When the Gavel dropped on the Goldin Auctions October Legends Auction, the total proceeds topped $16 Million, a figure never before that had been eclipsed in the Online Sports Memorabilia Auction Industry from single auction event. Topping the list of most valuable items was the T-206 Honus Wagner card in Lot #1 which sold for $1,426,800 setting a new All-time record for a Honus Wagner T-206 card in the respective grade by PSA. In addition to the record bid price on the famed Honus Wagner, another very iconic basketball rookie card of Michel Jordan has also toppled the record. The red, white and blue 1986 Fleer issue featuring Jordan sold for the price including premium of $124,230, setting a new auction record for this popular card.
Other notable sales were the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle that sold for a staggering sum of $584,250. A new record for the most expensive Soccer card of All time was also set with a sale of $295,200 on a 1958 Alifabolaget Pele rookie card graded a PSA MINT 9 and a 1986 Fleer Basketball set containing Michael Jordan’s rookie card also set a new record price $224,300.
“For the past several years my goal has been to increase the both the user base of Goldin Auctions, as well as grow the business for the entire industry,” says Ken Goldin, founder and CEO of Goldin Auctions. “We have seen a tremendous increase in both the number of collectors in the hobby as well as a tremendous growth in our user base at Goldin Auctions. Our October Legends clearly demonstrates this as it was not only the highest grossing auction in the history of online sports auctions at $16 million, but also registered the most bids ever recorded at Goldin Auctions, as well as the most bidders and the most unique winners.”
Goldin also explained, “I would like to thank all of our consignors who contributed tremendous product to the auction, and all of our bidders, not only for their support during this auction, but during all of 2020 which has seen us put up an unprecedented run of five consecutive auctions which have each generated in excess of $10 million in sales.”
Goldin Auctions is currently seeking consignments for our Holiday Auction being held in December and our next Goldin Elite auction in January. To get into the auction you can consign by emailing an image and description of your items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Goldin Auctions 2020 October Legends Auction Session 1 also featured the Cal Ripken Jr. personal collection that included game used items and memorabilia from the career of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. from his first little league uniform, to his early days as a Baltimore Oriole, to items from his historic consecutive game streak, 3,000th hit, 400th home run, World Series Championship, retirement and more. The collection brought in over $1.2 Million in total revenue and a portion of all his items sold will benefit the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
The Highlighted sales from the Ripken collection was the Jersey worn by Cal for his final game of his 2632 consecutive game streak that fetched $184,500, the jersey worn by Cal for his Major League Debut sold for $123,000 and the bat used by Ripken in the 1st inning of his record breaking 2131 consecutive game brought in $124,230.
Session 1 which closed on Saturday Night consisted of Lots 1 – 417 and Session II Consists of Lots 418-1923 and closed on Sunday November 1st
Lot #1: 1909-11 T206 White Border Honus Wagner – PSA PR-FR 1 – The Collecting Hobby’s Most Celebrated Rarity! – SOLD $1,426,800 *New Record – This is one of the very few collectibles on earth for which no explanatory description is required. The mere sight of a T206 Wagner is sufficient to provoke an unbelievably pleasant sensation, unique to each individual, within the emotional core of a baseball enthusiast. Graded PR-FR 1 by PSA, one of just three dozen copies across all levels to merit fully graded, numerical authentication by that company.
Lot #2: 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle – PSA NM-MT 8 – An Incredibly Well-Centered Specimen! – SOLD $584,250 – Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, in his most revered Rookie Card appearance. This outstanding card delivers condition to match its mystique. This example puts forth tremendous visual appeal and reflects strong Near Mint to Mint condition.
Lot #3: 2005/06 UD “Exquisite Collection” Logoman Autographed Patches Dual #DLA-JP Michael Jordan/Scottie Pippen Dual-Signed Logoman Game Used Patch Card (#1/1) – SOLD $295,200 PSA Authentic – Encapsulated and assessed “Authentic” by PSA. Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, this is a commemorative that honors one of the most esteemed pairings in sport, a duo that challenges Ruth/Gehrig or Montana/Rice in terms of prestige and importance.
Lot #4: 2011 Bowman Chrome (Superfractors) #175 Mike Trout Rookie Card (#1/1) – PSA GEM MT 10 – SOLD $221,400 – Presented here is a truly stellar collectible, featuring the Angels star Mike Trout, who is widely regarded as the greatest baseball player of his generation. This card is graded GEM MT 10 by PSA. Trout’s rookie card is one of the most widely pursued debut-year collectibles of our time. The wholly unique, limited-edition piece is serial-numbered “1/1.”
Lot #6: 2003/04 Topps Chrome (Gold Refractors) #111 LeBron James Rookie Card (#37/50) – BGS GEM MINT 9.5 SOLD $319,800* This LeBron James Rookie Card projects the highest levels of physical enchantment and emotional resonance. The current market for the most elite LeBron James commemoratives places the selling prices for items of this caliber at the seven-figure level, and this Gold Refractor’s attributes merit highly favorable comparison against any counterpart. The card’s BGS condition report: Centering: 9, Corners: 9.5, Edges: 9.5, Surface: 9.5. The exclusive, limited-edition piece is serial-numbered “37/50.” A super-premium, debut-year collectible of an indomitable competitor, in Gem Mint condition.
Lot #10: Cal Ripken, Jr. Game Used & Photo Matched Consecutive Game #2632 (All-Time Record) Baltimore Orioles Home Jersey Used 9/19/1998 (Ripken LOA & Sports Investors Authentication) SOLD $184,500 Cal Ripken, Jr. wore this jersey to play in his 2,632nd consecutive game, the final one of his record-setting streak. To say this jersey is a museum-worthy artifact would be an understatement; in fact, it has spent the past 22 years as the cornerstone of an exhibit about Cal in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Lot #73: 1958 Alifabolaget #635 Pele Rookie Card – PSA MINT 9 SOLD $295,200* Highest Priced Soccer Card of All Time – Graded MINT 9 by PSA. National Soccer Hall of Fame and International Football Hall of Fame enshrinee, in a coveted Rookie Card appearance. This is one of just five examples at its tier (with none graded higher) among a total of more than fifty copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting. A truly exceptional, Swedish-issue collectible, this Pelé Rookie Card displays four razor-sharp corners and a clean, pristine surface. Its illustration is a rich, colorful and vibrant portrait of the 17-year-old soccer prodigy.
Lot #74: 1961/62 Fleer Basketball Unopened Wax Box (24 Packs) – BBCE Certified Includes Chamberlain Rookie on top of pack! – SOLD: $221,400* – A complete and intact, counter-sales box of a treasured, vintage product is presented. The offered display box, and its 24 unopened 5¢ wax packs of 1961/62 Fleer basketball cards, are specialty items of wondrous importance. Any of the packs could contain Mint condition specimens of such coveted star and rookie cards as #’s 1 Attles, 3 Baylor, 8 Chamberlain, 10 Cousy, 19 Heinsohn, 34 Pettit, 36 Robertson, 38 Russell, 43 West, 47 Chamberlain IA, 49 Cousy IA, 61 Robertson IA, 62 Russell IA, 66 West IA and others.
Lot #85: 2005 SP Authentic “NFL Logo Patches” #252 Aaron Rodgers Signed Game Used Patch Rookie Card (#1/1) – BGS GEM MINT 9.5/BGS 10….SOLD $234,930 Encapsulated and graded GEM MINT 9.5 by BGS, with signature graded “10” by Beckett. Rookie Card. Here’s an inspiring collectible marking the debut of the Super Bowl Champion and two-time MVP. Rodgers’ outstanding, blue ink signature graces the obverse of this elite, limited-edition trading card. Its cardfront presentation also incorporates a lustrous and beautifully embroidered “NFL Logo” patch relic from a jersey worn by Rodgers in an official NFL game.
Lot #94: 2017 Panini National Treasures Black #161 Patrick Mahomes Signed Patch Rookie Card (#4/5) – BGS MINT 9/BGS 10 – SOLD $236,160* Highest Price Paid for Any Football Card Made Post 1965 – The cardfront presentation also incorporates a multi-colored, event-worn jersey patch relic, a particularly desirable example that features elements of the AFC logo. The card’s BGS condition report: Centering: 9.5, Corners: 9, Edges: 8.5, Surface: 9.5. A statement on the card’s back attests to the authenticity of the signature and the genuineness of the patch component and serves as Panini’s COA. The limited-edition piece is serial-numbered “4/5.” Alluring Mint condition.
Lot #99: 1986/87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card – PSA GEM MT 10 – SOLD $124,230* New Record! – Michael Jordan is seen here in the highest grade acknowledged by PSA, a distinction that less than two percent of all the examples ever submitted are qualified to claim. The offered card is clearly a pack-fresh example, with impeccable centering and superb color.
Lot #84: 2003-04 “Ultimate Collection” #127 LeBron James Signed Rookie Card (#042/250) – BGS PRISTINE/Black Label 10/Auto 10 – SOLD $344,400* New Record for LeBron Ultimate Collection Rookie Card – Encapsulated and graded PRISTINE 10/Black Label 10 by BGS, with signature graded “10” by Beckett, this is a LeBron James Rookie Card. An extraordinary debut-year tribute collectible is presented. Encapsulated and graded PRISTINE 10/Black Label 10 by BGS, with signature graded “10” by Beckett. Rookie Card. An extraordinary debut-year tribute collectible is presented. A peerless example, in Black Label Pristine condition.
Lot #75: 1979/80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Unopened Wax Box (48 Packs) – BBCE Certified – SOLD $107,010
Wayne Gretzky’s rookie year! This highly displayable counter-sales box contains 48 unopened, 20¢ wax packs of the blue-bordered classic that showcased the mega-star’s first appearance, as well as such luminaries as #’s 175 Howe, 185 Hull and loads of valuable Team and Leaders cards.
Lot #76: 1986/87 Fleer Basketball PSA GEM MT 10 Complete Set (132) – SOLD $224,300* Record Sale Price for a 1986/87 Fleer Complete Set – Each 1986/87 Fleer basketball card has been graded GEM MT 10 by PSA, one of only 19 fully-graded PSA GEM MT 10 sets on the PSA Set Registry. This 132-complete set of 1986/87 Fleer basketball cards, highlighted by #57 Michael Jordan’s rookie card in unimprovable PSA GEM MT 10 condition.
Lot #80: 1997-98 Metal Universe “Precious Metal Gems” Red #23 Michael Jordan (#056/100) – BGS NM-MT+ 8.5 – SOLD $233,400 *New Record, Highest Price Paid for Red PMG Card – Graded NM-MT+ 8.5 by BGS. Hall of Famer Michael Jordan on this desirable, high-grade collectible. Jordan’s fierce, game-action demeanor is highlighted with uncommon brilliance by a dazzling red background that surrounds the star’s image. The card’s BGS condition report: Centering 9.5, Corners 8.5, Edges 8.5, Surface 9. The exclusive, limited-edition piece is serial-numbered “056/100.”
Lot #88: 2009/10 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor #101 Stephen Curry Rookie Card (#26/50) – BGS GEM MINT 9.5 – SOLD $172,200* Graded GEM MINT 9.5 by BGS. A distinguished Rookie Card. The card’s ideally balanced BGS condition report: Centering: 9.5, Corners: 9.5, Edges: 9.5, Surface: 9.5. The limited-edition piece is serial-numbered “26/50.” Gem Mint condition.
Lot #108: 2013/14 “National Treasures” #130 Giannis Antetokounmpo Signed Jersey Rookie Card (#65/99) – BGS MINT 9/BGS 10 – SOLD $124,230.00* Highest Price Paid for Giannis Antetokounmpo National Treasures RPA /99
Lot #887: 2004-05 Panini “Mega Cracks” Third Edition Wax Box (36 Packs) – Possible Messi Rookie Cards! SOLD $31,980* Highest Price Paid for Box of Soccer Cards
This is an intact Panini Espana 2004/05 “Mega Cracks” counter-sales box that retains its full complement of 36 unopened packs, each containing 6 cards. Potential contents of this third edition box include Lionel Messi’s Rookie Card, as well as collectibles of such stars as Ronaldo, Beckham and Ronaldinho.
Lot #1834: 2011 Roger Federer Match Used & Signed Tennis Racket Used At The 2011 French Open Finals Vs. Rafael Nadal (Agent LOA & Beckett) – SOLD $55,350 *Most Expensive Match Used Racket
Offered here is an incredible piece of tennis history, a red and white Wilson Sixone tour tennis racquet that was signed in black Sharpie by Roger Federer and comes with exceptional provenance, from Federer’s Agent Anthony L. Godsick from IMG attributing the racquet to use by Federer during this historic French Open finale.
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. In the August 2020 Auction, Goldin Auctions sold a 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects #BDPP89 Mike Trout (Superfractors) Signed Rookie Card (#1/1) for a public sale record of $3.84 million and the 2003-04 UD “Exquisite Collection” Rookie Patch Autograph (RPA) #78 LeBron James Signed Rookie Card (#02/99) for $1.1 million, plus the previous public sale record holder the Honus Wagner T206 card for $3.12 million, a 2013-14 National Treasures Horizontal (RPA) #130 Giannis Antetokounmpo Signed NBA Logoman Patch Rookie Card (#1/1) – BGS MINT 9/BGS 10 for $1.85 million – a basketball card record, Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract for a record $1.02 million, 2009 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout Prospects Red Refractor – BGS 9.5 for $922,500 the record for a Modern Baseball Card, several 2003-04 Exquisite LOGOMAN Cards featuring LeBron James for $900,000 the record for any Basketball card, 2003-04 LeBron James Game Used Rookie Jersey for $392,500 the highest paid for a LeBron James Rookie Jersey, 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 www.goldinauctions.com.