A 1927 World Champion New York Yankees team-signed photograph sold for $275,706 to top all bidding in SCP Auctions’ latest catalog sale, which wrapped up in the wee
A Babe Ruth game-used bat sold for $171,190; what is generally regarded as the finest Wayne Gretzky game jersey in the hobby went for $110,293; Ray Nitschke’s original 1967 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl II championship ring attracted a bid of $91,151; and Gus Williams’ 1979 Seattle Supersonics NBA World Championship ring sold for $91,000.
The auction, including more than 1,000 sports memorabilia items, brought in a total of more than $5.1 million. All prices are inclusive of a 20 percent buyers’ premium.
“This auction drew the largest number of collectors and total bids than any sale in SCP Auctions’ history,” said SCP Auction VP Dan Imler stated. “The passion that collectors have for top quality sports memorabilia and cards, particularly items with direct athlete provenance, is at an all-time high.”
Other highlights of the auction include:
· Bret Saberhagen’s 1985 Kansas City Royals World Series Championship Ring - $73,409
· Steve Garvey’s 1974 National League Most Valuable Player Award – $68,482
· Rollie Fingers’ 1973 Oakland A’s World Series Championship Ring – $56,501
· A special pair of LeBron James’ game-worn sneakers that will benefit the victims of the tragedy in Newtown, CT through the LeBron James Family Foundation – $27,584
NBA great John Havlicek’s collection of personal memorabilia garnered more than $1 million. Top lots included $80,750.40 for his personal NBA 50 Greatest Players autographed lithograph and $68,481.60 for his 1963 Boston Celtics World Championship ring. All prices are inclusive of a 20 percent buyers’ premium.
Havlicek played 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA titles. A 13-time NBA all-star, Havlicek is among the most decorated and admired basketball players in college and NBA history. Havlicek’s collection, arguably one of the most important and comprehensive basketball player collections ever brought to market, included:
· Personal “NBA 50 Greatest Players” Autographed Lithograph (Havlicek 1/1) – $80,750.40
· 1963 Boston Celtics World Championship Ring – $68,481.60
· 1966 Signed NBA All-Star Game-Worn Jersey and Shorts – $37,610.40
· 1960 Signed Ohio State Game-Worn Warm-Up Jacket – $36,716.40
· 1960’S Boston Celtics Game-Worn and Signed green Road Jersey and Shorts – $34,190.40
· 1960 Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA National Championship Ring – $32,270.40
· 1977 Signed Official Wilson NBA Game Basketball used to score 25,000th point – $32,270.40
· June 6, 1976 NBA Finals Game 6 (Championship Clinching) Game Ball – $30,343.20
A second offering of several significant pieces from Havlicek collection will be a part of the July auction.
Full auction results are available at www.scpauctions.com.