With millions of pieces of sports memorabilia on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention later this summer in Cleveland, it’s fitting that the event’s official live auction – the Goldin Auctions’ 2018 LIVE & Premium Summer Auction – features an array of rare, historic and unique memorabilia that will impress even the industry’s most discerning collectors.
Among the highlights of the live auction are: Eli Manning’s 2008 Super Bowl helmet; a Wayne Gretzky rookie season jersey; Jim Palmer’s 1976 Cy Young Award, rare bats from Cap Anson and Babe Ruth; The Mike Singletary Collection; and more than two dozen high-grade rookie cards. A complete auction catalog is available at GoldinAuctions.com.
89-lot LIVE auction (Lots #1-89) concluding on August 2, during “The National” at the Cleveland Airport Marriott Hotel beginning at 8:00 pm. The corresponding catalog auction (Lots #90-964) is open for bidding through August 11 at GoldinAuctions.com.
“For the past three years we have set the bar quite high in offering some truly special collectibles in our annual summer auction,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “Since our event at The National draws many of the most passionate collectors in the industry it encourages our consignors to offer their best items.”
Here’s a look at some of the auction highlights:
Lot #36 – Historic 2008 Eli Manning Game Used New York Giants Helmet Photo Matched to Super Bowl XLII on 2/3/2008 vs New England – The helmet worn by Manning when he threw the historic “David Tyree helmet catch” pass – Manning’s iconic career highlight and the greatest play in Super Bowl history. The back of the helmet has the circular bright green communication sticker on the red stripe, with a black circular sticker with “21” in white in memory of Sean Taylor, an American Flag decal, the Super Bowl XLII logo decal and Manning’s number “10” in white separated by the red stripe. Comes with a LOA and several photos from Resolution Photomatching, who have definitively matched this helmet to Super Bowl XLII. Additionally, MeiGray has verified via photo-matching that Manning wore the helmet for all four quarters of the game.
Lot 58 – 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers Game Used, Photo Matched & Signed Rookie Season Road Jersey (MeiGray & JSA) — The experts at MeiGray have found two photo matches of Gretzky, donning this jersey during his very first season in the NHL. The first is on page 52 of the book “Wayne Gretzky: Portrait of a Hockey Player” by Craig Thomas Wolff. The other is on the cover of a Dec. 28, 1980 Vancouver Canucks game program. Several clues point to this photo likely being a pre-season shot of Gretzky as the jersey has no nameplate on back. The pre-season photo plus the added nameplate, now present on the jersey, points to this being worn by Gretzky during both the 1979-1980 NHL pre and regular seasons. Gretzky has signed the left “9” on the back in black marker. A significant piece of NHL history, the likes of which comes around but once in a lifetime.
Lot #3 – 1897 Adrian “CAP” Anson Game Used J.F. Hillerich & Son Model Bat – His Last Game Used Bat – (PSA/DNA GU 10 & Letter of Provenance) – The only game-used Anson bat in existence, it was used by the 45-year-old during his final game. This artifact has a familial provenance as it came directly from Darryl Sherwood, Cap Anson’s great grandson. It was originally given by Cap himself to his daughter (Sherwood’s Grandmother) who in turn passed it to her own daughter (Sherwood’s mother) who stored it in their residence. The J.F. Hillerich and Son bat can be definitively dated to 1897 due to the center brand that would come to be the trademark of the Louisville Slugger Company. This first application of the center brand is different in that it faces the opposite way than is found on later bats. One of the oldest Louisville Slugger bats that can be labeled as game used. The only other game used bat of this age is a Hugh Duffy model now in the collection of the Louisville Slugger Museum in Kentucky.
Lot #4 – 1932 Babe Ruth Game Used & Signed Hillerich & Bradsby 4-18-32 Model Bat (PSA/DNA GU 9) – Fresh to the Hobby, this bat was used by Babe during his last great season in the majors when he hit .341 with 41 homers and clubbed his memorable “Called Shot” in the 1932 World Series versus Chicago. The C5-E style center brand was only used on bats made during 1930 to 1932. The date of manufacture can be further narrowed down by the style of the “Powerized” stamping which was used on 1932 and 1933 dated bats. Ruth’s signature on the back barrel has been authenticated by PSA/DNA.
Lot #1 – Circa 1890-93 Original J.F. Hillerich & Son “Copy Righted” Center Brand Bat — Because most everyone from small children to Major Leaguers used their bats until they broke, surviving examples of pre-1900 bats are very scarce. Even the Louisville Slugger Museum does not have a large selection of their 19th century models. Then, a fortuitous find in the attic of an old home in Virginia in 1989 uncovered the earliest J.F. Hillerich and Sons Louisville Slugger bat in existence. The discoverer of the bat brought it to the attention of the Louisville Slugger Museum who replied that their vast collection holds just two examples that have the same typeface used in the “J.F. Hillerich and Son” stamping, and none that have the words “COPY RIGHTED” below the center brand. By clues present in and around the center brand, this bat can be dated to the 1890-1893 period – just six years after the company turned its first bat. Comes with a LOA from PSA/DNA for the authenticity
Lot #13 – 1961 Mickey Mantle Game Used New York Yankees World Series Cap (MEARS) – Randy Nicklas, the personal charter pilot for the Yankees and Football Giants during the 1950’s and 60’s was gifted this hat by Mantle after the final game of the 1961 World Series. Nicklas proudly displayed it on the family mantle for two decades as a symbol of his hard work and good fortune. The seven-stitch brim McAuliffe Pro KM model is size 7 ¼, which corresponds to other verified Mantle gamers from this period. The McAuliffe tagging inside the cap is of the style found on 1955-1965 era Yankees caps. Comes with a LOA from MEARS for the game use.
The Mike Singletary Collection – Featuring 32-lots of memorabilia from the Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker. The four lots offered in the live auction are: Lot #32 – 1986-87 Singletary Game Used & Signed Pro Bowl Jersey; Lot #33 – 1992 Singletary’s Final Career Game Bears Jersey; Lot #39 – 1985 Singletary Signed & Inscribed Personally Owned Bears Vince Lombardi Trophy; Lot #40 – 1998 Singletary Personally Owned Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring. All lots come with Singletary LOA.
Lot #21 – 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth PSA MINT 9 – One of just six examples at its tier (with only one graded higher) among more than 1,000 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting. This fabulous piece is the first PSA MINT 9 Goudey Ruth card to be offered for public sale in more than 15 years.
Lot #75 – 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil #279 Derek Jeter Rookie Card PSA GEM MT 10 – A debut-year collectible of a future Hall of Famer, and easily the most widely pursued baseball rookie card of an entire generation. Among more than 14,400 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just 22 have achieved this unimprovable tier.
Lot #51 – 1997-98 Michael Jordan Game Used, Signed & Photomatched Bulls Home Jersey for 5,000th Career Assist – Dated to 4/11/98 versus Orlando, this jersey was worn when MJ recorded his 5,000th career assist during his final MVP season and final championship season. The jersey comes with LOA from the MeiGray Group, who have photo matched this jersey and the Chicago Bulls for the game use, Upper Deck for the signature and by Sports Investors and Resolution Photomatching to the April 11th, 1998 game.
Additionally, the auction features five other Jordan jerseys: (Lot #50) 1991-92 Bulls Home Jersey; (Lot #52) 2001 Washington Wizards Home Jersey; (Lot #90 – online) 1992 Dream Team Olympic Blue Jersey; (Lot #851- online) 1992 Dream Team White Jersey; and (Lot #853 – online) 1996-97 Bulls Home Jersey.
Lot #34 – 2004 Tom Brady Game Used & Photo Matched Patriots Road Uniform from Super Bowl Season – This is the complete uniform worn by Tom Brady. Two white strip tags with “BRADY vs. MIAMI 12/04 road” and “12-04 vs. MIAMI MNF road” are sewn in the pants and jersey. The uniform set shows good use overall, with many turf and contact scuffs throughout, as well as loose threads – a true gamer. This jersey comes with a LOA from MeiGray, who have photo matched this jersey to the two games.
Lot #85 – Extremely Bold Lou Gehrig Signed Official A.L. Baseball (PSA/DNA & JSA) – Gehrig’s signature is in very strong black fountain pen and transcends any of the overall toning of the leather. Comes with a LOAs from JSA and PSA/DNA for the signature. PSA/DNA has graded Gehrig’s signature a solid 6.
Lot #42 – Jim Palmer 1976 Cy Young Award — This is Jim Palmer’s 1976 Cy Young Award – the third of his Hall of Fame career awarded after a season in which he won 22 games, pitched 23 complete games, six shutouts and recorded a 2.51 ERA. Includes LOA from Jim Palmer.
Lot #12 — 1951 Polo Grounds Game Used Home Plate For New York Giants & Brooklyn Dodgers “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” Game 10/3/1951 – This home plate, which would have been touched by Bobby Thomson after his memorable home run, shows good wear. Comes with a Letter of Provenance from the son of former Giants and Dodgers groundskeeper Matty Schwab.
Lot #15 –Complete Collection of all 103 Yankees (1923-2009) World Series Tickets at Yankee Stadium – While this collection highlights many individual ticket stubs of great value and historical significance, it’s unparalleled condition and uniformity are what truly place it in the highest echelon of Yankees ticket collections known to exist and is an instant centerpiece in any Yankees Collection.
Lot #37 – 1958 Baltimore Colts NFL Championship Player Ring – Famously remembered as “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, the Colts defeated the Giants 23-17 in overtime, the first NFL playoff game to ever go into sudden-death. Offered here is a Balfour 14K gold 1958 Baltimore Colts NFL championship ring, reading “BALTIMORE COLTS WORLD CHAMPIONS” while boasting a sapphire on each side of the ring’s top, which is centered by a diamond. This ring was presented to team member Albert Rechichar.
Beyond the Ruth and Jeter cards, the auction offers more than 250-lots of trading cards with more than two dozen high-grade trading cards being offered in the live auction including: 1966 Philadelphia #31 Dick Butkus Rookie Card (PSA MINT 9); 1967 Topps #400 Roberto Clemente (PSA GEM MT 10; 1 of 2); 1954 Topps #128 Hank Aaron Rookie Card (PSA NM-MT 8); 1921 E121 American Caramel “Series of 80” Babe Ruth (PSA VG+ 3.5); 2000 SP Authentic #118 Tom Brady Rookie Card #1194/1250 (PSA GEM MT 10); 2006 Bowman Sterling Prospects #CK Clayton Kershaw Signed Rookie Card (BGS Pristine 10/Black Label 10; 1/1); 1986/87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card (SGC 98 GEM 10); and many more.
Goldin Auctions is currently accepting consignments for its September Internet Auction and October Legends Auction. To consign an item, visit 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.