There's been a lot of attention paid toward the E98 cards found in that Ohio attic--and deservedly so--but it's not the highest priced item so far in Heritage Auctions' Platinum Night sale. Right now, the PSA 9.5 graded Babe Ruth single signed baseball has already been bid up to $286,800 with the buyer's premium. It's the finest known autographed Ruth ball in existence.
The near set (27 of 30) of high grade E98s is at $203,150. Bidding won't wrap up until the live portion of the event during the National Sports Collectors Convention.
Brian Dwyer, who left SGC to start his own auction company, Sterling Sports Auctions, is joining Robert Edward Auctions, a move which could mean REA will expand from its current once-a-year auction format. Dwyer will represent the company at the NSCC and other shows, as well as traveling to acquire consignments elsewhere.
"It has been a long time since we added anyone, but we felt that Brian was the right person to add to our team, and to help us plan for the future," wrote company president Rob Lifson. " He may even be the key to our running more frequent REA auctions in the future."
Sterling Sports Auctions is expected to continue under a new owner.
Also at the NSCC, Historic Autographs will display the two Joe Jackson cut autograph cards that will be in the company's uniquely named “Why the Hall Not?” product (August release).
I'll be in Baltimore, too. We'll be bringing you the stories, sights and sounds from the show next week. If you've got a booth, let me know where it is and I'll be sure to stop by and say hi.