It was truly a mixture of something old and something new at the Goldin Auctions 2018 Spring Premium Live Auction on Saturday night at the NYY Steakhouse in New York City when final prices realized for historic items from Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, LeBron James, Wayne Gretzky and Mike Trout turned heads and signaled that collectors are still enamored with rare memorabilia from both legendary figures and current stars.
Although a Babe Ruth bat and his final NY Yankees contract were the top two prices realized, memorabilia from both James and Trout set records. The $85,925 paid for a 2015 LeBron James NBA Playoff jersey was the most ever paid for a James jersey, while a sale price of $60,147 for a bat Trout used for many of his career firsts, was the most ever paid at auction for any game-used Trout item.
“The impressive prices realized for the LeBron James jersey and Mike Trout rookie season bat is consistent with the trend we have seen over the past year that rare and historic memorabilia from these two players is becoming as popular as the players themselves,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We are impressed with the results of the live event and very excited to see the response from collectors for the Koufax jersey, Ali robe, Tupac notebook and the 500 other lots up for bids online through May 5.”
Highlights of the 52-lot live auction and the final sale price (including buyer’s premium) include:
Lot #26 – 1934 Babe Ruth Signed Yankees Player Contract PSA/DNA (Final Price: $282,325)
Lot #3 – 1929-30 Babe Ruth Game Used Louisville Slugger R34 Bat – Bone Rubbed PSA/DNA GU 10 (Final Price: $196,400)
Lot #2 – 1968 Willie Mays Game Used & Signed Giants Home Jersey MEARS A9.5 & Beckett (Final Price: $92,062)
Lot #37 – 2015 LeBron James NBA Finals & Eastern Conference Finals Game Used Jersey (Final Price: $85,925) – **record price for any LeBron James jersey**
Lot #40 – 1990-91 Wayne Gretzky Game Used & Signed LA Kings Home Jersey (Final Price: $67,512)
Lot #7 – 2011 Mike Trout MLB Debut Bat Used for Many Career Firsts (Final Price: $60,147) – ** record price for any Mike Trout game used item.
Lot #17 – 1952 Ralph Branca Game Worn & Photo Matched Brooklyn Dodgers Road World Series Jersey also used for 1953 Spring Training (Final Price: $47,872). **A record price for any Branca game-used item.**
Lot #11 – Lou Gehrig’s Retired “Number 4” That Hung in Yankee Stadium (Final Price: $44,190)
Lot #6 – 1962 Mickey Mantle All-Star Game used Hillerich & Bradsby B220 Model Bat PSA/DNA GU 9 (Final Price: $44,190)
Lot #25 – Founding One-Page Document of the Kansas City Monarchs to Join the Negro League (Final Price: $34,370)
An additional 570+ lots are up for bids at GoldinAuctions.com, through May 5. Some of the highlights include:
Lot #19 – 1963 Sandy Koufax Game Used & Signed LA Dodgers Road Jersey Cy Young Season MEARS 9.5 & Beckett (Current Bid: $350,000) – Koufax donned this classic Dodgers road flannel jersey during that magical summer of 1963 in which he earned N.L. Cy Young and MVP Awards. For a recent comparison, a 1955 Koufax game-worn jersey recently sold for $667,000.
The deadline for consigning an item to the company’s next internet-only auction is May 15. The consignment deadline for the Goldin Auctions Summer Premium & Live Auction is May 31. To consign an item, visit GoldinAuctions.com or email info@GoldinAuctions.com.