Heritage Sports Department Tallies Over $100 Million in 2017

Heritage Auctions New Mobile App: Your Collection On DemandThe 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:

  1. $2,050,0001947 Jackie Robinson Game-Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Rookie “Color Barrier” Jersey, MEARS A9
  2. $1,680,0001948 Original Study for “Tough Call” by Norman Rockwell – Gifted to Legendary Umpire “Beans” Reardon
  3. $870,0001937 Lou Gehrig Game-Worn New York Yankees Jersey – Photo Matched
  4. $660,0001952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT 8
  5. $552,0001916 M101-5 Blank Back (Sporting News) Babe Ruth Rookie #151 PSA NM 7
  6. $486,0001968 Mickey Mantle Game-Worn New York Yankees Jersey Attributed to 535th Home Run
  7. $480,0001924 Lou Gehrig-Signed New York Yankees Rookie Contract
  8. $432,0001954 Mickey Mantle Game-Worn New York Yankees Jersey, MEARS A9
  9. $432,0001915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb #30 PSA Mint 9
  10. $408,0001920 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.

Chris Ivy Chris Ivy
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1319
or email at CIvy@HA.com
Derek Grady Derek Grady
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1975
or email at DerekG@HA.com
Mike Gutierrez Mike Gutierrez
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1183
or email at MikeG@HA.com
Mark Jordan Mark Jordan
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1187
or email at MarkJ@HA.com
Lee Iskowitz Lee Iskowitz
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1601
or email at LeeI@HA.com
Peter Calderon Peter Calderon
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1789
or email at PeterC@HA.com
Jonathan Scheier Jonathan Scheier
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1314
or email at JonathanS@HA.com
Chris Nerat Chris Nerat
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1615
or email at ChrisN@HA.com
Rob Rosen Rob Rosen
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1767
or email at RRosen@HA.com
Tony Giese Tony Giese
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1997
or email at TonyG@HA.com
Calvin Arnold Calvin Arnold
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1341
or email at CalvinA@HA.com
Nick Cepero Nick Cepero
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1878
or email at NickC@HA.com