Heritage Auctions’ First Sports Monthly Showcase Scores $3.3 Million

 Heritage Auctions’ inaugural Sports Monthly Showcase Auction realized $3.3 million upon closing early Friday morning.  This sale was the first of its kind in the 15-year history of Heritage Auctions’ Sports Category – fewer than 400 lots in a sale that featured only material already graded and/or authenticated by a leading third-party service when consigned. It ran for two weeks, from opening to extended bidding, to better shrink the window between consignment, auction and payment. And unlike most of Heritage’s sports auctions, it was done without a catalog.

And yet, like Heritage’s record-setting catalog auctions, here, too, new highs were reached. Like when Mickey Mantle’s iconic 1952 Topps card, graded a far-from-mint condition PSA 3, realized $162,000, more than five times its original estimate. Or when one of the 1910 Ty Cobbs that emerged from the Black Swamp Find in 2012 re-emerged to sell for $66,000, almost twice its estimate. Or when Roberto Clemente’s 1955 rookie Topps card, in a PSA 8, realized $78,000, also twice estimate.

“Obviously this has been an extraordinary year for sports memorabilia – cards, of course, especially,” says Chris Ivy, Heritage Auctions’ Director of Sports. “But what we often forget to mention is how absolutely fun this is, sharing new finds and old favorites with collectors. The numbers have been nothing short of staggering in the last 12 months, yes. But let’s not forget, too, the thrill and joy that comes with trading up to get that once out-of-reach card you’ve always needed to complete a collection.”

With some thousand participants in the speedy sale, it introduced newcomers to reasonable iterations of coveted rarities, including Jackie Robinson’s gorgeous 1948 Leaf card, which, in a PSA EX 5, more than doubled its estimate when it realized $48,000. And it sated the appetites of hobby veterans looking for The Next Big Thing, such as the LeBron James Kobe Bryant Tribute NBA Top Shot, which realized $62,400, or factory-sealed boxes of potentially undiscovered treasures. In this sale, a factory-sealed box of 1996 Topps Chrome Basketball cards realized $48,000, appropriately above estimate given the possibility of finding a rookie Kobe inside.

Heritage became the worldwide leader in sports memorabilia through Platinum Night events and weekly sales that continue to grow. But in recent months the auction house has added new and special events in response to the increased demand for sports cards.

Last month marked the launch of the Modern Sports Cards events, with that first-ever auction ending with an all-time Michael Jordan card record. In this debut Sports Monthly Showcase, Michael Jordan’s rookie card, the by-now instantly recognizable 1986 Fleer, brought $480,000 in a PSA Gem Mint 10.

The next Sports Monthly Showcase sale opens April 1 and goes into extended bidding at 10 p.m. Central time April 15. Consignments are being accepted now for all future sales. Batter up.

Daily/Weekly Auctions

(*) Indicates Auction in Progress
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(*) Steve Novella: May 26 - June 1
(*) Kevin Savage Cards: May 21 - June 2-3
(*) NBA Auctions: May 28 - June 3
(*) Sirius Sports Cards: May 24 - June 3
(*) Steve Novella: May 28 - June 3
(*) Lelands: May 9 - June 4
(*) Detroit City Sports: May 29 - June 5
(*) Goldin Auctions: May 28 - June 5
(*) MEARS Auctions: May 28 - June 5
(*) CollectibleXChange: April 28 - June 6
(*) The Collector Connection: May 19 - June 6
(*) Sirius Coins: May 15 - June 6
(*) Auction of Champions: May 26 - June 7
(*) Kevin Savage Cards: May 27 - June 7
(*) Hindman Auctions: May 17 - June 8
JG Autographs: June 2 - June 8
(*) Clean Sweep Auctions: May 12 - June 9
Kevin Savage Cards: June 1 - June 9-10
(*) MeiGray Auctions: May 24 - June 9-10
NBA Auctions: June 4 - June 10
(*) Iconic Auctions: June 3 - June 12
(*) Classic Auctions: May 24 - June 15
JG Autographs: June 9 - June 15
(*) RR Auction: May 25 - June 16
Kevin Savage Cards: June 4 - June 16-17
(*) Heritage Auctions: May 24 - June 17
NBA Auctions: June 11 - June 17
Sirius Sports Cards: June 7 - June 17
REA: June 10 - June 20
Auction of Champions: June 9 - June 21
Kevin Savage Cards: June 10 - June 21
JG Autographs: June 16 - June 22
Kevin Savage Cards: June 14 - June 23-24
NBA Auctions: June 18 - June 24
RR Auction: June 17 - June 24
Sterling Sports Auctions: June 10 - June 24
Grey Flannel Auctions: June 4 - June 26
Heritage Auctions: June 4 - June 26
Iconic Auctions: June 19 - June 26
Goldin Auctions: June 7 - June 26-27
Pristine Auction: June 1 - June 27
Lelands: June 13 - June 27
Kevin Savage Cards: June 18 - June 28
JG Autographs: June 23 - June 29
Kevin Savage Cards: June 22 - June 30
NBA Auctions: June 25 - July 1
Sirius Sports Cards: June 21 - July 1
MEARS Auctions: June 29 - July 3
Auction of Champions: June 23 - July 5
SCP Auctions: June 23 - July 9
Memory Lane Inc: June 21 - July 10
2021 Full Auction Schedule