SCP Auctions’ 2021 Summer Premier Auction closed with a bang on Friday, July 9. Bidders came in hot pursuit of the valuable and important memorabilia and cards offered in the auction, especially a one-of-24 PSA GEM MINT 10 example of the Topps Larry Bird-Julius Erving-Magic Johnson rookie card that sold for over half a million dollars. Four decades after the treasured card was created, the card’s final price was $513,565 at the conclusion of the auction.
NBA legend Michael Jordan also had multiple prominent items featured in the Summer Premier, including an iconic highly valuable home Bulls jersey from his 1984-85 rookie season graded MEARS A10. The museum-quality jersey was rescued from a vintage clothing store in the recent past and went for $125,332 when all was said and done.
Other key cards in the sale brought some serious prices, including a 1986 Topps Jerry Rice rookie graded PSA 10 that sold for $96,510, and a 1969 Topps Reggie Jackson graded PSA 9 that went for $50,137. A 1986 Fleer Jordan rookie graded BGS 9.5 brought $50,137. This was slightly down from the unfathomable numbers we were seeing during the height of the MJ craze earlier this year, but a promising result as the Jordan market stabilizes. A 1948 Bowman George Mikan rookie graded PSA 8 netted $120,000 shortly after the auction closed.
The auction also included a variety of world-class results for highly desirable pieces of sports history. Two significant early 20th century Boston Red Sox championship pieces fetched big returns. A rare 1903 World Series championship watch fob sold for $97,558 and 1916 Red Sox championship gold pocket watch garnered over $50,000. One of the big surprises of the night came when a 1965 match worn and signed Pelé soccer jersey graded MEARS A10 ended up collecting $69,184.
The rare original photo buyers were out in full force and brought significant action to the category during the sale. A 1919 World Series Joe Jackson original photo encapsulated PSA/DNA Type 1 led the way with a final price realized of $20,546. Jackie Robinson was also on display and a very early 1947 International News photograph encapsulated PSA/DNA Type 1 brought $8,711. In all, the original photograph category garnered $67,838 at the auction.
Complete results from SCP Auctions’ multimillion-dollar Summer Premier can be found here.
The Auction Highlights
- 1980 Topps Larry Bird/Julius Erving/Magic Johnson Scoring Leaders Rookie – PSA GEM MINT 10 – $513,565
- Highly Valuable 1984-85 Michael Jordan Home Rookie Chicago Bulls Game Worn Jersey – MEARS A10 – $125,332
- 1948 Bowman #69 George Mikan Rookie – PSA NM-MT 8 – $120,000
- 1903 Boston Red Sox World Championship Watch Fob Presented to Jake Stahl – $97,558
- 1986 Topps #161 Jerry Rice Rookie PSA GEM MINT 10 – $96,510
- 1965 Pele Brazil Match Worn & Signed Shirt from Brazil vs. West Germany – MEARS A10, PSA/DNA – $69,184
- 1969 Topps #260 Reggie Jackson Rookie – PSA MINT 9 – $50,137
- 1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie – BGS GEM MINT 9.5 – $50,137
- Rare 1916 Harry Hooper Boston Red Sox World Championship Gold Pocket Watch – $50,062
- Outstanding Early 1930’s Babe Ruth Signed “Home Run Special” Ball – JSA & Beckett LOA – $44,126
- Lot #10: 1972 Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo II fight worn, Signed and Inscribed Trunks – Exceptional Referee Provenance – $31,129
- Valuable 1994 Michael Jordan Birmingham Barons Game Worn and Signed Jersey – MEARS A10 /BECKETT/KOEHLER LETTER OF PROVENANCE – $30,343
- Recently Discovered 1968 Mickey Mantle Game Used Bat – PSA/DNA GU 8 – $30,343
- 2012-13 Stephen Curry Game Worn Golden State Warriors Home Jersey – NBA/MEIGRAY LOA – $29,372
- Extraordinary Cy Young Single Signed Baseball – BECKET LOA – $27,354
- 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl XXXVII Ring – $24,274
- The Rolling Stones’ ”Tongue and Lips” Original Artwork By Logo Creator John Pasche – $22,226
- 1919 World Series Joe Jackson Original Photograph – PSA/DNA TYPE 1 – $20,546
- 1977 Reggie Jackson New York Yankees Game Used & Autographed Home Run Adirodack Bat – PSA/DNA – $17,762
- Very Fine Honus Wagner Single Signed Baseball (Ex-Arthur Meyer Collection) – JSA LOA – $17,762