There were plenty of high-end basketball, baseball, football and hockey cards sold at Goldin Auctions over the weekend, but the big news centered on two sports in which trading cards have been traditionally an afterthought.
The company sold a 1979 Panini Calciatori Sticker Diego Maradona rookie card graded PSA 10 for $555,960 and a PSA 10 2001 SP Authentic Golf #45 Tiger Woods Signed rookie card for $369,000–both were records for any card in their respective sports. A 2002-03 Panini Futebol Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo rookie PSA 10 sold for $236,160, setting an all-time record for any Ronaldo card.
A night after another of the 100 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Championship Ticket sold for over $2.2 million, another example (#005/100) graded BGS 8 with an autograph grade of 10 went for $1.08 million.
Gold was the dominant color for the modern basketball section of the catalog. A 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Gold #127 Luka Doncic Rookie Patch Auto sold for $627,300, setting a new record for the card. Early editions of Panini’s Prizm Gold parallels also proved to be fertile ground for big sales. A 2012-13 Prizm LeBron James sold for $585,480, an all-time record for any Lebron Prizm. A Gold Stephen Curry from that same set sold for $271,830, an all-time record for any non-rookie Steph Curry card. A 2012-13 Kyrie Irving gold rookie card sold for $199,260 a record high for any Irving card and a 2013-14 Prizms Gold Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie card sold for $522,750, also the most ever paid for that card.
Vintage card highlights included a PSA 8 1957 Topps Bill Russell rookie card at $399,750, a record for the grade, a 1949 Bowman #50 Jackie Robinson rookie at $522,750, the most ever paid for that card, a PSA 10 1967 Topps #581 Tom Seaver rookie card at $344,400, a record high for any Tom Seaver card and a PSA 9 1979/80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky rookie card at $271,830, an all-time record for a 9.
The three-part auction concludes with more cards and memorabilia on the block Monday and Tuesday nights.