The first PSA 9 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth sold for over $300,000 but that wasn’t the only record set in an auction that took place during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland.
A Mickey Mantle Yankees cap, a Tom Brady jersey/uniform, a 1967 Roberto Clemente card, a 1979 Steeler Super Bowl ring, a football helmet and a 1914-15 Nap Lajoie bat also set new milestones in Goldin Auctions’ Summer Live and Premium sale. In all, nine items sold for more than $75,000 with two surpassing $300,000.
“Our annual event during The National is always special, but this was a truly remarkable night with great energy in the room and a flurry of bidding by our live guests as well as online and phone bidders,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions.
Here’s a look at some of the auction highlights:
Lot #21- 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth PSA MINT 9 – One of just six examples at its tier (with only one graded higher) among more than 1,000 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, this was the first 9 to come to auction in more than a decade. (**RECORD PRICE: $319,150)
Lot #2 – 1914-15 Nap Lajoie Game Used Hillerich & Bradsby 40k Model Bat (PSA/DNA GU 8) – One of what are believed to be just two other surviving game used Lajoie bats in existence, and unlike this one, the other two bats have blank barrels with no Lajoie signature stamping. (**RECORD PRICE $136,252)
Lot #13- 1961 Mickey Mantle Game Used New York Yankees World Series Cap (MEARS) — Randy Nicklas, the personal charter pilot for the Yankees and Football Giants during the 1950’s and 60’s was gifted this hat by Mantle after the final game of the 1961 World Series. The most ever paid for a Mantle cap (**RECORD PRICE: $94,517)
Lot #36 – Historic 2008 Eli Manning Game Used New York Giants Helmet Photo Matched to Super Bowl XLII on 2/3/2008 vs New England – The helmet worn by Manning when he threw the historic “David Tyree helmet catch” pass – Manning’s iconic career highlight and the greatest play in Super Bowl history. The highest price ever paid for any football helmet (**RECORD PRICE: $81,015)
Lot #34 – 2004 Tom Brady Game Used & Photo Matched Patriots Road Uniform from Super Bowl Season – Two white strip tags with “BRADY vs. MIAMI 12/04 road” and “12-04 vs. MIAMI MNF road” are sewn in the pants and jersey. The MeiGray-authenticated uniform resulted in a price that was the most ever paid for a Brady jersey or uniform (**RECORD PRICE: $81,015)
Lot #38 – 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Player Ring. Most ever paid for a ’79 Steelers ring (**RECORD PRICE $72,422)
Lot #27 – 1967 Topps #400 Roberto Clemente (PSA GEM MT 10; 1 of 2). Highest price ever paid for this card in this grade. (**RECORD PRICE $44,190)
Lot #3 – 1897 Cap Anson Game Used J.F. Hillerich & Son Model Bat – His Last Game Used Bat – (PSA/DNA GU 10 & Letter of Provenance) – The only game-used Anson bat in existence, it was used by the 45-year-old during his final game.
(FINAL PRICE: $349,837)
Lot #4 – 1932 Babe Ruth Game Used & Signed Hillerich & Bradsby 4-18-32 Model Bat (PSA/DNA GU 9.5) – Fresh to the Hobby, this bat was used by Babe during his last great season in the majors. Ruth’s signature on the back barrel has been authenticated by PSA/DNA.(FINAL PRICE: $147,300)
Lot #42 – Jim Palmer 1976 Cy Young Award – The third of his Hall of Fame career awarded after a season in which he won 22 games, pitched 23 complete games, six shutouts and recorded a 2.51 ERA. Includes LOA from Jim Palmer. (FINAL PRICE: $92,062)
Lot #75 – 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil #279 Derek Jeter Rookie Card PSA GEM MT 10 – Among more than 14,400 copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just 22 have been rated 10 by PSA. (FINAL PRICE: $76,015)
Lot #85 – Bold Lou Gehrig Signed Official A.L. Baseball (PSA/DNA & JSA) – Comes with a LOAs from JSA and PSA/DNA for the signature. PSA/DNA has graded Gehrig’s signature a 6. (FINAL PRICE: $53,396)
Lot #45 – 1997-98 Michael Jordan Sporting News NBA Player of the Year Award produced by Tiffany (FINAL PRICE: $47,872)
Lot #57 – 2018 LeBron James Eastern Conference Finals Game Used Cavaliers Road Jersey Game 1 versus Boston (FINAL PRICE: $36,825)
Lot #40 – Mike Singletary Hall of Fame Ring. (FINAL PRICE $34,983)
Lot #65 – Barry Bonds Game-Used Bat – Used to hit four home runs (FINAL PRICE $31,915)
Lot #55 – Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers Game-Used Jersey (FINAL PRICE $24,550)
The corresponding catalog auction is open for bidding through August 11 at GoldinAuctions.com.
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