A 1983 Philadelphia 76ers championship ring awarded to guard Clint Richardson sold for $118,230 as SCP Auctions wrapped up its Spring catalog auction.
It was the third ’83 Sixers player ring to be sold at auction. SCP also sold Julius Erving’s ring for $244,239 in 2011. Bobby Jones’ ring, sold by a different auction house, went for $72K in 2011.
The skates worn by 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey goalie Jim Craig, autographed and inscribed, netted $97,710. Craig was one of the heroes of the “Miracle on Ice” team’s improbable run to gold 40 years ago.
The skates last sold in 2016 for $17,569 when Craig first put his collection of memorabilia up for auction.
One of five known baseballs signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt also drew a crowd of bidders. Signed just prior to World War II, the ball sold for $80,750.
Roosevelt was a big baseball fan, throwing out the first pitch at games on 11 different occasions. He was in attendance for Babe Ruth’s “called shot” in the 1932 World Series.
Two other key basketball items included an autographed 1984-85 Star Company Michael Jordan rookie card that went for a record price of $42,955 and a 2013-14 Kobe Bryant Lakers jersey worn during a Sports Illustrated photo shoot that reached $41,372. A game-worn 1955 Warren Spahn Milwaukee Braves home uniform sold for the same price.
One of three known 1901 soft cover first edition copies of Ernest Thayer’s famous “Casey at the Bat” sold for $46,147, over $36,000 more than the last sale, which took place in 2016.
Several higher-end graded baseball card sets also found new homes once the auction closed late Saturday night. The 15th best 1959 Topps set on PSA’s Set Registry (8.06), netted $45,578; the 20th best 1960 Topps set (8.01) sold for $41,372 and the ninth best 1964 Topps master set (8.06) went for $27,584.
All prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.