You may need a forklift to pick up Heritage Auctions’ next catalog. The Dallas-based company says it will have nearly 4,000 lots of cards and memorabilia up for grabs during its May Signature Auction. The event is so large, it’s been divided into three sessions, presented on consecutive evenings between May 14 and 16. Preliminary bidding is already underway at HA.com.
“By volume alone,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage, “the sale represents the single largest major sports collectibles event of the decade.”
The first session, which enters extended bidding at 10 pm on May 14, will feature over 30 sets on the PSA Registry including N28, N43, N162, E90-1, M110, T202, T207, 1914 Cracker Jack, and 1933 Sport Kings. Also on the docket are hundreds of rare and high-grade single cards and group lots spanning all eras, sports and issuing bodies.
Notable lots include the number three ranked 1914 Cracker Jack set, one of the era’s most challenging rarities, which is being broken up and sold card-by-card. Several rare and high-grade Babe Ruth cards from his rare1916 Weil Baking rookie (current bid at $77,675) to the1933 Goudey, and a complete 1986 Fleer Basketball wax box are among the other lots.
Session Two, focusing on memorabilia, will be highlighted by the robe the young Cassius Clay wore into the ring to claim his first Heavyweight Championship in a historic 1964 upset of Sonny Liston. The latest installment of the John Kindler Collection includes more game worn jerseys and helmets from college and pro football.
Numerous game-used bats will be up for bid including an early 1920s Babe Ruth model, with a letter from the grandson of American League umpire Joseph Paparella, who took advantage of his proximity to legends to build an early personal memorabilia collection. The sale also includes the only known example from Hall of Fame umpire Jocko Conlan, and a Triple Crown-season gamer from Frank Robinson.
Session Two also includes championship rings, autographs, game used material, programs and tickets and various other items.
Session 3 features more modestly-priced material from both the trading card and memorabilia realms. Other highlights of this auction include: