Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray or another college football star won’t be the only person receiving a Heisman Trophy on December 8. Several hours after the presentation of the 2018 Heisman Trophy in New York City, Goldin Auctions will award Tim Brown’s 1987 Heisman Trophy to a winner bidder.
The trophy has been consigned to Goldin Auctions’ 2018 Holiday Auction, set to open a week from Monday. It should bring a price that stretches well into six figures.
It’s the same trophy Brown earned 31 seasons ago while playing at Notre Dame, when he became the first wide receiver to win the annual award, averaging more than 21 yards per catch and returning three punts for touchdowns.
He sold the trophy privately last year and the buyer has consigned it to the auction. Heisman winners are now required to sign a waiver promising not to sell their award. Brown’s Heisman ring was sold by Heritage Auctions in 2012 for over $26,000.
Brown is one of just nine Heisman Trophy winners to also be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and, from that group, only O.J. Simpson’s original trophy has been sold at auction.
“We believe this is one of the most significant trophies to ever be offered at auction,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “It’s truly the memorabilia trifecta, being the sport’s most prestigious and valuable award given to an NFL Hall of Famer who played at the most storied college football program.”
Earlier this year the Heisman Trophy presented to Rashaan Salaam sold for a record $399,608, surpassing the previous record of $395,240 for Bruce P. Smith’s 1941 trophy.
The trophy will be one of nearly 1,000 lots in the auction, set to open November 19 at GoldinAuctions.com.