Pauley Jump Circle, Other Items Set Auction Records

The autographed original center court jump circle from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion sold for $325,085   in SCP Auctions’ April catalog event, which ended in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

SCP said the price for the Pauley jump circle was the most ever paid for any piece of college basketball memorabilia.

Winning bidders’ identities weren’t revealed.

Jump circle Pauley Pavilion John WoodenWhen the auction was announced in March, UCLA officials said they were hoping that the winning bidder would consider loaning the autographed hardcourt to the school so it could be put on display.

The original UCLA Pauley Pavilion jump circle was ground zero for one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports for 17 seasons. Home to UCLA athletic teams since 1965, the original court was the home of eight NCAA men’s national championship teams and the Bruins’ first women’s NCAA national championship team in 1978.

A 1925 Ty Cobb game-used bat and 1931 Lefty Grove game-worn uniform each went for $113,938 in the auction, which also included items from the collection of the late Hall of Fame NBA coach Red Auerbach.

Ted Williams purchase agreementOther highlights  included the sales of a historic Ted Williams signed 1937 Boston Red Sox rookie player assignment contract with photo ($107,314),  the only PSA 10 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky rookie card ($94,163) and 1915 Cracker Jack cards of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson ($68,368) and Ty Cobb ($60,667).

Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 rookie cardThe auction house  said the Gretzky rookie card set a record for the highest price ever paid for a hockey card and that the 1912 New York Giants World Series press pin realized price of $38,084 was the highest amount ever paid for any Series press pin.

All of the prices included SCP Auctions’ 20% buyer’s premium.

“We are thrilled with the level of interest in this auction,”said company president David Kohler.  “This auction offered some of the most historically-important sports memorabilia ever made available to the public.  SCP Auctions will continue our goal of delivering high-quality auctions with a wide variety of material for all ranges of collectors.”

The Cobb game-used bat was autographed and inscribed on Aug. 9, 1925.  The bat, dubbed “The Lake Oscawana Cobb Bat,” is among the elite Cobb game bats known in the marketplace, and believed by third-party experts to be the only known Cobb gamer to bear his non-personalized dated inscription.  It first surfaced in a MEARS online auction late last year.1925 Ty Cobb game used, autographed bat

Grove’s Philadelphia Athletics game-worn uniform dates back to circa 1931 Lefty Grove and is in original condition (Mears A9.5).

The Ted Williams contract is a historic document that brought a then 19-year old Williams to the Red Sox. The agreement, dated Dec. 7, 1937, was executed between the San Diego Baseball Club of the Pacific Coast League and the Boston American League Baseball Company and called for the Red Sox to give two players and $20,000 in order to obtain Williams.

The Cracker Jack cards are two of the of the hobby’s true crown jewels, card #30 and #103 from the 1915 Crack Jack issue featuring Ty Cobb and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson,respectively. Each is among the elite graded examples validated as such by their 96 MINT 9 assessment from SGC.

Top items from the first of three auctions that will include Auerbach pieces included his Boston Celtics NBA Championship rings from 1981 ($82,727), 1957 ($80,750), 1962 ($78,709), 1974 ($41,435); his 1968 Basketball Hall of Fame induction ring ($50,062); and a Bob Cousy Boston Celtics game-worn rookie jersey ($41,435).

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