With historic items from legends like Sandy Koufax, Muhammad Ali, Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan and Mike Trout, the Goldin Auctions 2018 Spring Premium Live & Catalog/Online Auction is sure to get the attention of collectors when 629 lots of sports, entertainment and historical artifacts hit the auction block on April 9. The 53 premium lots will be sold at a live auction on April 28 at the NYY Steakhouse in New York City with an additional 570+ lots up for bids at GoldinAuctions.com, through May 5.
“By offering this historic Koufax jersey, Ali’s most important fight robe, DiMaggio last World Series bat, ten lots of Jordan game worn jerseys and sneakers among the 629 lots, this is surely an auction with the focus more on quality than quantity,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We look forward to an active month of online bidding and a record-breaking night in New York City on April 28.”
The auction is open for bidding at GoldinAuctions.com. Here’s a look at some of the marquee items:
- Lot #19 – 1963 Sandy Koufax Game Used & Signed LA Dodgers Road Jersey Cy Young Season (MEARS 9.5 & Beckett) – Koufax donned this classic Dodgers road flannel jersey during that magical summer of 1963 in which he earned N.L. Cy Young and MVP Awards. The Rawlings gray road jersey has a Rawlings size 44 label sewn in the lower left front tail and “Koufax 63” is chain stitched below in blue thread. Koufax signed the jersey above the label in blue marker, adding “1963 W.S. Champs.” For a recent comparison, a 1955 Koufax game-worn jersey recently sold for $667,000.
- Lot #4- 1951 Joe DiMaggio Game Used Hillerich & Bradsby D29L Model World Series Bat (PSA/DNA GU 10) – A scarce style of bat with impeccable provenance, used by the most graceful player to ever step foot in a ballpark. This bat comes with a LOA from PSA/DNA who have graded this bat a perfect GU10 and an LOA from MEARS, grading this bat a near-perfect A9.5 for the game use as well as the signed letter of provenance from former Yankees batboy Joe Carrieri. Carrieri wrote in his book about receiving this bat from DiMaggio who retrieved the bat from his locker, which still had his effects from the World Series, indicating the bat was in his locker during the 1951 World Series against the Giants.
- Lot #41 – 1965 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Robe from Ali- Liston 2 – Although the fight was a rematch with Liston, it would be the first time Ali would enter the ring under the name Muhammad Ali and as a result he had it proudly emblazoned across the back of the white robe in red lettering. The historic fight is best remembered for the “phantom punch” and the famed Neil Leifer photo of Ali standing above the defeated Liston. The historical significance of this robe is tremendous, not just for its link to one of the greatest fights in boxing history, but also for the cultural impact Ali’s religious beliefs made when he donned this robe and told the world he was now Muhammad Ali. It comes with a notarized letter of provenance from John Pradella who was gifted the robe immediately after the fight by Angelo Dundee and a LOA from noted boxing expert Craig Hamilton.
- Lot #26 – 1934 Babe Ruth Signed Yankees Player Contract PSA/DNA -Babe’s last Yankees contract is stamped “JAN 16 1934” on its cover and dated “Jan’y 15th” on the interior signature page. The contract notes his 1934 salary as “$35,000.00.” The contract is signed on the interior page “George H. Ruth” in strong black fountain pen. Co-signing are Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and general manager Ed Barrow. The 1934 season, in which he hit .288 with 22 homers turned out to be the Babe’s final with the Yankees.
- Lot #3 – 1929-30 Babe Ruth Game Used Louisville Slugger R34 Bat – Bone Rubbed (PSA/DNA GU 10) – This fresh-find being offered for sale for the first-time dates to the prime of Ruth’s career. PSA/DNA has dated it to Ruth’s tremendous 1929-1930 seasons. The center brand is the C-5B variation that was used on bats ordered between 1928 and 1931. To further narrow the dates, the weight of the bat corresponds to those ordered by Ruth in 1929-1930. There are two distinct characteristics found on Ruth game used bats that are present on this bat: left barrel contact area and scoring to the handle and barrel. Green paint streaks from bat trays can be seen on its barrel and “Yankees 1930” has been hand written in vintage fountain pen above the center brand.
- Lot #33 – 1984-85 Michael Jordan Game Used Rookie Season Bulls Road Jersey (MEARS A8) – Offered is one of the finest examples of a rookie Michael Jordan game used Bulls jersey. This size 42 Rawlings all mesh red road jersey comes with a detailed letter of authenticity from the game used experts at MEARS, who have graded this Michael Jordan rookie jersey a solid A8. In all, seven lots featuring Jordan game-worn jerseys and three lots of Jordan game-worn sneakers are up for bids.
- Lot #7 – 2011 Mike Trout MLB Debut Bat Used for Many Career Firsts -Presented here is a truly remarkable and potentially historic piece of memorabilia. This Old Hickory J143 model bat was used by Trout during many of the “MLB firsts” of his ever-progressing Hall of Fame career including: his debut game; first hit; his first career RBI; and his first extra base hit. The game used experts at PSA/DNA have photo matched it to six games, including the historic “firsts” previously mentioned (July 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17). This bat itself displays outstanding use and in un-cracked and comes with a full and detailed LOA from PSA/DNA and has been given a perfect grade of GU 10. Included in this LOA from PSA/DNA are six separate photo matches of Trout using the bat.
- Lot #2 – 1968 Willie Mays Game Used & Signed Giants Home Jersey (MEARS A9.5 & Beckett) – Although 1968 was known as the year of the pitcher, the 37-year-old Mays batted.289 with 23 homers to bring his career total to 587. The jersey comes with an LOA from the game used experts at MEARS for the game use and has been graded a near-perfect A9.5. Included with the MEARS LOA are the working notes of Dave Grob and an LOA from Dick Dobbins of San Francisco Giants Memorabilia. There is also a LOA from Steve Grad of Beckett Authentication for the signature.
- Lot #1 – 2017 Aaron Judge Game Used, Signed, Inscribed and Photo Matched Two Home Run AJ992 Model Bat from Record-Setting Home Runs #28 & #29 – During his spectacular Rookie of the Year season, Judge used this bat to tie DiMaggio’s Yankees rookie home run record on July 4-5 versus Toronto. Home run #28 traveled 456 ft. and dented the Frank’s Hot Dog Sign in center field. Judge hit #29 the following afternoon to tie DiMaggio’s rookie home run record. Judge has signed the barrel in silver pen adding “2017 Game Used Rookie HR Record RoY.” The historically important bat comes with a LOA from PSA/DNA who have graded this bat a near-perfect GU 9.5 and have photo matched this bat. There is also a MLB Authenticated hologram for the game use and a LOA from Anderson Authentics for the signature.
- Lot #21 – World’s Finest Jackie Robinson Single Signed Baseball Dated 8-28-66 (PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10) – This ball is especially significant in that Jackie’s signature is found on the sweet spot, as opposed to the side panel as was his custom. The C.S.G. Official League ball has been signed “Best Wishes Jackie Robinson 8-28-66” in crisp black pen. The signature is a perfect PSA/DNA graded GEM MINT 10
- Lot #37 – 2015 LeBron James NBA Finals & Eastern Conference Finals Game Used Jersey (NBA/MeiGray) -Offered here is James’ jersey from the 2015 NBA Finals and Eastern Conference Finals in his return to Cleveland season. James wore the jersey for a half during Games 1 and 2 of the conference finals and the second halves of both Game 1 and Game 2 of the NBA Finals. James finished with a career Finals-high of 44 points in Game 1, and a triple-double in the second half of Game 2. This is one of the best James game used jerseys ever offered, and it comes with an NBA/MeiGray Group LOA.
- Lot #40 – 1990-91 Wayne Gretzky Game Used & Signed LA Kings Home Jersey (Gretzky LOA, Team LOA, MeiGray) – This Kings home jersey dates to the 1990-1991 season in which Gretzky led the NHL in points and assists, earning him the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and his ninth Art Ross Trophy. The Great One has signed the right chest of this Kings home jersey in black marker, adding his number “99.” Comes with an LOA from MeiGray for the game use and signed 1991-dated letters of provenance from Gretzky, James Fox and Peter Demers of the Kings, authenticating game use and Gretzky’s signature.
- Lot #54 – Dave Bing’s Personal NBA’s 50 Great Players Autographed Lithograph – A rare opportunity to own one of these famed lithographs presented to one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996. It is hand-numbered 1/1 Bing to indicate it as Bing’s personal copy.
- Lot #59 – 1963 John F. Kennedy Assassination Flag from Convertible — This American Flag, in our opinion, is the flag that was anchored to the right side of the hood of the President’s limousine on November 22, 1963 in Dallas. It is accompanied with detailed letter of provenance from George Hickey III, the son of former Secret Service Agent George Hickey, Jr. In this letter of provenance, the younger Hickey describes how his father brought home “these relics as a keepsake of his fallen President and placing them in the top drawer of his personal desk where they remained for the remainder of his life.” We know from the small regional auction where the present flag first appeared that Hickey was a collector and accumulator of items from his career of serving four presidents.
- Lot #73 – Tupac Shakur Hand Written Composition Notebook –The Mead composition book is the only known full Tupac Shakur notebook in existence, as all other examples are fragments in the form of individual pages or front and back covers. The front cover has “Written by Tupac Shakur” in black pen and is packed full of incredible sets of working lyrics, including drafts of “How Do U Want It” and “Shorty Wanna Be A Thug”. There is also an assortment of hand-written track listings for several albums including “Me Against the World” and the Outlawz, a group with Shakur and several friends. The book also features hand-written poems, the draft of an award acceptance speech, doodles, drawings and more. It comes with a LOA from JSA and a Letter of Provenance from the family of a band member and friend.
- Lot #148 – 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Unopened Wax Box (36 Packs; BBCE Certified) – In terms of content, of course, Jordan’s first-year rendering is at center stage. But lofty acclaim must also be afforded the cards of Olajuwon, Barkley, Drexler, Wilkins, Ewing and other stars. The product’s base 132-card set is accompanied by an 11-player card-sized sticker insert. These 143 pieces are the unquestioned cornerstone group of any modern basketball collection.
- Lot #103 — 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card (PSA MN 7) — Just slightly more than three percent of the examples comprising this card’s PSA census have achieved a higher, unqualified level.
- Lots #240-242 – 2013 & 2015 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champion Rings and Ring Top Pendant & Necklace – Three separate lots, which include a pair of Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship rings from 2013 and 2015 and a 2015 Top Pendant & Necklace from strength & conditioning coach Shane Lawson.
- Lot #45 – Historic 1992 Tonya Harding Competition Worn Black Costume from 1992 Nationals and Olympics –Tonya Harding wore this black sequin-trimmed skating outfit before the scandals, when she was the first American woman to land a triple axel in completion. The outfit shows medium wear. A true piece of both pop culture and sports history. The outfit comes with a signed LOA from Tonya Harding attesting to her wearing it at the 1992 Olympic Games and 1992 Tour of Olympic & World Champions and a COA from JSA for the signature on the Harding LOA.
- Lot #31 – Chief Wahoo 98″x93″ Metal Face Sign from Municipal Stadium –Offered here is a gargantuan metal Chief Wahoo logo that was displayed at the old Municipal Stadium, the former home of the Indians from 1932 until their move to Jacobs Field in 1994. This Chief Wahoo sign was removed from Municipal Stadium, where it was displayed, during the demolition of the park. It is accompanied by a Letter of Provenance from an employee of the company that installed, and later removed, the Chief Wahoo sign.
The deadline for consigning an item to the company’s next internet-only auction is May 15. The consignment deadline for the Goldin Auctions Summer Premium & Live Auction is May 31. To consign an item, visit GoldinAuctions.com or email info@GoldinAuctions.com.
About Goldin Auctions
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. Over the past few years, Goldin Auctions sold Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract for a record $1.02 million, an Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $3.12 million, the Mike Piazza Post-9/11 home run jersey for $365,000, and the 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky PSA 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. All game-worn or autographed items come with team, player, league or additional LOA from industry leading authenticators; and collectors can bid with confidence that their proxy/ceiling bids remain confidential. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.