Goldin Auctions 2020 October Legends Auction is now open for bidding features the Cal Ripken Jr. personal collection that includes the sale of some of the most prized possessions from the personal collection of Baltimore Orioles Baseball Hall of Famer. The two-session auction will be open until October 31st and November 1st and will also include one of the world’s rarest and most distinguished paper heirlooms – a 1909-11 T-206 Honus Wagner card that is expected to handily eclipse $1 million.
The Cal Ripken, Jr. collection features game used items and memorabilia from the incredible and unparalleled career of Cal Ripken, Jr. from his first little league uniform, to his early days as an Oriole, to items from his historic consecutive game streak, 3,000th hit, 400th home run, World Series Championship, retirement and more. A portion of all his items sold will benefit the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
“It is an honor to get the opportunity to work once again with Cal Ripken, Jr.,” said Goldin Auctions Founder and CEO Ken Goldin. “He is one of the most loved and important icons in American sports history and his on and off the field accomplishments are second to none. This collection is one of the most significantly important collections ever to come to auction of a modern baseball player.”
Cal Ripken, Jr. states: “Over the last year I have had the chance to explore my collection and it amazed me how many unique items I was able to compile throughout my career. With the celebration of the 25th anniversary of 2131 still fresh in my mind, I thought this would be a great time to share some of them with other collectors and lovers of baseball. It will also raise funds for our work with kids under the Foundation named for my Dad.”
T-206 Wagner cards seldom surface, appearing once every few years at best, and each one’s discovery constitutes a newsworthy occasion. The item’s iconic design features a portrait of Baseball Hall of Famer Honus Wagner on the front, with his image revealed against a bold orange, contrasting background. The reverse carries an advertisement for “Sweet Caporal” cigarettes, a well-known brand at the time of the card’s production. Wagner’s likeness was removed from production early in the card promotion’s run, and is consequently a great rarity now, more than a century later. Barely 50 copies have been confirmed to exist and just 33 examples have been professionally graded or validated as authentic by PSA.
“Although news accounts of our company’s record-breaking, seven-figure prices realized for modern cards now occur on a monthly, or even weekly basis, our success in the vintage field remains as impressive as ever,” Goldin states. “Our unmatched expertise in all cards, old and new, along with the hobby’s best marketing and promotional capabilities, ensures the very best results.”
The 2020 October Legends auction features over 1900 lots of high-end cards and memorabilia and is expected to be the highest revenue producing auction in Goldin Auctions history. There are several collections in addition to the Cal Ripken, Jr that include memorabilia from the Yankees championships, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Bronko Nagurski, Nick Anderson and items from Mickey Mantle’s childhood.
- Lot #1: 1909-11 T206 White Border Honus Wagner – PSA PR-FR 1 – The Collecting Hobby’s Most Celebrated Rarity! – 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! – 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 #4: 2011 Bowman Chrome (Superfractors) #175 Mike Trout Rookie Card (#1/1) – PSA GEM MT 10 – 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 #5: 1968 Topps #177 Nolan Ryan Rookie Card – SGC 98 GEM 10 “1 of 2!” – Graded 98 GEM 10 (“GEM MT 10” equivalent) by SGC. Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is in his Rookie Card appearance. Presented is the cherished debut card of the youthful future pitching legend. SGC’s careful scrutiny has affirmed only one other, equivalent copy of this depiction at the Gem Mint level, and PSA has acknowledged just one “GEM MT 10” specimen. Clearly, this is one of the finest Ryan rookies in the hobby!
YANKEE CHAMPIONSHIP COLLECTION
- Lot #1321: 1998 New York Yankees World Series Trophy Presented To Orlando Hernandez – Presented is an actual Yankees championship Commissioner’s trophy presented to Yankee pitcher Orlando Hernandez. This trophy was awarded to the Yankee pitcher following the 1998 Fall Classic.
- Lot #1317: 2009 New Yankees Stadium Oversized Tabletop Model on 52×49” Base – Exact To Scale Replica with Functioning LED Lights Constructed by Artist Steve Wolf – Presented here is one of the premier New York Yankees collectibles ever offered. Famed artist Steve Wolf has meticulously handcrafted this large replica of the new Yankee Stadium. This model sits on a custom 50 ½ x 48 x 30-inch wood table with 860 LEDs incorporated into the design. This impressive lot comes with a LOA from the artist Steve Wolf.
- Lot #1325: 2009 New York Yankees Full Size 24″ World Series Commissioner’s Trophy – This glorious trophy design is the end result of the season that welcomed the new Yankee Stadium with the franchise’s 27th World Series title. Approximately 24 inches tall, 13 inches in diameter and weighing more than 30 pounds, less than a handful of these impressive trophies were created for the Yankees’ ownership to display.
MICKEY MANTLE CHILDHOOD COLLECTION
- Lot #1305: 1949 Mickey Mantle Signed Commerce High School Senior Yearbook (JSA) – This is a 1949 Mickey Mantle signed Commerce (Oklahoma) High School senior yearbook. The Hall of Fame New York Yankees centerfielder inscribed “Mick Mantle” in block letters in black ink on page seven of his alma mater’s yearbook, over his portrait.
- Lot #1298: Mickey Mantle Original 3×4″ Grammar School Photo – The Earliest Professional Mickey Mantle Studio Photograph! – This is a Mickey Mantle original grammar school photograph. The 2¼ x 3½-inch black and white portrait captures the youthful boy, recognizable even at that age as a charming character, in a dark open-collared shirt with light t-shirt, a broad smile and slicked-down hair with a part on the left. The earliest known professional Mickey Mantle studio photograph.
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.