A 2003 Upper Deck Emblems of Endorsement LeBron James autographed rookie card sold for $240,875, pacing Hunt Auctions’ live sale on Saturday. Numbered 1/15, the card carries a BGS 8 grade (10 auto).
Also sold: a rare 1914 B18 Blanket Ty Cobb with red infield ($29,962) and a super scarce 1912 T227 Series of Champions Bruce Brown graded SGC A ($21,150).
Bidding for the PSA 9 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth that’s part of the Dr. Thomas Newman Collection being sold by Memory Lane has topped $2 million if you factor in the buyer’s premium.
The late physician’s 1916 Babe Ruth rookie card is at over $1 million.
The entire auction runs through July 10.
Clean Sweep Auctions says its last event, highlighted by that Herpolsheimer Babe Ruth rookie card, was the highest grossing auction in company history.
A smaller auction is underway now with the company’s next major event planned for September.
The private collector who purchased a bunch of items from Johnny Bench’s collection when the Hall of Fame catcher consigned them to Hunt’s auction last year, is now sharing them with various museums across the country.
One of Bench’s Gold Glove awards and two game-used bats are at the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum, according to WDRB-TV, which stopped by to show off what’s currently on display.
The Cubs star tells Matt Zahn of CBS 2 in Chicago that he’s been saving his own stuff since A ball. Baez says he owns the bat, jersey and two baseballs from the game in which he hit four home runs at Daytona back in 2013.
When most hitters belt a home run, they’re more inclined to keep using the bat but Baez says each time he hits one, that bat comes out of the bat rack and stays in his personal collection. He says he owns every bat with which he’s homered since his first season in the big leagues.
The bats and other memorabilia are kept at home and he says he’s hoping to open a museum at some point.