A T206 Honus Wagner baseball card graded PSA 2 brought $657,200, slightly more than the last Wagner sold at auction at the Lelands.com Fall 2013 Catalog Auction, which closed early Saturday.
The last PSA 2 Wagner sold via Robert Edward Auctions in 2012 for $651,750. A few weeks before that, Memory Lane sold a different example for $654,500. A PSA 1 sold via REA last spring for $402,900.00.
Jackie Robinson’s 1947 Rookie of the Year Award with a letter from his widow, Rachel, sold for $401,968 in the Lelands auction. The trophy, which Robinson won for the season during which he broke baseball’s color barrier, was sold to an anonymous buyer.
Prices included a 19.5% buyer’s premium tacked on to all winning bids by the auction house.
The jersey worn by Christian Laettner when he made “The Shot” for Duke against Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA Tournament went for $119,500. The original street sign outside the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ebbets Field brought $58,852, St. Louis Cardinals legend Red Schoendienst’s National Baseball Hall of Fame Presentation Plaque sold for $46,999.
Collectors of vintage cards latched onto a Willie Mays card from the rarely seen 1961 Topps Dice Game, graded PSA 6. It soared to $30,995.
The auction also included hockey legend Gordie Howe’s game-used rookie skates and stick ($10,585), a 1971 World Championship Pittsburgh Pirates team signed baseball ($12,511), a huge collection of original George Burke negatives ($41,254), a 1944 St. Louis Browns “owner’s” ring ($27,754) and an 1870s-1880s Yale football and baseball collection including the earliest known Michigan program ($28,177).
Items from the Schoendienst Collection also included:
* 2004 St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship Ring (Realized: $7,684))
* 1985 St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship Ring (Realized: $14,617)
* 1987 St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship Ring (Realized: $7,500))
* 1957 Milwaukee Brewers uniform worn during the regular season and World Series (Realized: $13,288)
* Major League Baseball signed contract collection (Realized: $21,925)
* Mint Dizzy Dean single signed baseball (Realized: $20,317)
Numerous championship rings were sold including:
* 1944 St. Louis Browns “owner’s” ring (Realized: $27,754)
* 1999 New York Yankees World Championship Ring (Realized: $17,047))
* 1998 New York Yankees World Championship Ring (Realized: $14,088)
* 1976 Cincinnati Reds World Championship Ring (Reserve: $12,080)