A Kobe Bryant jersey worn during the last season opening night of his career and a game-used stick from Wayne Gretzky’s last NHL game are going up for auction.
They’re part of “Invictus” auctions of high end sports memorabilia being promoted by Sotheby’s that also includes a pair of Nike “Waffle” trainers worn by track and field icon Steve Prefontaine, who was the first athlete ever signed by Nike.
All three items are expected to sell for six figure prices and are among 17 lots announced Friday by Sotheby’s.
A Michael Jordan jersey worn in Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals we wrote about earlier this month is expected to sell for $3-$5 milliion when bidding opens September 6.
A game-worn jersey from last season’s Rookie of the Year is among the current listings at NBA Auctions—and it’s a throwback to the old days.
The “City Edition” Scottie Barnes jersey carries the old 1990s Toronto Raptors “dribbling dinosaur” logo on front, albeit in a different color than the originals.
Barnes wore the jersey during the Raptors’ 114-109 loss to the Miami Heat on April 3.
Bidding is closing in on $6,000 with the auction set to run through September 8.
A 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie sticker sold for $9,300 last weekend—the highest price for any Jordan card graded by CSG.
The card went to auction as part of the recent partnership between CSG and PWCC in which users can submit raw cards and have them graded for $20 with a 10-day turnaround and have them immediately sent to auction.
In the four months since that announcement, PWCC says more than 12,000 cards have been received for grading through the service. The company now has a similar partnership with Beckett.
“When you think about the fact that these cards likely would have remained raw and unsold – or sold at raw price points – you realize how important it is to provide streamlined grading pathways that remove the barriers traditionally associated with the grading process,” says Chris Callahan of PWCC. “Grading partnerships open up new liquidity options and get cards in the hands of more collectors.”
eBay says the recent sale of this Connor McDavid The Cup Rookie Patch Autograph (# to 99) for over $200,099 set a record for the most expensive hockey card ever sold on the platform.
It beat the old record held by a high-grade Wayne Gretzky rookie–by $99.
BuySportsCards.com, which launched earlier this year and quickly grew its inventory to more than two million cards, has launched its new bulk uploader tool for those looking to sell large numbers of cards.
In some cases, users can upload as many as 1,000 cards an hour when selling in quantity.
“We have already seen a dramatic increase in seller productivity in just the first 24 hours and are excited to continue to save so much time on the worst part of the process– actually listing the card,” company founder Conner Walden told SC Daily.
Listing cards for sale will remain free through at least the remainder of 2022.
Some new Topps release dates: Museum Baseball is set for Sept. 7…Bowman Inception and Five Star Baseball are both TBD in November while Archives will arrive sometime in October.