Lou Gehrig Collection, Elite Trading Cards Set World Records in Heritage Auctions’ $9.4M Platinum Night Auction

The sports memorabilia hobby’s most anticipated evening lived up to its hype last weekend as the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer averaged well over $10,000 per item in its 864-lot Platinum Night auction, including a dozen six-figure results. Heritage further burnished its reputation for record trading card prices and fresh-to-the-hobby collections, as rare cardboard and “The Lou Gehrig Collection” dominated the top-dollar finishers.

“Death, taxes and world-record Platinum Night prices,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage.  “You can be certain about all three.”

“Shoeless Joe” was peerless in the high-dollar event, with Jackson’s 1910 Old Mill and 1914 Boston Garter cards drawing the two top results of the auction at $600,000 and $480,000 respectively, while the best 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card in PSA 8, clocked in third at $456,000.

The Lou Gehrig Collection contributed nearly half a million dollars to the Platinum Night total, with a $312,000 result for his game-worn New York Yankees cap becoming the second-highest result for a game-worn hat after the famous Babe Ruth model once owned by former Yankees ace David Wells. A trio of high-grade signed checks from the tragic Hall of Famer each soared past $20,000 in lively bidding.

Other world record highlights include:

$26,4001958 Topps Football Cello Pack, PSA NM 7, with Jim Brown Rookie on top

$84,0001961-62 Fleer Basketball Wax Box with 24 Unopened Packs, validated and sealed

$36,0001969 Topps Lew Alcindor #25, PSA Mint 9