Fresh off its successful Great American Trading Card Auction in which they sold the most expensive trading card ever, the Goldin Auctions October Legends Auction offers an eclectic mix of rare and unique sports, history, pop-culture and entertainment memorabilia. Some of the one-of-a-kind museum-quality items include: the 1894 original proposal for the first modern Olympic Games; John F. Kennedy’s personal rocking chair from Air Force One; Howard Hughes’ love letters; the glove and cleats worn by Bill Buckner in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series; and 10 lots of Tupac Shakur memorabilia including a four-page hand-written essay he wrote in prison just a month before his death. The auction closes this Saturday, October 29, at www.GoldinAuctions.com.
“This auction is one of the most unique and eclectic auction we have ever conducted and no matter what you collect there is something here for you,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “In addition to a great assortment of rare historical artifacts that are being offered at auction for the first-time, we have also assembled one of our deepest offerings of sports trading cards and game used memorabilia.”
Here’s a look at some of the marquee items and the current bid (as of Oct 27 at 9 am ET). For a look at the complete catalog, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com.
Lot #3 – Hand-written Proposal for the Olympic Games – Written by Frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the museum-quality document, which has been authenticated by PSA/DNA became the blueprint for the modern Olympic Games. Measuring approximately 8″ x 10″, this folded double-sided document was handwritten and signed by de Coubertin and dated 30 January 1894. A grey embossed “Comite International Olympique 1894” stamp has been affixed to the lower portion of the last page. (CURRENT BID: $360,000)
Lot #114 – 1952 Topps Baseball Near Master Set – Rated #11 on the PSA registry, this full graded set includes 488/490 cards. (CURRENT BID: $100,000)
Lot #14 – Michael Jordan 1997-98 Game-Worn and Signed Bulls Black Road Jersey – Worn on Nov. 7, 1997 versus the Atlanta Hawks. (CURRENT BID: $62,000)
Lot #2 – 1956 Stan Musial Game-used and Signed Cardinals home jersey – the finest one known (MEARS A10 PSA/DNA). (CURRENT BID: $60,000)
Lot #22 – President John F. Kennedy Rocking Chair from Air Force One – The chair was gifted by Jackie to brother-in-law and “Rat Packer” Peter Lawford. The chair, manufactured by the P&P Company of Asheboro, NC measures approximately 44 inches in height and 27 inches at its widest, the woven seat 22 x 17 inches. (CURRENT BID: $60,000)
Lot #323 – 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card SGC 84 NM7 (CURRENT BID: $46,000)
Lot #341 – 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente Rookie Card PSA NM-MT (CURRENT BID: $40,000)
Lot #19 – Bill Bucker’s 1986 World Series Glove – Worn by Buckner in one of the most famous plays in baseball history when Mookie Wilson’s grounder went through his legs. The glove was gifted by Buckner to famed collector Barry Halper, and the back of the fingers are signed “To My Pal Barry, Best Wishes Bill Buckner”. The glove comes with a letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA while the cleats include a full LOA from MEARS. (CURRENT BID: $40,000).
Lot #21 – Bill Buckner’s Nike High Top Cleats – Worn in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. (CURRENT BID: $4,500)
Lot #1356 – 1997-98 Tim Duncan Rookie Season Game Worn and Photo-matched Spurs Black Road Jersey (CURRENT BID: $19,000)
Lot #681 – 1921-31 Babe Ruth Game Used H&B Bat – Comes with a MEARS LOA. (CURRENT BID: $18,000)
Lots #34-43 – Tupac Shakur Collection – Headlined by a remarkable four-page handwritten essay Tupac wrote from his prison cell in 1995 to Nina Bhadreshwar at Deathrow Records. The handwritten letter tells his story to America’s Youth. In it, the rapper reflects on the story of his past, present and future. A little over a month after sending the letter, he was murdered in a Las Vegas drive-by-shooting. (CURRENT BID: $18,000)
Lot#69 – Muhammad Ali Fight Word Gloves from his 1980 fight versus Larry Holmes (CURRENT BID: $16,000)
Lot #13 – 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Signed Complete Set – Includes 132 cards plus a complete 11-card sticker set – all PSA/DNA authentic. (CURRENT BID: $16,000)
Lot #8 – 1947 Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel Signed Original Flamingo Hotel Stock Certificate – The famed crime boss signed this Nevada Project Corporation Stock Certificate in his legal name (Benjamin Siegel) in black pen above the “President” line on the bottom right of the document. The date printed on the document is July 26, 1946. Siegel formed the Nevada Project Corporation to muscle out his partnership with Billy Wilkerson after the original opening of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, which opened on December 26, 1946, was a flop. (CURRENT BID: $16,000)
Lot #16 – 2001 Mark Messier NY Rangers Game Work & Signed Jersey – Less than a month after the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01, the Rangers’ captain wore this jersey for the home opener of the 2001-02 NHL Season.The specially designed jersey had “New York” as opposed to “Rangers” across the jersey front and a commemorative 9/11 patch. It is signed on the back by Messier and comes with LOA’s from MeiGray and the Rangers. (CURRENT BID: $15,000)
Lot #559 – 2000 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Ring – From rookie OL Sammie Williams with presentation box. (CURRENT BID: $15,000)
Lot #4 – Complete Collection of 27 NY Yankees World Series Clinching Game Tickets (1923-2009) – all encapsulated and graded by PSA. (CURRENT BID: $12,000)
Lot #24 – 1960-61 Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA Contract in which the young star was paid $50,000 by the Philadelphia Warriors. Signed by both Eddie Gottlieb, the team owner, and Chamberlain, it comes with a full LOA from PSA/DNA. (CURRENT BID: $11,000)
Lot #9 – Howard Hughes Love Letter Collection – 17 “love letters” from the tumultuous three-year love affair between up and coming director/producer/playboy Howard Hughes and the wildly successful starlet Billie Dove. A total of 17 individual LOAs from PSA/DNA will accompany this collection. (CURRENT BID: $10,000)
Lot #11 – Michael Jordan Rookie season (1984-85) Nike Sneakers (CURRENT BID: $9,000)