While the last holiday weekend of the summer is getting underway, Heritage Auctions will launch a fresh online catalog, with over 700 items on the block. The September Showcase Auction will offer a mix of lower cost items and a handful of premium lots, but the bulk will feature a wide cross-section of collector-oriented vintage and modern items.
Among the key items are several vintage cards from the career of soccer legend Pele, including his 1958 Alifabolaget rookie card graded PSA 2.5 that’s expected to sell for $60,000 or more.
The auction also includes another rare international card of a global sports icon: Muhammad Ali. The 1962 hand cut issue from the Rekord Journal, a Swedish publication, is one of five graded PSA 9 (none higher). It’s the second earliest card featuring Ali, then known as Cassius Clay. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $20,000 or more.
Multiple complete sets of 1986-87 Fleer basketball and additional lots featuring Michael Jordan rookie cards will be offered, most of which are of the high-grade variety. One of 12 1984 Olympic jerseys, commissioned by an American collector from the Japanese company that created the originals and signed by Jordan, is also up for grabs.
The auction also features nine different Shohei Ohtani cards including a 2020 Archives Signature Series re-issue of his 2018 Topps Chrome rookie card, carrying the two-way sensation’s autograph. The 1/1 card graded BGS 9.5 is expected to fetch $25,000 or more.
The auction includes a number of key rookie cards across different eras including 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, 1954 Topps Hank Aaron, 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente and Sandy Koufax, high-grade copies of the 2003-04 Topps LeBron James and a 2009-10 Topps Chrome Refractor of Steph Curry and a 2009 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady, among others.
Vintage and current era unopened material is also part of the auction along with numerous pieces of memorabilia.
The auction is set to open this weekend and continue through September 25.