The hobby’s most anticipated sale lived up to its billing, as the Heritage Auctions Sports Collectibles Platinum Night sale soared to a massive $13.9 million total after two sessions of intense bidding competition, the highest total ever for the semi-annual event. Leading the charge were New York Yankees icons Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, whose game-worn jerseys and high-grade trading cards represented the top five results.
Lou Gehrig’s 1937 Photo-Matched Home Jersey brought the top result in the auction, selling for $870,000. The only PSA Gem Mint 10 example of DiMaggio’s 1941 Play Ball card found a new owner at $750,000, while his 1947 World Series jersey took third place at $372,000. The Mick’s celebrated 1952 Topps debut drew $360,666 for a PSA NM-MT 8 specimen, while a jersey worn during the immortal M&M Boys home run race of 1961 commanded $360,000.
“That Mantle jersey, in particular, exhibits the power of Heritage Platinum Night for high-end sellers,” noted Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Auctions. “Just three months ago, the same jersey sold with another auction firm for one-third of our result.”
More than 20 individual lots drew winning bids in excess of $100,000, documenting Heritage Auctions’ command of the top tier of the sports collectibles marketplace. Perhaps the most talked-about item from that elite tier was the jersey worn by George Brett as he raged against a Yankee Stadium umpiring crew during the famous “Pine Tar Game.” That jersey drew $174,000, second only to Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series home run gamer among 1980s Major League uniform results.
Heritage likewise burnished its reputation as the premier source for rare modern cards, as examples celebrating the auspicious arrivals of LeBron James and Mike Trout drew winning bids of $264,000 and $168,000, respectively.
Additional highlights include:
- $144,000: The only example known of a signed 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb green portrait card, PSA/DNA Authentic
- $324,000: 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal 350/30 Ty Cobb (Bat Off Shoulder), PSA Mint 9
- $108,000: 1964 New York Yankees American League Championship Rolex Wristwatch Presented to Mickey Mantle
- $105,000: 1951 Mickey Mantle Signed Bowman Trading Card Contracts
- $102,000: 1997-98 Michael Jordan Game Worn & Signed Chicago Bulls Jersey, photo matched and accompanied by team letter
- $75,000: 1923 New York Yankees World Series Championship Pocket Watch Presented to Wally Pipp
- $69,000: 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald’s Last Paycheck, issued for his employment during the period John F. Kennedy assassination
- $63,000: 1973-74 Oscar Robertson Game Worn Milwaukee Bucks Jersey, photo matched to 1974 NBA Finals and accompanied by a letter from Robertson
- $78,000: Lamar Odom’s 2010 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship Ring
- $78,000: 2013 Tom Brady Game Worn New England Patriots Jersey, photo matched to three games