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Goldin Auctions Winter Auction Concludes Record-Setting Year

Ending Dec. 3:  900+ Lots of Sports, Entertainment, History and Pop-Culture Memorabilia at Goldin AuctionsTo cap off a record-setting year in which Goldin Auctions sold more than $25 million in sports trading cards and collectibles and established numerous industry standards, the 2016 Goldin Auctions Holiday Auction closed on Saturday night with the 900-lots of sports, history and pop-culture memorabilia selling for more than $1.8 million at www.GoldinAuctions.com.

One of the greatest players in baseball history and the player who most emulates him today made news as a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card PSA NM7 sold for $183,750, while Mike Trout’s 2014 MVP Season Game Used and Signed Glove became the highest selling piece of Trout’s memorabilia ever sold by fetching a whopping $31,850. The extensive non-sports offerings were headlined by the handcuffs used to arrest Lee Harvey Oswald, which sold for $110,250.

“This was a remarkable year for Goldin Auctions and for the entire sports collectibles industry as collectors stepped-up to pay record prices for the wide array of vintage trading cards and historic memorabilia we offered this year,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “In addition to the record-setting Trout glove, we also sold the most expensive baseball card with the T206 Jumbo Wagner at $3.12 million, the most valuable hockey card as the 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 netted $465,00, the most expensive modern trading card with the 2003-04 LeBron James Upper Deck selling for a remarkable $312,000, Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves from Ali-Frazier 1 for $606,375, a letter written by Tupac Shakur for $172,750, Babe Ruth’s 1922 contract for $537,750 and many others. We thank all of our consignors and bidders for making 2016 such an exciting year.”

Here’s a look at some of the other auction highlights and final prices realized. The company is currently accepting consignments for its extensive line-up of 2017 auctions.

  • Lot #1 – 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card PSA NM7 – Better know to collectors as the version from “The Rosen Find” — a trove of 1952 Topps high number cards uncovered in 1986 by hobby legend Alan “Mr. Mint” Rosen. ($183,750)
  • Lot #2 – Lee Harvey Oswald Arrest Handcuffs – These handcuffs were used by officer Ray Hawkins to arrest Oswald in the Texas Theater on November 22, 1963. These handcuffs are one of the very few significant JFK-Oswald items that are not in the National Archives. Since the Dallas Police Department made its officers and detectives buy their own handcuffs, Hawkins retained his private property after the assassination. These Smith & Wesson cuffs, bearing the serial number “38468” were originally issued to Officer Hawkins when he joined the Dallas Police Department in 1953. ($110,250)
  • Lot #332 – Babe Ruth & Hank Aaron Dual-Signed OAL Harridge Baseball- Rare item with the Ruth and Aaron signatures both graded PS/DNA 8 ($40,250)
  • Lot #3 – 2014 Mike Trout MVP Season Game Used and Signed Glove – This glove was used by Trout for his entire MVP season, the All-Star Game and his first career post-season game. Trout signed the glove on the back of its forefinger in bright silver marker with “14 G/U” and “AL MVP” inscriptions. Comes with an LOA from Trout and authentication from PSA/DNA and JSA. ($31,850)
  • Lot #156 – 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card PSA MINT 9 – Among the 4,000 copies in the PSA census report, just one card has been graded higher – and that card was sold by Goldin Auctions earlier this year for $465,000 ($31,850)
  • Lot #8 – 2001 Michael Jordan Game Used and Signed Washington Wizards home jersey. Photo matched to the Dec. 19, 2001 game versus Atlanta in which he scored 23 points in a 103-76 victory. The home white jersey also includes the 9/11 memorial patch that all teams wore that season. ($30,625)
  • Lot #196 – 1994 SF 49ers Super Bowl 29 Ring with Presentation Box- From 49ers great and front office executive RC Owens ($26,950)
  • Lot #665 – 2015-16 LeBron James Game Used Cavaliers Black Jersey from 12/8/15 vs Portland – Include LOA from MeiGray and is photo matched ($24,500)
  • Lot #138 – 1969 Topps #260 Reggie Jackson Rookie Card PSA MINT 9 – Among the 5,400 copies recorded in the PSA census report just one is graded higher. ($23,888)
  • Lot #4 – 1920 Tris Speaker Game Used Bat from Game 7 of the 1920 World Series PSA/DNA GU 8 – One of the game’s great players was the player-manager of the Cleveland Indians team that won the World Series over Brooklyn during a season in which teammate Ray Chapman was killed by a pitch. ($23,275)
  • Lot #270 – 1961-63 Roger Maris Game Used Hillerich & Bradsby A92 Bat (PSA/DNA GU 9.5) – ($22,050)
  • Lot #201 – 2007 LSU National Championship Waterford Crystal Football Trophy (1 of 3) – $22,050)
  • Lot #164 – 1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card PSA GEM MT 10 – A perfect example of the rookie card from the greatest NBA player in history. ($19,600)
  • Lot #120 – 1960 Topps Baseball Sealed Vending Box (BBCE Authenticated) – ($19,600)
  • Lot #12 – 2015 Aaron Rodgers Game Worn & Inscribed Jersey – Worn by the Packers great in a 27-17 win versus Seattle on 9/20/15 at Lambeau Field. The jersey is signed and inscribed with the score and his stats from the game which included 249 yards and two TD’s. Includes an LOA from Rodgers and Fanatics. ($19,600)
  • Lot #10 – 2011 David Freese Game 6 Game-Tying Triple World Series Baseball – This is the ball Freese hit for a triple in the bottom of the 9th in Game 6 over the head of Nelson Cruz versus Texas to force a Game 7. The story behind the ball is nearly as remarkable as the hit. MLB Authenticated & Mears. Click here to check it out. ($14,700)

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About Goldin Auctions
Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $600 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, a 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.

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