The Heritage Sports Department would like to Thank all the consignors and bidders who made 2017 such an incredible year! Heritage Sports realized over $63 million in auction sales and over $100 million total including private sales, both World Records for a sports auction firm. Heritage Sports is looking forward to offering our customers even more iconic cards & memorabilia and outstanding consignment opportunities in 2018.
“We are very proud to be the first sports collectibles auctioneer to post a nine-figure annual sales total,” Sports Auction Director Chris Ivy said. “It’s a tribute to the enduring strength of the hobby and our unrivaled ability to connect with a global audience of sophisticated collectors. We are enjoying a hot seller’s market right now, and we are both humbled and grateful for the consignors and buyers that have helped to establish Heritage as the industry leader.”
Leading the way was the 1947 Jackie Robinson Game-Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Rookie “Color Barrier” Jersey, MEARS A9, which brought $2,050,000 – a new record for any sports item with Heritage Auctions. The jersey commemorates the start of the Major League career of the 1947 Rookie of the Year who opened the door for the integration of baseball.
Meanwhile, a 1948 Original Study for “Tough Call” by Norman Rockwell – Gifted to Legendary Umpire “Beans” Reardon, drew $1,680,000. Crafted for the April 23, 1949, cover of The Saturday Evening Post, this oil-on-paper study represents a truer version of Rockwell’s intent than the famous final version, which resides in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The year’s total revenue includes more than $5 million in sales through Heritage’s Make Offer to Owner Program, through which collectors may acquire lots previously sold at auction.
High-grade cards, game-worn jerseys and unique memorabilia dominated the top 10 lots. Highlights include:
- $2,050,000: 1947 Jackie Robinson Game-Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Rookie “Color Barrier” Jersey, MEARS A9
- $1,680,000: 1948 Original Study for “Tough Call” by Norman Rockwell – Gifted to Legendary Umpire “Beans” Reardon
- $870,000: 1937 Lou Gehrig Game-Worn New York Yankees Jersey – Photo Matched
- $660,000: 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT 8
- $552,000: 1916 M101-5 Blank Back (Sporting News) Babe Ruth Rookie #151 PSA NM 7
- $486,000: 1968 Mickey Mantle Game-Worn New York Yankees Jersey Attributed to 535th Home Run
- $480,000: 1924 Lou Gehrig-Signed New York Yankees Rookie Contract
- $432,000: 1954 Mickey Mantle Game-Worn New York Yankees Jersey, MEARS A9
- $432,000: 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb #30 PSA Mint 9
- $408,000: 1920 Babe Ruth Game-Used Bat from the Louisville Slugger Traveling Exhibition, PSA/DNA GU 10
With our highly anticipated February 24 and 25 Platinum Night Auction right around the corner, Heritage sports representatives will be attending one show this month.
Clients in New York State will have the chance to meet with Heritage sports experts Derek Grady and Lee Iskowitz on January 12-14, as they will be set up at the White Plains Show, held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. Show dates and hours are as follows: Friday 1 p.m.- 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Feel free to stop by our booth with your cards or memorabilia, or simply to say hello. For more information, contact Derek at Derekg@ha.com or via phone at (214) 409-1975 or (214) 409-1767 or Lee at Leei@ha.com or at (214) 409-1601.
Lee Iskowitz will also be at our New York City office on Wednesday, January 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to view potential sports consignments. If you have vintage sports cards, autographs or memorabilia, please make an appointment to stop by our 445 Park Ave. office by contacting him at Leei@ha.com or (214) 409-1601 to discuss your consignment.
Lastly, Heritage sports representative Calvin Arnold will be visiting with potential consignors at our Beverly Hills office on Wednesday, January 10 and 24, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Our Beverly Hills office is located at 9478 West Olympic, First Floor (Near Beverly). For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact Calvin at Calvina@ha.com or (214) 409-1341.
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