When the catalog for the Goldin Auctions 2018 Winter Auction came out, collectors knew that there were potentially several record-setting items being offered. They were right. By the time the last bid was placed, records were smashed as nearly 1,100 lots of sports, entertainment and pop-culture memorabilia sold for $3.5 million, the most-ever for the company’s annual winter auction event.
The entire auction catalog with the prices realized is available at GoldinAuctions.com. In addition, Goldin Auctions is accepting consignments until March 6 for its Spring Premium Live and Catalog auction in April. Interested parties should contact email@example.com.
To nobody’s surprise, the highlight of the night was a 2017 New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Championship Ring – Tom Brady Family Ring- with original presentation box and original Jostens’ “Brady” certificate selling for a record $344,927. The ring has 265 diamonds compared to the 283 that Tom Brady’s actual ring has and is slightly smaller than a player’s ring. The ring comes with a letter of appraisal from its maker, Jostens, for Brady.
The price was a record for a football ring, surpassing Lawrence Taylor’s Super Bowl XXV ring which sold for $230,401. The only piece of sports memorabilia from the past 25 years to sell for more, was Mike Piazza’s historic post-9/11 home run jersey which was sold privately by Goldin Auctions to Anthony Scaramucci and others for $365,000.
“The extensive marketing and publicity that we are able to create surrounding high-profile and record-setting items expands our customer base and brings new people into the industry. This helps grow the industry and directly benefit our consigners,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions.
It was surely a night for rings as several more football championship rings also exceeded expectations including: 2012 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Player Ring (Christian Thompson) ($47,872); 2015 Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 Championship Ring ($36,825); 1969 KC Chiefs Super Bowl IV Championship Ring ($29,460); 1999 St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXIV Championship Player Ring (London Fletcher) ($23,322); 1992 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXVII Championship Player Ring (Jimmy Smith) ($23,322) and Lou Saban’s 1964 Buffalo Bills AFL Championship Ring ($15,957).
The holy grail of UFC memorabilia, the Original UFC V Superfight Championship Belt, created for the April 7, 1995 Royce Gracie vs Ken Shamrock fight, which sold for $44,190, set a record for the highest price ever paid at auction for UFC memorabilia. In fact, the sale price is even more impressive when you realize that it fell just one bid short of surpassing Mike Tyson’s 1987 WBA Heavyweight Championship Belt which Goldin Auctions sold for $49,800.
- The sale prices for several modern trading cards and pre-war era cards also turned heads including:
- 1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan PSA Gem MT 10 ($22,095)
- 2003-04 Bowman “Rookies & Stars” Chrome Gold Refractor #123 LeBron James Rookie Card (#8/50) Gem Mint 10 ($22,095);
- 1988 Playoff Contenders Ticket #87 Peyton Manning Signed Rookie Card PSA Mint 9 ($13,502)
- 2007-08 Finest #71 Kevin Durant White X-Fractor Subfractor Rookie Card (#1/1) BGS Mint 9 ($11,407)
- 1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank PSA PR-FR 1 ($51,555)
- 1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb Portrait red Background – PSA NM-MT 8 “1 of 3” ($55,237)
- 1914 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson – SGC 35 GD+ 2.5 ($40,507)
Here are some of the auction highlights and final prices realized. For more details, visit GoldinAuctions.com.
- Lot #3 – 1959 Ted Williams Game Used Red Sox Home Uniform Including Jersey, Undershirt and Pants (MEARS A10) (Final Price: $98,200)
- Lot #215 – 1966 Topps Football Unopened Wax Box (Final Price: $75,491)
- Lot #21 – 1933 All-Star Signed ONL Heydler Baseball with 22 Signatures including Ruth & Gehrig (Final Price $62,602)
- Lot #2 – 1972 Hank Aaron Game Used & Signed Braves Road Jersey (MEARS A10, JSA, Steiner) (Final Price: $$55,237)
- Lot #7 – 1979 Thurman Munson Game Used NY Yankees Final Season Road Jersey (MEARS A10) (Final Price: $40,507)
- Lot #23 – The Wayman Tisdale 1984 Olympic Basketball Gold Medal (Final Price: $38,052)
- Lot #20 – David Ortiz Final Career HR Bat (#541)(Final Price: $36,825)
- Lot #18 – 1978-79 Pete Maravich New Orleans Jazz Game Used Home Jersey (MEARS A10) (Final Price: $33,314)
- Lot #10 – Bobby Riggs Historic “Battle of the Sexes” Tennis Racket (Final Price: $27,005)
- Lot #992 – 1988-89 Michael Jordan Game Used &, Inscribed Bulls Home Jersey (MEARS A10, Meza LOA & Beckett)(Final Price: $24,550)
- Lot #8 – 2017 Aaron Judge Yankees Rookie Season Game Used HR #17 Bat – the first Judge HR bat sold at auction. (Final Price: $24,550)
- Lot #4 – 1956-60 Ted Williams Game Used and Signed Hillerich & Bradsby W183 Model Bat (PSA/DNA GU9, MEARS A9.5 & Beckett) (Final Price: $23,322)
- Lot #852 – San Diego Chicken Mascot Head (Final Price: $9,820)
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.