The 2016 edition opened Monday with more than 900-lots of sports, history and pop-culture memorabilia. The catalog sale runs through December 3.
Goldin garnered worldwide media attention earlier this year when it sold the lone PSA 10 1979-80 OPC Wayne Gretzky rookie card for $465,000. This auction has a PSA 9 example which rocketed to $22,000 just after the auction’s launch Monday morning.
As the market for high-grade vintage sports trading cards continues to escalate, it’s no surprise that one of the highest graded 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card PSA NM7 is being offered. This version, (Lot #1) is familiar to collectors as it’s from “The Rosen Find” a trove of 1952 Topps high number cards uncovered in 1986 by hobby legend Alan “Mr. Mint” Rosen. With the buyer’s premium factored in, bidding had pushed into six figures by Monday afternoon.
Major game-used memorabilia includes a Tris Speaker game bat from Game 7 of the 1920 World Series graded PSA/DNA GU 8. Speaker was the player-manager of the Cleveland Indians team that won the World Series over Brooklyn during a season in which teammate Ray Chapman was killed by a pitch. Players passed out bats to jubilant fans after winning the Series. The bat was given to a youngster named Kenny Robenstein who kept it for 79 years, when it was passed to Kenneth Bottomley, great nephew of Hall of Famer Sunny Jim Bottomley.
Also up for bid is a 2001 Michael Jordan game-used, autographed Washington Wizards home jersey. Photo matched to the Dec. 19, 2001 game versus Atlanta in which he scored 23 points in a 103-76 victory, the jersey includes the 9/11 memorial patch that all NBA teams wore that season.
The most historic item being offered is Lot #2, the handcuffs belonging to Officer Ray Hawkins that were used to arrest Lee Harvey Oswald in the Texas Theater on November 22, 1963. According to the auction house, the handcuffs are one of the very few significant JFK-Oswald items that are not in the National Archives.
Since the Dallas Police Department made its officers and detectives buy their own handcuffs, Hawkins retained his private property after the assassination., Made by Smith & Wesson and bearing the serial number “38468”, they were originally issued to Officer Hawkins when he joined the Dallas Police Department in 1953. Hawkins used them throughout his career and retained them after he left the force. The handcuffs are accompanied by a signed and notarized affidavit from Hawkins describing his actions on November 22, 1963 and the role these handcuffs played in the capture of Oswald.
Other auction highlights include:
Lot #184 – 2000 Jim Leyritz NY Yankees World Series Ring – Comes in original presentation box and LOA from Leyritz.
Lot #107 – 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente Rookie Card PSA NM-MT8
Lot #11 – 1964 Beatles Multi-Signed “Please Please Me” Album PSA/DNA Mint 9
Lot #138 – 1969 Topps #260 Reggie Jackson Rookie Card PSA MINT 9
Lot #164 – 1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan Rookie Card PSA GEM MT 10
Lot #657 – 2012-13 Kobe Bryant Game Used Lakers Road Jersey
Lot #6 – 2005 Derek Jeter Game Used & Signed Glove from Gold Glove Season
Lot #3 – 2014 Mike Trout MVP Season Game Used and Signed Glove
Lot #10 – 2011 David Freese Game 6 Game-Tying Triple World Series Baseball
For more information or to register and bid, visit GoldinAuctions.com.