Collection NBA Trading cards including such stars as; LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Carmelo Anthony, Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant and many others.
MICKEY MANTLE’S PERSONAL ITEMS FROM HIS BROTHER ROY AVAILABLE IN GOLDIN AUCTIONS 2019 HOLIDAY AUCTION
Currently on the auction block are several items sourced directly from Mickey Mantle’s brother Roy Mantle’s wife Mary Mantle. The items include a one-of-a-kind Television script that was never produced written by Patchett-Kaufman. In the early 1990’s Patchett-Kaufman Entertainment developed a television movie for CBS Television about the early life of Mickey Mantle. The script was written by Emmy winner Tom Patchett with the full cooperation of Mr. Mantle. Tom and Mickey traveled together to various places in Oklahoma for research purposes prior to the first draft. This script offered is the original first draft dating to December 17, 1990.
This television script features a Patchett-Kaufman Entertainment three-hole punch cover. Each cover appears to have some water damage from nearly three decades of storage held together with two brass fasteners. There are 111 total pages and on approximately 10 pages there are notes written in blue ball point pen in the hand of Mickey Mantle, evidencing that this was his personal copy. Some of the content is extraordinary as Mickey writes a notation, “Someday you’ll be glad!” in the area where he was learning how to hit as a switch hitter. The handwriting comes with a full LOA from PSA/DNA (AG01672) and the original script also comes with a copy of the letter from Mary Mantle, Mickey’s Brother Roy’s Wife. In addition, to the Script, the auction also includes several signed Mantle items that were given to his brother and contain very personal notes.
The auction also includes a very early 1953 wristwatch that was presented to Mantle from LOOK magazine for his All-American honor. This 14k Gold SEMA watch was awarded to Mantle in 1953 when he played his third season in professional baseball as a 21-year-old. The watch was given to a close friend, who lived just a few houses down from Mickey on Maple Street in Commerce Oklahoma. Mantle references this friend a few times as Hardrock in his book “The Mick”. The watch was passed down the family for the past seven decades and the details are accounted in the notarized provenance that accompanies the historical time piece. The 14k reverse of the watch is engraved “Mickey Mantle 1953 Look All Star Team” and comes off with ease as the original owner wished to keep it in its entirely original condition. There is wear on the front of the watch as well as the band which is also all original to when Mantle received this in 1953. Very rarely do Mickey Mantle’s personal professional baseball awards come to market, particularly of this magnitude, however this rare opportunity provides a chance for a new owner of this historical baseball award from the early years of Mickey Mantle’s career. The Auction closes Saturday December 7th at Goldinauctions.com.
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.