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Finals Days to Bid in Goldin Auctions Live August 4th Auction

Rare NBA Memorabilia Aplenty in the Goldin Auction Summer AuctionThe Goldin Auctions 2016 Premium Live Auction features a mix high-grade trading cards and one-of-a-kind items from legendary sports figures including Knute Rockne, Muhammad Ali, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and more. The live auction,which features 100 lots of rare memorabilia, each valued at $10,000 or above will conclude on August 4 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, while a corresponding catalog auction with more than 1,000 additional lots will run through August 13 online at

Auction features 100 lots valued at $10,000 or above at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City on August 4 and online at through August 13

100 items of rare sports memorabilia will change hands with many selling for record prices at the Goldin Auctions 2016 Premium Live Auction on August 4at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City. A corresponding catalog auction with more than 1,000 additional lots will run through August 13 online at

Some of the items expected to sell for record prices include: the only 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card PSA Graded GEM MT 10; Muhammad Ali’s Fight Worn Gloves from Ali-Frazier 1; Mickey Mantle’s 1955 A.L. Championship Ring, Babe Ruth’s 1935 (final) Player’s Contracts with the Boston Braves; and a 1933 Goudey Baseball 24-Card Uncut Sheet.

“The National Sports Collector’s Convention is the biggest event in the sports memorabilia industry and our annual auction has become the place for serious collectors to bid upon some of the most unique and valuable sports memorabilia,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We are especially proud of the items we are offering this year, as many are reaching the auction block for the first time. It will be exciting to see the response and feel the energy in the room as record prices are set.”

Here are some of the auction highlights and the current bid (as of Monday, August 1 at 9 :00 am ET). Current bids do not include 22% Buyer’s Premium. For updated bid information, visit

Lot #41 (CURRENT BID: $310,000) – Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Glove from Ali-Frazier 1 — These Everlast boxing gloves were worn by Ali at the March 8, 1971 “The Fight of the Century.” The interior linings carry bold notations reading, “MA 1, AD, Ali-(Joe) Frazier 3-8-71 MSG.” Approval stampings placed by the New York State Athletic Commission are accompanied by additional notations (date and initials) penned by that agency’s inspector. The black marker signature of Ali’s long-time corner-man Angelo Dundee also appears inside each glove. The gloves remained in the possession of Dundee after the fight, and they are accompanied with an authentication letter. Gloves from Ali’s fights with Floyd Patterson and Sonny Liston sold for $1.1 million and $965,000 respectively.

Lot #25 (CURRENT BID: $280,000) – O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card PSA Graded GEM MT 10 — PSA has graded 3,727 1979/80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Gretzky rookie cards. Of those, 65 have graded an unqualified PSA MINT 9 and this is the only PSA GEM MT 10 example currently in circulation. With the average sales for a Gretzky PSA 9 having increased by 500% over the past few years. The previous record price for a hockey card was $94,000.

Lot #11 (CURRENT BID: $195,000) – 1955 Mickey Mantle A.L. Championship Ring – This marks the first time in more than a decade that a Mantle championship ring will be offered at auction. Just two other Mantle rings (1956, 1962) have ever been sold. In addition to the elegantly engraved script, “Mickey C. Mantle,” inside the band, there is the iron-clad provenance of brother Ray Mantle’s 5/12/2000 LOA on Yankee letterhead. It is also the last such ring Mantle would ever receive as he declined future rings from World Series losses.

Lot #38 (CURRENT BID: $170,000) – Babe Ruth’s 1935 Contract with the Boston Braves – His final MLB contract is a standard N.L. Uniform Player’s Contract made out to “George Herman Ruth” includes his team as the “Boston National League Baseball Company” and the terms “$25,000 per year for a term of three years”. The second page is dated February 28, 1935 (a mere two days after the Yankees released him) and has been signed by Ruth with a very bold and dark stroke, Braves president Emil Fuchs and witnesses Samuel Silverman, F. Burton Whitman and James O’Leary. The signature has been rated a perfect Gem Mint 10 by PSA/DNA.

Lot #46 (CURRENT BID: $110,000) – The Knute Rockne Collection – Treasured personal items including Rockne’s prayer book, pocket knife and pocket watch that were on his possession on his fatal plane crash in 1931. Lot also includes items from his funeral including the prayer card and notes from the priest who gave Rockne’s eulogy. This is the first time these museum-quality items have ever been offered at auction.

Lot #20 (CURRENT BID: $90,000) – 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card SGC 86 NM+ 7.5 – Among the seven best Mantle cards ever graded by SGC.

Lot #48 (CURRENT BID: $82,000) — Michel Jordan 1998 Chicago Bulls Playoff Jersey – Worn in the 83-70 victory in Game 1 of the 1998 Eastern Conference Semifinals versus Charlotte on May 3, 1998. It was signed diagonally on the “2” on the back of the jersey immediately following the game and comes with full LOAs from the Bulls and MeiGray Group.

Lot #12 (CURRENT BID: $70,000) – 1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank PSA EX 5 – Among the top 7 graded versions of just 70 graded examples of this rare card.

Lot #21 (CURRENT BID: $62,000) – 1953 Topps #244 Willie Mays SGC 96 MINT 9 – One of just two copies of this card graded at this tier (none higher) from the 336 graded by SGC.

Lot #22 (CURRENT BID: $61,000) – 1955 Sandy Koufax #123 Topps Rookie Card SGC MINT 9 – One of just seven examples at this tier (with none graded higher) of the greatest pitcher in baseball history.

Lot #15 (CURRENT BID: $50,000)- 1933 Goudey Baseball 24-Card Uncut Sheet – Includes a mint Ruth and other Hall of Famers. All original, no restoration. This is an extremely rare – and likely unique – wide-bordered, final production uncut sheet. Although 1933 Goudey uncut sheets are made available in the hobby from time to time, most are of the much less desirable Canadian variety; very few American-issue sheets have been confirmed – let alone examples that feature a Babe Ruth depiction.

Lot #23 (CURRENT BID: $49,000) – 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente Rookie Card PSA NM-MT 8 -one of the top 15 examples from more than 3,900 graded copies of his rookie card.

Lot #81 (CURRENT BID: $48,000) 2011 NY Giants Super Bowl XLVI Player (Parker) Ring – This spectacular size 14, 92-gram, 14K ring has an extra-large oval top containing raised reliefs of four Lombardi trophies in recognition of the four Giants’ Super Bowl wins, each containing .25 marquis cut football-shaped diamonds at their tops over a bed of approximately 24 solitaire cut diamonds with a diamond studded NY Giants logo outlined in blue enamel at their base. The ring’s bezel is circled with 37 blue sapphires with the words “New York Giants 2011 World Champions running around the perimeter in raised relief; the total carat weight of 1.36 in diamonds and 1.11 in sapphires.

Lot #30 (CURRENT BID: $31,000) – Mike Piazza’s “NYPD” 9/11 Catcher’s Helmet — Emblazoned with the NYPD logo it was worn by Piazza on September 21, 2001, during the first sporting event held in New York after 9/11 – better known as the game he hit the most memorable home run in Mets history. The game marked the first time in which players were allowed to wear a hat or helmet that was not associated with his respective team, thus adding to the significance of this item. On the blue brim is Piazza’s bold signature in silver marker. It comes with an LOA from The MeiGray Group. There is also a Steiner hologram on the underside of the brim which certifies the autograph. 50% of the buyer’s premium will be donated to Tuesday’s Children.

Lot #33 (CURRENT BID: $31,000) – Larry Bird 1980-81 Rookie Season Celtics Jersey – Features clubhouse repairs and shows extensive game use. The repaired “3” on the jersey’s front enabled it to be matched to a photo of Bird from the February 27, 1981 win over the Atlanta Hawks. This great Bird gamer from his very first championship season comes with a LOA from The MeiGray Group.

Lot #37 (CURRENT BID: $30,000) – Babe Ruth’s Final “Farewell Letter” to Yankees owner Dan Topping – Written the day after Babe Ruth Day, this 7.25″ x 10″ letter on “Babe Ruth” personal stationery is dated June 14, 1948. The signature is in blue fountain pen, and grades (“9/10”).  The letter has the usual folds, has some light staining near the top edge, and is matted with glue to a black construction paper background. This item comes with a full LOA from PSA/DNA.

Lot #39 (CURRENT BID: $30,000) – PSA-10 GEM MINT graded 11″ x 14″ Babe Ruth Signed and Inscribed Photo – Featured in the “BABE RUTH LIFETIME OF PICTURES AND LETTER”, scrap-book that was filled with pictures, newspaper columns, and letters of well wishes and press materials presented to Babe’s wife Claire by the Yankees after his death. The photo presents, quite possibly, Ruth’s boldest black fountain signature ever, and reads “With best wishes From Babe Ruth.” It is possibly the largest single-signed Ruth signed photo extant, making it one of the greatest Babe Ruth signed photographs to ever go to auction. This comes with a full LOA from PSA/DNA.

Lot #4 (CURRENT BID: $28,000) – 1947 Ted Williams Game Used Bat – From his second Triple Crown season this bat is graded PSA/DNA GU 9 & MEARS 9.5.

Lot #42 (CURRENT BID: $26,000) – 1956 Stan Musial Game Worn Cardinals Jersey – That season the Cardinals deviated from their trademark “two birds on bat” jersey design and produced this one-year only version. The bat disappeared and a lone cardinal migrated to the left sleeve where he was modified to have a much fiercer look than the docile pair that previously perched on the fronts of the old jerseys. A refreshed script Cardinals” arches across the chest in red on navy felt. Graded a MEARS 9.5.
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  • Session 1 (Lots 0-100) closes for Internet Bidding Thursday, August 4th at 1pm Eastern
  • Live Auction reopens for Bidding in Person, Internet Live Streaming / Bidding & Phone Bidding
    Thursday, August 4th at 7:30pm Eastern

We have a limited number of phone lines available for reservation, so contact us today to ensure your reserved line. The ability to reserve a line will be reviewed strictly on a first-come, first-serve basis. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, call us at (856) 767-8550 or email us at prior to Tuesday, August 2nd @ 4pm Eastern.

Reserved lines are subject to being filled for your particular lots, therefore we ask you to put in your request as early as possible to guarantee your reserved line.

How to bid during the ‘Live’ Auction

Online Pre Bidding (recommended)
All bidders can register and log in to our website at Once you are logged in, bids can be placed on any live auction lots as well as any of our internet/catalog lots. You can place a straight bid or a maximum bid. A maximum bid will allow our automated system to keep bidding in increments until the lot has reached your maximum bid amount at which point an email will be sent to you informing you that you have been outbid. We suggest using the maximum bid method, especially during our live auction. This will ensure your maximum bid will be placed for any ‘live’ lots and as a bidder you will not have to be concerned with the live action. Please note that online pre bidding will end 1 pm Eastern Thursday, August 4th (10 am Pacific). All high bids after pre bidding closes will be the minimum bid once the live event opens at 7:30 pm Eastern Thursday, August 4th, 2016. If there are zero new bids on a lot during the live auction,
the highest pre bid will be declared the winner.

Live Streaming/ Live Bidding
All bidders can participate in the live auction through live streaming on our website. During the live auction we will have a live feed of the auctioneer and all bids and lots. Registered bidders will be able to bid on lots in real time. Any online bids will be relayed to the auctioneer immediately and will be part of the live bidding process for that lot. Live streaming bidders will be on an even playing field with bidders that are physically present at the live auction.

To access the live streaming please log into your account at 30 minutes prior to the live event start.
Click ‘current auction’ on the Home Page and once there, a ‘Live Auction’ icon at the top of the page will appear asking you to join the live auction. Once you click on the ‘Live Auction’ icon, a second window will appear with live streaming of the auctioneer and current auction results.

Absentee/ Phone Bidding
Telephone Bidding: Bidders may participate in the live event over the telephone with a Goldin Auctions representative. Please contact Goldin Auctions at (856) 767-8550 or to provide a list of lot numbers you would like to bid on and at least two phone numbers where you can be reached during the bidding process. Goldin Auctions cannot guarantee the availability of phone lines for reservations made after 8/2/16. If you cannot attend our live auction in person or online, we highly suggest you take advantage of this service.

Attending the Live Auction
If you wish to attend the live event please contact us as soon as possible. Space is extremely limited and by invitation only. In order to attend the live auction you must be approved for a minimum of $25,000 in credit with our company. Please call (856) 767-8550 to ask for a raise in your credit limit.

All starting bids for the live event will begin at the highest pre bid amount recorded as of Thursday, 8/4/16 1pm Eastern 10am Pacific.

Auctioneer may occasionally experience internet or service outages and may periodically schedule system maintenance and other purposes, during which bidders cannot participate or place bids. If such outages occur, we may at our discretion extend bidding for the auction. Bidders unable to place bids through the internet should contact our offices at (856) 767-8550 or

For more information about the Live Auction Event please click here to view the Live Rules for the auction.

“The National Sports Collector’s Convention is the biggest event in the sports memorabilia industry and our annual auction has become the place for serious collectors to bid upon some of the most unique and valuable sports memorabilia,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We are especially proud of the items we are offering this year, as many are reaching the auction block for the first time. It will be exciting to see the response and feel the energy in the room as record prices are set.”



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