The 1941 Heisman Trophy Award presented to University of Minnesota star Bruce Smith two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor sold for $376,618 as SCP Auctions closed out its final auction of 2020.
The trophy had first sold to collector Gary Cypres when consigned by Smith’s family in 2005. It was on display at his Sports Museum of Los Angeles for several years.
The auction also included several World Series rings including Gil Hodges’ 1955 Dodgers ring from the club’s only title in Brooklyn. It sold for $91,151.
Rollie Fingers’ 1973 ring from his time with the Oakland A’s closed at $75,330. Hall of Famer Jesse Haines’ 1926 Cardinals ring went for $73,296 and Mike Marshall’s 1988 Dodgers ring netted $31,081.
A watch presented to Mickey Mantle, commemorating the team’s 1964 American League pennant generated a bidding battle that resulted in a final price of $136,718.
Championship jewelry from other sports included Rod Woodson’s Super Bowl XXXV ring from the Baltimore Ravens’ title ($75,205) and the Super Bowl VIII ring presented to Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie ($30,343).
A 1963 Boston Celtics NBA championship ring given to Hall of Famer Clyde Lovellette topped bidding for a collection of items from the estate of the Hall of Famer at $34,243.
The sale also included hundreds of vintage and modern sports cards, topped by a couple of modern basketball issues. A 1996-97 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Refractor graded PSA 10 established a record price at $121,324 while a 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card, also rated 10, went for $133,235.
A 1996-97 Flair Showcase Legacy Collection Bryant graded BGS 9.5 hammered at $40,954. A PSA 9 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie card closed at $91,000.
The eighth ranked 1961 Topps set on PSA’s Set Registry sold for $50,137 while a 1960 Topps set with each card rated 8 or better went for $45,578.
In all, the auction of more than 500 items generated $2.5 million.
Complete results can be found here.