A game-used Jackie Robinson bat dating from 1949 and a rare T206 Ty Cobb card sold for record prices in a sports memorabilia auction over the weekend. Somewhat overshadowed by the national publicity attended six lots of Kobe Bryant memorabilia, the two baseball pieces were among six items that sold for more than $50,000 each in the catalog sale conducted by Goldin Auctions.
In all, the auction of more than 1,150 items generated total winning bids of more than $2.4 million.
The Robinson bat was the only one from his MVP season known to have ever been offered at auction. Graded PSA GU-9, it sold for $159,867, a record for a Robinson bat.
The T206 Ty Cobb was one of about a dozen known examples of the card featuring an ad for Ty Cobb Tobacco on the reverse, a short-lived plug tobacco brand that used Cobb’s name in an effort to boost sales. Graded PSA 1 (Poor), it sold for $120,109, a record for the card in that grade. The tobacco originally came in tins with the card inside.
Six lots of early Kobe Bryant memorabilia including NBA All-Star and Championship rings, high school uniforms and medals sold for a combined $433,531 when the month-long auction closed early Saturday morning. As part of the sale, Goldin Auctions is donating $62,565 to The Bully Project, a charity supported by Bryant. The donation to The Bully Project represents 50% of the final bid price of four of the items (* indicated below).
“Collectors surely recognized that these are historically significant pieces of memorabilia that are rarely made available for a player like Kobe Bryant,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “Fresh on the heels of selling the Honus Wagner T206 card for a record auction price of $2.1 million this spring, we are certainly thrilled with the response collectors had to these items.”
Lot #13 – Kobe Bryant 2000 Lakers NBA Championship Ring 14K-40 Diamonds (Laker Issued Player Ring Gifted by Kobe to Joe Bryant – size 11 ½ – same as Kobe’s) – $174,184
Lot #15 – Kobe Bryant’s 2000 NBA All-Star Game Ring * – $55,597
Lot #16 – Kobe Bryant’s Lower Merion H.S. game used #33 maroon uniform (shirt & shorts)* – $50,450
Lot #17 – Kobe Bryant’s Lower Merion H.S. game used #33 white uniform (shirt & shorts)* – $41,694
Lot #18 –Kobe Bryant’s 1996 Magic’s Roundball Classic All Star Medallion and Ribbon* – $3,453
Lot #1 – Dated 1855, the Constitution and By-Laws from the Excelsior Base Ball Club of Brooklyn is perhaps the oldest such document of its kind – in fact it’s older than the edition currently on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. The final price of $52,773 is believed to be a record for this type of book.
Lot #5 – T206 Partially Graded Set of 337 cards – $24,031
Lot #8 – 1947-49 Yogi Berra game-used catchers’ mitt signed by the Hall of Famer – $61,120
Lot #10 – Thurman Munson temporary airman certificate $4,926
Lot #12 – Hakeem Olajuwon’s personal copy of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players montage– $72,071
Lot #38 – Derek Jeter Game Used and Signed Fielder’s Glove – a record for a non-milestone event player glove – $48,647
Lot #44 – Gil Hodges 1950’s game used Brooklyn Dodgers warm-up jacket -$15,496
Lot #98 – 1964-65 Hillerich & Bradsby game used bat from Roger Maris (PSA/GU 9.5) – $10,582
Lot #270 – Mickey Mantle signed 1950’s A.L. baseball – $12,224 – believed to be a record for a non-inscribed single signed Mantle ball