Memorabilia from the collections of former basketball greats, high-end trading cards and additional items from Cal Ripken Jr.’s collection are among the major attractions in the new Goldin Auctions catalog.
The 2020 Holiday Auction is a big one with over 2,000 lots of memorabilia including sports, political historical, entertainment and music memorabilia.
Among the items attracting six-figure interest in the opening hours: one of just eight 1948-49 Leaf Jackie Robinson cards graded PSA 8 and a pair of rare cards featuring Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“Coming off of a record setting $16 million October auction, we believe the Holiday Auction will be the most anticipated auction of 2020,” said Founder and CEO Ken Goldin.
The 1/1 2013-14 Panini Prizm “Prizms Black Mosaic” Antetokounmpo graded BGS GEM MT 9.5 carried a $100,000 opening bid, which was quickly entered. One of the three 2013-14 National Treasures Rookie Patch Autograph cards (#54/99) to be rated PSA 10 had already reached $95,000 by late afternoon Monday.
Other key trading cards on the market include a 2003-04 Ultimate Collection #127 LeBron James Rookie Autograph (#037/250) graded BGS Pristine 10, PSA 10 rookie cards of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan and the 2011 Topps Finest Mike Trout Superfractor (PSA 5).
Goldin’s recent partnership agreement with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. resulted in an auction of key items from his career earlier this fall. More items are on the block this month, including the bat he used to hit a home run the night he tied Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games played along with his helmet and cap from the September 5, 1995 game at Camden Yards.
Michael Jordan memorabilia from the collection of long-time MJ confidant George Kohler is being offered, including autographed and game-worn goods from Jordan’s days in the NBA and his brief foray into pro baseball.
A small group of items from the collection of the late Hall of Fame NBA coach Jerry Sloan is up for grabs, too, including his personal, high-grade set of 1961-62 Fleer basketball cards, his 1996 USA Men’s Olympic Basketball team signed leather jacket and a collection of six game balls including his 700th, 800th, 900th, and 1000th Career wins as coach of the Utah Jazz.
Other NBA items expected to attract strong interest are a 1968-72 era Wilt Chamberlain Lakers game jersey and items from the career of 1950s-60s NBA legend Tom Gola. Backed by letters from Gola’s family, the jerseys include a 1959 Philadelphia Warriors road jersey and other from his time with the New York Knicks as well as an NBA All-Star ring presented to him in 1986.
Football-minded collectors have a chance to tackle some unique Bronko Nagurski pieces including his signed 1938 British passport and the dress shirt he wore during his Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement in 1963
Other high-profile items from outside the world of sports include the album signed by John Lennon on the night he was gunned down by Mark David Chapman (MB $400,000), two letters signed by the Beatles leading to their eventual breakup and the 1999 Pokémon Base 1st Edition #4 Charizard HolographicMBA Black Diamond card rated Pristine 10 by SGC.
The auction will close over two nights, with Session 1 (lots 1-418) ending on December 12 and Session 2 ending December 13 (lots 419 – 2101).