The last autograph ever signed by John F. Kennedy, Jackie Robinson’s 1951 Dodgers jersey, Lou Gehrig’s 1925 contract and historic home run baseballs from Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Alex Rodriguez headline the Goldin Auctions 2019 Spring Auction, from April 15, through May 11. Included in the 1,200-lot auction are a dozen lots celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackie Robinson with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The auction is currently open for preview at GoldinAuctions.com.
The most spectacular of the Robinson lots, is Jackie’s Dodgers home jersey from the memorable 1951 season that ended famously on Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard Round the World.” Graded a MEARS 8, it is one of the most spectacular Robinson jerseys in existence.
The auction also features several historic home run baseballs including: Bonds’ final career home run #762, which established MLB’s career home run mark; McGwire’s career home run #500 baseball; and 40-lots of rare and unique A-Rod memorabilia including the ball, bat, cleats and uniform from career home run #500.
The most historic non-sports item is the last autograph ever signed by President John F. Kennedy as he boarded Air Force One for Dallas on November 22, 1963. Video documenting the President signing the spiral bound notebook at Carswell Air Force Base appears in the National Geographic DVD “The Final Hours” which chronicles the Kennedy Assassination.
Here’s a look at some of the marquee items. The complete catalog is available at GoldinAuctions.com.
Lot #1 – 1951 Jackie Robinson Historically Significant 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers Home Jersey (MEARS 8) – Despite falling to the Giants in the “Shot Heard Round the World” game, 1951 was one of Robinson’s best, as his .338 average was the second-highest of his career. Last year a historically significant Robinson jersey, from the 1947, season sold for $2.6 million.
Lot #61 — Ball Hit by Barry Bonds for his Last Career Home Run #762 – During the September 5, 2007 game, Bonds took Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez deep to left field at Coors Field for home run #28 of the season and #762, and last of his career. The ball, which has the historical significance of #714 from Babe Ruth and #755 from Hank Aaron, was initially sold by Jameson Sutton, the fan who caught the ball for $376,612 in 2008. It comes with impeccable provenance including three affidavits and video of Sutton catching the historic homer.
Lot #24 – The Last Autograph of President John F. Kennedy – Video Matched – After arriving at Carswell Air Force to board Air Force One to Dallas on November 22, 1963, the President and First Lady shook hands with servicemen on the tarmac. Then just before they boarded the plane, he autographs a spiral notebook. Provenance for this piece is a National Geographic DVD on the Kennedy Assassination “JFK The Final Hours” in which the president can be seen on the flight line at Carswell Air Force Base signing this piece of American history. Here’s a LINK to that video.
Lot #2 – 1910 E98 “Set of 30” Ty Cobb, Red – PSA GEM MT 10 “1 of 2” – This is one of just two examples at its tier among a total of 14 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting. This exceptionally rare card depicts the legendary hitter in a tinted black-and-white photograph set against a blazing red background.
Lot #3 – 2003/04 Upper Deck Basketball “Exquisite Collection” Unopened Hobby Case – BBCE Certified – This unopened, factory-sealed case contains three boxes (1 pack per box, 5 cards per pack) of the super-premium product. Each box holds one autographed patch card (numbered to 100 or fewer), one autographed rookie patch card (numbered to 225 or fewer), and three additional or base cards (numbered to 225 or fewer). The product contains rookie cards of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, as well as special edition, signed patch and jersey inserts.
Lot #5 – Historic 1925 Lou Gehrig Signed Yankees Player’s Contract for his First Full Season –This is the very document that tied Gehrig to the Yankees for the 1925 season for a salary of just $3,750. The 4-page 8 ½ x 11-inch contract signed on March 7, 1925 includes signatures of A.L. President Ed Barrow, Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and Gehrig in black steel-tipped fountain pen. Gehrig’s 1924 “rookie” contract sold for $480,000 in 2017.
Lot #129 – Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier Fight of the Century Contract — This light-blue single-page multi-signed is Ali’s copy from the historic fight at Madison Square Garden in 1971 paying him $2.5 million. This is one of the nicest Ali signatures with his later career and post career signatures display the effects of the onset of Parkinson’s Disease. This contract compares favorably to the 1978 Ali/Leon Spinks contract that sold for $35,850 in 2015. Comes with a LOA from JSA for the signatures.
Lot #8 – 1938-39 Bob Feller Game Used Cleveland Indians Home Jersey – This cream-colored flannel Indians hone jersey is the epitome of a classic-style jersey. Manufactured by Spalding, this size 42 button-down jersey has a fully-restored wishbone “C” on the upper right chest, sewn on in red and navy felt. The 21-year-old Feller, already in his fourth season, led the A.L. in 1939 with 24 wins, 24 complete games, 296.2 innings pitched and 246 strikeouts. Comes with a LOA from Sports Investors Authentication for the game use.
Lot #7 – 1959 Ted Williams Game Used Boston Red Sox Complete Home Uniform (ULTRA RARE) – Jersey & Pants with Undershirt (MEARS A10) – Goldin Auctions previously sold a 1959 Ted Williams (MEARS A10) road jersey for $144,000.
Lot #66 – Alex Rodriguez 500th Career Home Run Bat – This Louisville Slugger C271L model bat displays outstanding game use and is un-cracked. Handwritten on the knob in silver is “318 *”. A-Rod signed the historic bat in silver marker across the barrel and added the inscriptions “Bat used to hit 500th Career HR” and “8/4/2007”. There is also a LOA from Rodriguez with “Alex Rodriguez 13” holograms on the top barrel and the LOA and LOA from Steve Grad of Beckett Authentication for the signature and inscriptions, as well as photographs of Rodriguez signing and inscribing this bat.
Lot #62 – Alex Rodriguez 500th Career Home Run Baseball – The home run ball, hit on August 4, 2007 was caught by Walter Kowalczyk, who sold it at auction in 2010 for $103,579. The historic ball is covertly marked with the assignation “A 107″. This was pre-marked by MLB in anticipation of A-Rod joining the 500 HR Club. A-Rod signed the panel south of the sweet spot in black pen, inscribing” 500th HR Ball hit 8/4/2007″ below his crisp signature. Accompanied by an MLB Authenticated hologram and a photograph of Rodriguez signing the baseball.
Lot #59 – Mark McGwire 500th Career Home Run Baseball hit on 8/5/99 (PSA/DNA)
Lot #42 – 2000 Donruss Elite Status #183 Tom Brady Rookie Card (#5/10) PSA GEM MT 10 “1 of 1” – It is the only example of this rookie card at its tier. The exclusive, limited-edition piece is serial-numbered “5/10.”
Lot #51 – 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autos #BCAPMB Mookie Betts Superfractors Signed Rookie Card (#1/1) – BGS MINT 9/BGS 10 – Encapsulated and graded MINT 9 by BGS, with signature graded “10” by Beckett. This is a super-premium Rookie Card, and clearly one of the single most significant Betts rookies in the hobby. The wholly unique, limited-edition piece is serial-numbered “1/1” that stands among the most sought-after modern baseball rookie cards that will be auctioned in 2019.
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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 a Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $3.12 million, Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract for a record $1.02 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. Goldin Auctions is the official auction partner of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.