SCP Auctions’ 2022 Summer Premier broke over a dozen records as it closed with a flurry of bidding on Friday night. Vintage cards in particular performed well, as Mantle, Cobb, and Gehrig examples all rewrote the record books. A scarce SGC 9 1959 Topps Mickey Mantle soared to $60,667, an all-time record for any SGC graded example. A PSA 3 1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb set a record for its grade with a final price of $50,062, while a PSA 6 T206 Piedmont 350-460/25 Ty Cobb Bat Off Shoulder set a record for that variation when it sold for $37,668.
On the game worn memorabilia side of the sale, the jersey worn by two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani when he hit his milestone 45th home run of the 2021 MVP season stole the show. The Shotime signed and inscribed threads brought $77,172 when all was said and done. A pair of 1996 Michael Jordan Air Jordan XI game worn and signed kicks saw a strong result as well, selling for $50,137.
Also offered in the auction were over 50 vintage boxing cards and memorabilia items relating to legendary fighter Jack Johnson. None of these items were bigger than Johnson’s highly historic 1910 letter challenging James Jeffries to the 1910 World Heavyweight Championship, which went for $40,388.
The sale also included some high-end modern cards. A BGS Gem Mint 9.5 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Trout autographed Blue Refractor rookie numbered 017/150 went for $34,243, while a 1996 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant rookie refractor graded PSA Mint 9 brought $20,724.
Several rare and historic PSA/DNA Type 1 original photographs were sold in the sale. A 1917 George Grantham Bain team photo of the World Series Champion White Sox including all “Eight Men Out” from the infamous Black Sox sold for $14,032, a 1911 shot of Ty Cobb sliding into home at the first unofficial All Star Game ever played brought $10,780, and a 1926 image of Babe Ruth in his Yankees uniform went for $10,237.
SCP also presented the collection of former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Fred Claire. The longtime Dodgers executive put five rings, as well as various other memorabilia items, on the auction block via SCP. The items combined to bring over $25,000, and a portion of the proceeds from each of Claire’s items in the auction will go to the City of Hope.
Valuable championship jewelry rounded out the sale. Oscar Robertson’s Basketball Hall of Fame ring went for $41,435, a 2007 Boston Red Sox World Series ring brought $20,724, Wes Matthews’ 1988 Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship ring saw a result of $13,700, and Devon White’s 1997 Florida Marlins World Series championship ring sold for $13,682.
- 2021 Shohei Ohtani Game Worn, Signed & Inscribed Jersey From His 45th Home Run Game! – MLB AUTH., FANATICS AUTH., BECKETT LOA — PRICE REALIZED: $77,172
- 1959 Topps #10 Mickey Mantle – SGC MINT 9 (ONLY TWO HIGHER IN PSA, SGC AND BVG POP COMBINED!) — RECORD PRICE: $60,667
- 1/15/1996 Michael Jordan Dual-Signed Pair Of Game Worn Air Jordan XI Shoes – SCORED 46 PTS. IN BULLS WIN AT WASHINGTON (BULLETS BALL BOY & EX-NBA PLAYER LOA) — PRICE REALIZED: $50,137
- 1914 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb – PSA VG 3 — RECORD PRICE: $50,062
- Oscar Robertson’s Important 1979-80 Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame Ring (ONE OF THE EARLIEST HOF INDUCTION RINGS AWARDED) WITH ROBERTSON LETTER — PRICE REALIZED: $41,435
- C. 1909-10 Jack Johnson Signed Letter Challenging James J. Jeffries To The Famous July 4, 1910 World Heavyweight Championship (THE ORIGINAL “FIGHT OF THE CENTURY”) – SOURCED FROM STANLEY WESTON ESTATE — PRICE REALIZED: $40,388
- 1909-11 T206 Piedmont (350-460/25) Ty Cobb, Bat Off Shoulder – PSA EX-MT 6 (HIGHEST GRADED, POP 3) — RECORD PRICE: $37,668
- 1910 E98 Set Of (Red) 30 Ty Cobb – PSA MINT 9 (ONLY THREE HIGHER) — PRICE REALIZED: $37,610
- 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Blue Refractor #BDPP89 Mike Trout Rookie Signed (#017/150) – BGS GEM MINT 9.5, BECKETT 10 AUTO. — PRICE REALIZED: $34,243
- C. 1980’S Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Autographed Los Angeles Lakers Game Used Goggles – PSA/DNA LOA — PRICE REALIZED: $29,586
- 1928 Yuengling’s Ice Cream #26 Lou Gehrig – PSA NM-MT 8 (HIGHEST GRADED, POP 5) — RECORD PRICE: $28,255
- History-Making 2012 Derek Jeter Signed Louisville Slugger Game Used Bat Photo-Matched To 9 Games & 9 Hits (Passed Gwynn & Yount On MLB Career Hit List!) – RESOLUTION LOA WITH 9 ResMATCHES — PRICE REALIZED: $26,669
- 1970 Pelé Brazil National Team Match Worn & Autographed Jersey – BECKETT, MEARS LOA, LETTER OF PROVENANCE — PRICE REALIZED: $26,669
- 2014 Aaron Judge Tampa Yankees (Single A) Game Worn Home Jersey Photo-Matched To Three Games – ONE OF HIS EARLIEST MINOR LEAGUE GAMERS! (SPORTS INVESTORS & ESPM LOA’S) — PRICE REALIZED: $22,039
- 2007 Boston Red Sox World Series Championship Players’ Style Ring With Original Presentation Box — PRICE REALIZED: $20,724
- 1996 Topps Chrome Refractor #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie – PSA MINT 9 — PRICE REALIZED: $20,724
- 1915 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb – PSA GD 2 — PRICE REALIZED: $20,724
- 1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays Rookie – BVG EX-MT 6 — PRICE REALIZED: $20,060
- 2009 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Numbers Pieces Autographs #EDER Julius Erving/Bill Russell (5/6) – BGS NM-MT 8, 10 AUTO. — RECORD PRICE: $19,540
- July 3, 1967 Sports Illustrated Roberto Clemente First Cover – CGC 9.0 (HIGHEST GRADED, POP 2) — PRICE REALIZED: $19,078
- Ty Cobb’s Well-Preserved And Personally Used Dentures Previously Displayed At Baseball Hall Of Fame Museum With Cooperstown Documentation (EX-HALPER COLLECTION) — PRICE REALIZED: $18,840
- 1910 T206 Piedmont (350/25) Cy Young, Cleveland Portrait – SGC NM 7 (HIGHEST GRADED, POP 2) — RECORD: $17,126
- 2009 National Treasures Timeline Materials Last Name Signatures #5 Stephen Curry Rookie (8/30) – BGS GEM MINT 9.5, BECKETT 10 AUTO. — PRICE REALIZED: $15,569
- Stunning 1917 Chicago White Sox World Series Champions Original Photograph By George Grantham Bain WITH ALL “EIGHT MEN OUT” FROM INFAMOUS BLACK SOX – PSA/DNA TYPE I — PRICE REALIZED: $14,032
- Historic July 24, 1911 Ty Cobb Original Photograph Sliding Into Home Wearing Cleveland Naps Uniform At ‘Addie Joss Benefit Game’ (FIRST UNOFFICIAL ALL-STAR GAME EVER PLAYED) – PSA/DNA TYPE I — PRICE REALIZED: $10,780
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