On June 27th, bidding will begin for the first SCP Monthly Auction, marking the launch of a new division of one of the hobby’s premier auctioneers of quality sportscards and memorabilia. Over the last year, SCP Auctions has continued their tradition of bringing forth some of the most historically significant sports artifacts and estate collections ever to reach “the block” through the companies November, 2010 and April, 2011 catalogue auctions. In November, SCP Auctions shocked the collecting public by selling the bat used by Kirk Gibson to hit his epic game winning home run in Game One of the 1988 World Series for $575,912. The bat, along with five other Kirk Gibson items related to his historic 1988 season realized nearly$1.2 million combined. SCP Auctions followed that up months later with the first of a three part offering from the Red Auerbach Collection.
This estate collection from one of the greatest icons in the history professional basketball includes some of the finest basketball memorabilia the hobby has ever seen. The overwhelming response from collectors and fans of the Celtics legend translated into numerous record prices for items in SCP’s April offering of Part One of the Auerbach collection. Other recent record prices include the highest price ever paid for a hockey card. The lone PSA GEM MINT 10 example of Wayne Gretzky’s 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee rookie card sold for an unprecedented price of $94,163 in SCP’s April auction. Additionally, auction history was made in the same event when the original center court jump circle from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion sold for $325,085.
Past successes notwithstanding, SCP Auctions has endeavored to expand their range of auction services with the evolution of “SCP Monthly.” Dan Imler, Managing Director of SCP Auctions states, “While SCP continues to strive to bring collectors the ‘best of the best’ sports memorabilia and cards in our elite bi-annual catalogue auctions, we recognize the value and importance in being able to offer collectors a broader range of quality material. We hope collectors will feel, as we do, that the SCP Monthly auction platform serves as an ideal addition to our auction services package.” Participants in these SCP Monthly auctions can expect the same level of quality service, auction expertise, and state of the art technology that has made SCP Auctions the standard of the industry, on a far more frequent basis. “In the very near future we expect that SCP Monthly will become the hobby’s premier destination for buyers and sellers of cards and memorabilia valued from the low $100s to low $1,000s.” Imler states.
An outstanding selection of material is presented in the premier SCP Monthly auction that runs from Monday, June 27th to Wednesday, July 13th. The quality and diversity of the more than 800 lots provides an ideal introduction to this new division of SCP. In addition to Part Two of The Red Auerbach Collection, the sale also includes a wide variety of autographed items, game used items, awards, advertising pieces, press pins, ephemera, 19th century cards and memorabilia, pre-war cards and post-war cards. Whether it’s Red Auerbach’s 1976 Boston Celtics World Championship ring, a Babe Ruth single signed ball or a vast selection of graded T206 Hall of Famers, the sale includes something to enhance virtually any collection.
All of the 800-plus lots can be previewed online at www.monthly.scpauctions.com. For more information on how to participate or to order a full color SCP Monthly catalogue call 800.350.2273 or visit us online at www.monthly.scpauctions.com. Bidding begins Monday, June 27th and will conclude on Wednesday, July 13th.