Items from long ago icons join memorabilia from sports’ biggest current stars in Goldin Auctions’ new catalog. A total of 629 lots of sports, entertainment and historical artifacts opened for bidding Monday. The 53 premium lots will be sold at a live auction on April 28 at the NYY Steakhouse in New York City with the remaining items to be sold at GoldinAuctions.com, through May 5.
“By offering this historic Koufax jersey, Ali’s most important fight robe, DiMaggio last World Series bat, ten lots of Jordan game worn jerseys and sneakers among the 629 lots, this is surely an auction with the focus more on quality than quantity,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We look forward to an active month of online bidding and a record-breaking night in New York City on April 28.”
The auction is open for bidding at GoldinAuctions.com. Here’s a look at some of the marquee items in the Spring Premium catalog:
Lot #19 – 1963 Sandy Koufax Game Used & Signed LA Dodgers Road Jersey Cy Young Season (MEARS 9.5 & Beckett) – Koufax donned this classic Dodgers road flannel jersey during that magical summer of 1963 in which he earned N.L. Cy Young and MVP Awards. The Rawlings gray road jersey has a Rawlings size 44 label sewn in the lower left front tail and “Koufax 63” is chain stitched below in blue thread. Koufax signed the jersey above the label in blue marker, adding “1963 W.S. Champs.”
For a recent comparison, a 1955 Koufax game-worn jersey recently sold for $667,000.
Lot #4– 1951 Joe DiMaggio Game Used Hillerich & Bradsby D29L Model World Series Bat (PSA/DNA GU 10) – Former Yankees batboy Joe Carrieri wrote in his book about receiving this bat from DiMaggio who retrieved it from his locker, which still had his effects from the World Series. The bat comes with a GU10 rating from PSA/DNA and an LOA from MEARS (A 9.5) and an LOA from Carrieri.
Lot #41 – 1965 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Robe from Ali- Liston 2 – Although the fight was a rematch with Liston, it would be the first time Ali would enter the ring under the name Muhammad Ali and as a result he had it proudly emblazoned across the back of the white robe in red lettering. The historic fight is best remembered for the “phantom punch” and the famed Neil Leifer photo of Ali standing above the defeated Liston.
The robe comes with a notarized letter of provenance from John Pradella who was gifted the robe immediately after the fight by Angelo Dundee and a LOA from noted boxing expert Craig Hamilton.
Lot #26 – 1934 Babe Ruth Signed Yankees Player Contract PSA/DNA –Ruth’s last Yankees contract is stamped “JAN 16 1934” on its cover and dated “Jan’y 15th” on the interior signature page. The contract notes his 1934 salary as “$35,000.00.” The contract is signed on the interior page “George H. Ruth” in black fountain pen. Co-signing are Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and general manager Ed Barrow.
The 1934 season, in which he hit .288 with 22 homers turned out to be the Babe’s final with the Yankees.
Lot #3 – 1929-30 Babe Ruth Game Used Louisville Slugger R34 Bat – Bone Rubbed (PSA/DNA GU 10) – – Offered for the first time, the bat dates to the prime of Ruth’s career. According to Goldin Auctions, the center brand is the C-5B variation that was used on bats ordered between 1928 and 1931. To further narrow the dates, the weight of the bat corresponds to those ordered by Ruth in 1929-1930.
There are two distinct characteristics found on Ruth game used bats that are present on this bat: left barrel contact area and scoring to the handle and barrel. Green paint streaks from bat trays can be seen on its barrel and “Yankees 1930” has been hand written in vintage fountain pen above the center brand.
Lot #33 – 1984-85 Michael Jordan Rookie Season Bulls Road Jersey (MEARS A8) – The size 42 Rawlings all mesh red road jersey comes with a letter from MEARS, which graded it A8.
In all, the auction includes seven lots featuring Jordan game-worn jerseys and three lots of Jordan game-worn sneakers.
Lot #7 – 2011 Mike Trout MLB Debut Bat Used for Many Career Firsts –The Old Hickory J143 model bat was used by Trout during many of the “MLB firsts” of his ever-progressing Hall of Fame career including: his debut game; first hit; his first career RBI; and his first extra base hit. PSA/DNA photo matched it to six games in July 2011. The bat is un-cracked and comes with a full and detailed LOA from PSA/DNA and has been given a perfect grade of GU 10. Included in this LOA from PSA/DNA are six separate photo matches of Trout using the bat.
Lot #2 – 1968 Willie Mays Game Used & Signed Giants Home Jersey (MEARS A9.5 & Beckett) – Although 1968 was known as the year of the pitcher, the 37-year-old Mays batted.289 with 23 homers to bring his career total to 587. The jersey comes with an LOA from MEARS and has been graded A9.5.
Included with the MEARS LOA are the working notes of Dave Grob and an LOA from Dick Dobbins of San Francisco Giants Memorabilia. There is also a LOA from Steve Grad of Beckett Authentication for the signature.
Lot #1 – 2017 Aaron Judge Game Used, Signed, Inscribed and Photo Matched Two Home Run AJ992 Model Bat from Record-Setting Home Runs #28 & #29 – Judge used this bat to tie DiMaggio’s Yankees rookie home run record on July 4-5 versus Toronto. Home run #28 traveled 456 ft. and dented the Frank’s Hot Dog Sign in center field. Judge hit #29 the following afternoon to tie DiMaggio’s rookie home run record.
Judge has signed the barrel in silver pen adding “2017 Game Used Rookie HR Record ROY.” The bat has been photo-matched and carries their authentication (9.5). There is also a MLB Authenticated hologram for the game use and a LOA from Anderson Authentics for the signature.
Lot #21 – Jackie Robinson Single Signed Baseball Dated 8-28-66 (PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10) – Goldin Auctions calls this the “world’s best” Jackie Robinson autographed ball. The C.S.G. Official League ball has been signed “Best Wishes Jackie Robinson 8-28-66” in crisp black pen. Robinson’s signature is found on the sweet spot, as opposed to the side panel as was his custom.
Lot #37 – 2015 LeBron James NBA Finals & Eastern Conference Finals Game Used Jersey (NBA/MeiGray) – James wore the jersey for a half during Games 1 and 2 of the conference finals and the second halves of both Game 1 and Game 2 of the NBA Finals. He finished with a career Finals-high of 44 points in Game 1, and a triple-double in the second half of Game 2.
Lot #40 – 1990-91 Wayne Gretzky Game Used & Signed LA Kings Home Jersey (Gretzky LOA, Team LOA, MeiGray) – This Kings home jersey dates to the 1990-1991 season in which Gretzky led the NHL in points and assists, earning him the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and his ninth Art Ross Trophy. Gretzky signed the right chest of this Kings home jersey in black marker, adding his number “99.”
In addition to the MeiGray letter, it also includes signed 1991-dated letters of provenance from Gretzky, James Fox and Peter Demers of the Kings, authenticating game use and Gretzky’s signature.
Lot #45 – Historic 1992 Tonya Harding Competition Worn Black Costume from 1992 Nationals and Olympics —Tonya Harding wore this black sequin-trimmed skating outfit before the scandals to which she’ll forever be linked and from the time when she became the first American woman to land a triple axel in completion.
The outfit comes with a signed LOA from Harding attesting to her wearing it at the 1992 Nationals, 1992 Olympic Games and 1992 Tour of Olympic & World Champions and a COA from JSA for the signature on the letter.
Lot #54 – Dave Bing’s Personal NBA’s 50 Great Players Autographed Lithograph– One of a limited number of framed lithographs presented to one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996. It is hand-numbered 1/1 Bing to indicate it as Bing’s personal copy.
Lots #240-242 – 2013 & 2015 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champion Rings and Ring Top Pendant & Necklace – Three separate lots, which include a pair of Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship rings from 2013 and 2015 and a 2015 Top Pendant & Necklace from strength & conditioning coach Shane Lawson.
Lot #148 – 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Unopened Wax Box (36 Packs; BBCE Certified)
Lot #103 — 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card (PSA MN 7)
The deadline for consigning an item to the company’s next internet-only auction is May 15. The consignment deadline for the Goldin Auctions Summer Premium & Live Auction is May 31. To consign an item, visit GoldinAuctions.com or email [email protected].