The unique trophy that “crowned” Ted Williams for capturing the American League batting, home run and RBI titles in 1947 sold for $125,317 early Sunday morning as SCP Auctions wrapped up its Fall Premier Auction.
Consigned by the family of the late slugger, the Triple Crown trophy had been on display recently at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. After opening at $25,000, 13 bids were made before the auction closed.
Two other items in the auction surpassed six figures, including a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card graded PSA 8 which realized $133,435 including the buyer’s premium, and a photomatched 1984-85 Magic Johnson game-worn Lakers jersey, which closed at $126,680. The jersey had been in the possession of a long-time Hollywood agent.
Another item once donned by a basketball icon also generated strong interest from bidders: Oscar Robertson’s 1960 jersey from the Olympic Games in Rome. The blue durene Wilson jersey with Robertson’s #14 stitched on the front and back netted $90,983. SCP had previously sold the white jersey Robertson wore during that same Olympic competition, which ended with a gold medal for Team USA.
Several other jerseys and game-worn items sold included:
- 1969 Hank Aaron game-worn Braves jersey $68,357
- 1973 Hank Aaron game-worn Braves jersey $34,240
- December 17, 2006 Tom Brady game-worn uniform $66,725
- John Harrington 1980 Team USA ‘Miracle on Ice’ game jersey $62,249
- A pair of shoes worn by Michael Jordan in the 1997 NBA finals $33,359
- October 4, 2015 Peyton Manning game-worn Broncos helmet $28,605
Several autographed Mickey Mantle baseball cards from a one-owner collection were also among the featured attractions. Not surprisingly, it was the 1952 Topps card bearing a PSA 10-rated Sharpie signature that generated the biggest winning bid at $82,711. A signed Mantle rookie card reached $41,353 while six others sold for $4,000 or more.Sixteen lots of more than 8,000 baseball autographs, accumulated years ago by St. Louis area collector Dave Hill, netted a total of more than $41,000.
The sixth-best 1966 Topps baseball set on PSA’s Set Registry (8.0 GPA) opened at $5,000. Eighteen bids later, it realized $30,326.
A 1928 Yankees team signed ball with Ruth and Gehrig sold for $26,686 while a baseball signed by 11 original members of the Baseball Hall of Fame during the first induction weekend carried a $200,000-$300,000 estimate but didn’t meet the reserve price.
Complete results can be found at SCPAuctions.com.