The bag used by Tiger Woods to win the 1997 Masters drew a crowd at Heritage Auctions’ recent sale. Some vintage baseball jerseys and cards also performed well.
Heritage Auction Galleries held its latest Sports Collectibles Signature Auction on late last month in Dallas. Heritage reports the auction realized $2,752,208 for 966 lots, although after-auction sales are still ongoing and could push the total even higher.
The golf bag that carried Tiger Woods’ clubs to his first Masters tournament victory in 1997 set what Heritage says is a modern golf auction record at $89,625. Nate "Tiny" Archibald’s Kansas City Kings shirt realized $17,925 and a Lebron James’ St. Vincent/St. Mary’s high school jersey almost doubling the next highest established major auction result at $8,365.
Vintage baseball jerseys were again popular in the Heritage auction. "The jersey believed to be the last Hank Aaron wore in Milwaukee before the Braves moved to Atlanta sold for $59,750," noted Auction Director Chris Ivy.
Other highlights of the auction included what Heritage called "The Finest Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Signed Photograph on Earth" which realized $38,837 after the buyer’s premium was added to the winner’s final bid. "This result more than doubled the average price for photos signed by this historic pair," Ivy said.
A rare 1968 Topps 3-D Baseball Uncut Sheet of 9 brought an impressive $47,800 while a 1948-49 Leaf Dom DiMaggio #75 PSA NM-MT 8 sold for $15,535.
"Our bidders threw their price guides out the window on this one," Ivy explained. "Sports Market Report lists this card at $3,000."
Other vintage card sales included:
1910 E93 Standard Caramel Co. Ty Cobb SGC 80 EX/NM 6 $21,510
American Caramel Co. Babe Ruth E121 SGC 84 NM 7 $22,705
1952 Bowman Small Football High Grade Complete Set (144) $17,925