Heritage Auctions says its total sales across all categories for 2018 surpassed $826 million.
In addition to sports auctions, the company offers sales in other collectible categories including coins, stamps, entertainment, books, history, wine and art.
Nearly 60 percent of 2018 sales – $487,632,348 – was transacted through the internet, a healthy 11 percent increase over 2017, when internet sales revealed a 26 percent increase against 2016 sales totals. Online sales have increased for four consecutive years.
“Our strategic plan embraces technology, expertise and unrelenting focus on building win-win relationships with bidders and consignors,” said James Halperin, Co-founder of Heritage Auctions.
Heritage says it set more than a dozen world auction records across several categories and special collections. Its Sports Department set the record price for any post-World War II card with the sale of a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 for $2.88 million. The department set two records for one lot: the most expensive post-war baseball jersey jumped by $550,000 when a Jackie Robinson 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers rookie jersey sold for $2.6 million through Heritage’s “Make Offer to Owner” program, about five months after it first sold for $2.05 million.
High-profile sales in World & Ancient Coins surpassed $54 million, a 10 percent increase over 2017.