Andy Sandler is no stranger to the auction business. In fact, you might say he was one of the pioneers in what has become an omnipresent segment of the sports memorabilia industry. Long-time collectors may remember Teletrade, the phone-based auction business that once moved 5,000 lots each week. Venture capitalists owned it and sales exceeded $10 million per year at a time when high end sports memorabilia was still in its infancy.
Sandler ran Teletrade’s auctions but the company was eventually sold to Greg Manning Auctions. He continued to build his own collection, though, and now he’s back in the bidding business with the launch of All Sports Auctions, an online operation that just opened its first event.
Sandler says All Sports will have “a little bit of everything for every budget.” His first auction, set to conclude April 11, includes a variety of pieces including:
- Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman Chicago Bulls game used, autographed jerseys
- Program to Roberto Clemente’s first game
- 1973 NBA All-Star Game program with 32 autographs
- 1988 NBA All-Star Game program with 41 autographs
- First ever New York Mets program from 1962
- First ever Milwaukee Braves program from 1953
- 1961 Topps Roger Maris All-Star high number PSA 9
- 1918 and 1920 World Series scorecards
- 1908 New York Highlanders (Yankees) schedule
- Vintage game-used and store model equipment
The auction features over 200 lots representing all sports.
Buyers will pay a 15% premium. Sellers are charged 10%. Sandler is already accepting consignments for his second auction with a $100 minimum value.
Actively involved in the hobby since 1973 when he paid $1 to set up a table at the Southern California Sports Collectors Club shows, Sandler has been a consultant for price guides, a writer in various hobby publications, and his expertise utilized on various television and radio programs over the years. Even though he’s spending a lot of time getting the new auction company going at his base in the state of New York, Sandler says he is still a hobbyist at heart, specializing in early basketball items.
“I was a collector at age 7 and I’ll still be at it when I’m 77,” he said.
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