Fanatics continues its rapid move into the sports card and memorabilia auction market, with its 2020 Holiday event set to open on Wednesday. The online platform will include high-grade vintage and modern rookie cards, autographs from baseball icons and game-used memorabilia. Over 200 lots will be offered.
A long-time major player in the online retail market for collectibles and apparel, Fanatics is looking to build momentum in the auction arena by not charging any of the typical buyer’s premiums and offering free shipping to buyers.
Multiple Babe Ruth autographs including one of the highest-rated Spalding “Babe Ruth Home Run Special” signed baseballs (PSA 8); a signed postcard and a cut signature will be among the headline items in the sale, which runs through November 12.
The auction will showcase a one-of-a-kind 2011 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts New York Yankees Murderers’ Row 8 Cut Signature Booklet that includes both Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and six other New York Yankees legends along with a 2010 Topps Tribute Legendary Lineups 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Cut Signatures Booklet with Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese and six other Brooklyn Dodger legends. It’s the first time the card has ever been offered at auction.
Vintage cards will include PSA 8 examples of the 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente and Sandy Koufax rookie cards, PSA 8 copies of the 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card one of the Ted Williams that bookend the set, a PSA 8.5 1957 Topps Johnny Unitas rookie card and a PSA 8 1948 Leaf Sammy Baugh rookie.
First-year cards of current players will include various examples of Mike Trout, Tom Brady, Zion Williamson, and Luka Dončić.
Its well-known partnerships with a myriad of athletes, teams and leagues will bring some exclusive pieces to the company’s auctions. The upcoming sale will have a 36”x48” canvas that features an autograph and 80-plus word inscription from Peyton Manning, who tells the story of his victory in Super Bowl XLI. Also exclusive to the auction will be several game worn and dated jerseys.
A 2009 Yankees World Series ring, game-worn jerseys from Derek Jeter and Aaron Judge, a team-signed 1937 Yankees baseball and another from the 1954 World Series champion New York Giants will also be among the top memorabilia items in the auction. In all, the sale will have 146 baseball items.
Registration is open now at Auctions.Fanatics.com.