The original Heisman Trophy presented to Notre Dame’s Tim Brown in 1987 sold for $435,763 over the weekend, making it the most valuable Heisman ever sold at public auction.
The trophy, which came with a letter of authenticity from Brown, was the top seller in Goldin Auctions’ latest catalog event. The price, which included a 20% buyer’s premium, surpassed the $399,608 paid for Rashaan Salaam’s Heisman when it sold at auction in January.
“We believe this is one of the most significant trophies to ever be offered at auction and collectors agreed as the bidding was fierce,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “It’s rare when a Heisman becomes available and even more unusual for it to be from an NFL Hall of Famer who played at the most storied college football program.”
Collectors of pre-War vintage baseball cards turned their focus to a near set of high-grade 1910 E98s from one of the hobby’s most famous discoveries. With its genesis in the Black Swamp Find in Ohio several years ago, the collection included 25 of the 30 cards in the set plus nine variations. The collection sold for $171,850. It ranks as the top-rated set on SGC’s Registry with 21 cards grading 9 or better.
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards continue to generate a crowd of bidders at any level. Goldin offered a PSA 5.5 example which wound up selling for $58,920. One of only 16 PSA 9 copies of the 1962 Topps Mantle (one higher) soared to $31,915.
Former Dallas Cowboy Dixon Edwards’ two rings from Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII combined to sell for over $76,000.
The first full game-worn uniform from the career of Shohei Ohtani, carrying MLB Authentication, netted $27,005, the same price paid for a mid-1960s game-worn Carl Eller Minnesota Vikings road jersey.
The auction included a few unusual items including a 2002 Aston Martin Vanguard automobile, created in commemoration of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 50-year anniversary and signed by dozens of former greats. It sold for $74,878. However, Le Bron James’ infamous Hummer, given to him as a gift during his high school days, didn’t meet the reserve price.
The handcuffs placed on the wrists of Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963 sold for $76,105.
Complete results can be found on the company’s website.
Goldin Auctions is currently accepting consignments for its 2019 Winter Auction.