Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl LI ring has been sold for $1.025 million, according to Fanatics. It’s by far the most ever paid for a Super Bowl ring.
The New England Patriots owner put the ring into the Fanatics ‘All in Challenge,’ a fundraising auction to benefit COVID-19 causes. It was created by the team after they won their fifth Lombardi Trophy under Kraft’s ownership, a come from behind win over the Atlanta Falcons.
The 5.1 carat-weight ring, crafted with 10-karat white gold, was the largest Super Bowl ring created at the time.
Certainly big money compared to where they were a month ago, but those two sales happened not long after the larger, record-breaking sale of another MJ rookie for $99,630 on Wednesday night via Goldin Auctions. That’s a lot of money–even for the hobby’s hottest card–in a short time frame.
A little earlier Thursday night, a BGS 9 1984-85 Star Company Jordan netted $34,600 and a 2003 Exquisite Collection Limited LeBron James Rookie Patch Autograph numbered to 75 and graded 9 by BGS went for $161,716.
Several other high-end cards also sold in a basketball-centric auction conducted by PWCC.
“Sports Card and Memorabilia Week” continues at The Athletic, with the online sports magazine offering up a heaping helping of extremely well-written hobby stories.
We’ve linked to a couple of them this week. Some notable stories from Thursday included a feature on the loyalty of pitcher Chris Sale to a Chicago area hobby shop owner who has become his autograph agent. Despite overtures from the big companies, Sale has stuck with Dennis Sidler of Sid’s Graphs, despite his move to Boston and the two have become friends. Sale’s fee? Usually a piece of memorabilia from his own collection.
Another piece focused on the process of well-known former players or their families turning over mountains of memorabilia collected during their life and career.
In all, there are over 30 hobby-related stories on the website/app.
ESPN.com has a feature story about the Topps Project 2020 cards.
Writer Aiden Gonzalez tracked the process of creating five of the most popular cards from the series and spoke with the artists who made them.
The 4th Series of 1960 Topps baseball includes a Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron and Willie McCovey, among others. Sometime soon, vintage pack breaker Just Rip It will open up a cello pack.
It’s an “Equity Pack” meaning that for $275 per share, you can share in whatever proceeds come from the eventual sale of the cards are inside. There’s no guarantee the pack holds any of those guys, of course, and it’s impossible to say how they’ll grade, but it should be a fun one to watch.
The pack will be open when the shares sell out and there are four spots remaining as of now.
MeiGray Auctions has launched its latest goal puck auction.
There are 20 pucks in all, each claimed by an off-ice official and registered into the MeiGray database. All are from the 2019-20 season.
Bidding continues through June 10.