Dozens of World Records Toppled in $9.4 Million Heritage Sports Card Auction

The world’s largest collectibles auctioneer further validated its status as the industry leader last week as its three-day, 3,000+ lot trading card auction commanded more than $9,437,190 on the strength of dozens of world-record results. This final major sale of the year carries Heritage Sports’ auction tally to over $70 million for the year.

“We saw great prices across all eras and genres,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions for Heritage. “The entrenched vintage collectors came out in force, and the modern market is continuing to gain strength and market share.”

Perhaps the happiest consignor in the event was the owner of the 1910-11 M116 Sporting Life Near Set (314/316), which saw a pre-auction estimate of $200,000 dwarfed by the $324,000 result. Other top performers included a 1911 T205 Gold Border Walter Johnson, PSA NM-MT 8, for $63,000 and a 1922 E121 American Caramel Babe Ruth (Holding Ball), PSA Mint 9, for $75,000.

Likewise, the late 20th and early 21st centuries rocketed to new heights as a 1993 SP Derek Jeter #279, PSA Gem Mint 10, drew $138,000 and a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection LeBron James Rookie Patch Autograph #78, BGS Mint 9, sold for $228,000. The iconic 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Wax Box, beloved for its fabled Michael Jordan rookie, set a new hobby standard at $84,000.

Other highlights include:

$43,2001902-11 W600 Sporting Life (Type 4) Miller Huggins, SGC 84 NM 7

$37,2001909-11 T206 Drum Tris Speaker, SGC PR 1

$69,0001925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig, PSA VG 3

$66,0001933 Uncle Jacks Candy Unopened Pack Babe Ruth, PSA NM 7

$57,6001951 Parkhurst Maurice Richard #4, PSA Mint 9

$765,0001952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311, PSA NM-MT+ 8.5

$42,0001952 Topps Baseball 5-Cent Unopened Wax Pack, PSA NM 7

$36,0001986 Fleer Michael Jordan #57, PSA Gem Mint 10

Heritage Auctions’ next major sports auction is Jan. 16 when it presents The David Hall T206 Collection Part III. On Jan. 30, a special sale of the 1952 Topps & 1953 Topps PSA Set Registry Auction will be held in extended bidding formation on HA.com.

Daily/Weekly Auctions

(*) Indicates Auction in Progress
(*) JG Autographs: May 26 - June 1
(*) Steve Novella: May 26 - June 1
(*) Kevin Savage Cards: May 21 - June 2-3
(*) NBA Auctions: May 28 - June 3
(*) Sirius Sports Cards: May 24 - June 3
(*) Steve Novella: May 28 - June 3
(*) Lelands: May 9 - June 4
(*) Detroit City Sports: May 29 - June 5
(*) Goldin Auctions: May 28 - June 5
(*) MEARS Auctions: May 28 - June 5
(*) CollectibleXChange: April 28 - June 6
(*) The Collector Connection: May 19 - June 6
(*) Sirius Coins: May 15 - June 6
(*) Auction of Champions: May 26 - June 7
(*) Kevin Savage Cards: May 27 - June 7
(*) Hindman Auctions: May 17 - June 8
JG Autographs: June 2 - June 8
(*) Clean Sweep Auctions: May 12 - June 9
Kevin Savage Cards: June 1 - June 9-10
(*) MeiGray Auctions: May 24 - June 9-10
NBA Auctions: June 4 - June 10
(*) Iconic Auctions: June 3 - June 12
(*) Classic Auctions: May 24 - June 15
JG Autographs: June 9 - June 15
(*) RR Auction: May 25 - June 16
Kevin Savage Cards: June 4 - June 16-17
(*) Heritage Auctions: May 24 - June 17
NBA Auctions: June 11 - June 17
Sirius Sports Cards: June 7 - June 17
REA: June 10 - June 20
Auction of Champions: June 9 - June 21
Kevin Savage Cards: June 10 - June 21
JG Autographs: June 16 - June 22
Kevin Savage Cards: June 14 - June 23-24
NBA Auctions: June 18 - June 24
RR Auction: June 17 - June 24
Sterling Sports Auctions: June 10 - June 24
Grey Flannel Auctions: June 4 - June 26
Heritage Auctions: June 4 - June 26
Iconic Auctions: June 19 - June 26
Goldin Auctions: June 7 - June 26-27
Pristine Auction: June 1 - June 27
Lelands: June 13 - June 27
Kevin Savage Cards: June 18 - June 28
JG Autographs: June 23 - June 29
Kevin Savage Cards: June 22 - June 30
NBA Auctions: June 25 - July 1
Sirius Sports Cards: June 21 - July 1
MEARS Auctions: June 29 - July 3
Auction of Champions: June 23 - July 5
SCP Auctions: June 23 - July 9
Memory Lane Inc: June 21 - July 10
2021 Full Auction Schedule