After selling a Honus Wagner bat for a record $442,800 and a pair of Michael Jordan jerseys for over $218,556 during the live portion of the event earlier this month, Goldin Auctions closed out its Summer Premium Auction over the weekend with a total of $6 million in sales.
Several industry records were set during the catalog auction including several for modern era rookie and prospect cards, plus the highest price ever paid for a Mike Schmidt game bat.
Trout & Company
Another current era Bowman Chrome card also netted a six-figure price when a 2013 Kris Bryant Superfractor (1/1), also graded 9.5, netted $111,930.
A 2003-04 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #127 LeBron James rookie auto (#5/250) graded BGS 10, generated a bidding war before closing with a realized price of $76,260.
The hot market for Tom Brady rookie cards continued with the sale of a 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket auto (#100/100) with a PSA 9 grade. It sold for $55,350 while an SGC 10 1993 Upper Deck SP Derek Jeter went for $51,660.
The stunner may have been the $51,660 paid for a 2018 Bowman Chrome Superfractor auto of Luis Robert.
Rated BGS 9.5 with a 10 autograph grade, it established the bar for cards featuring the White Sox youngster.
Bucks for Bats and Balls
The catalog sale also included numerous vintage cards and pieces of memorabilia, topped by a 1955 Jackie Robinson World Series bat which made its hobby debut, selling for $100,860. The Schmidt bat, dating to 1986 and matched to several late career home runs, sold for $34,440, the most ever paid for a Schmidt gamer. A PSA/DNA 10 Babe Ruth single-signed baseball reached $59,040.
A pair of milestone home run balls were sold including the 600th from Alex Rodriguez ($44,280) and Mark McGwire’s 500th ($40,990). ARod’s 600th home run bat netted $31,980.
The gloves worn by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo when they recorded the final out of the Chicago Cubs’ historic 2016 World Series victory didn’t sell. The opening bid for the pair of autographed and inscribed gloves was $250,000.
Other sales included a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 6 ($51,660), the late John Havlicek’s personal copy of the signed NBA 50 Greatest Players lithograph ($51,660) and a game-used, signed Trout jersey from 2015 ($31,980).
“This was truly a remarkable event and once again illustrates the health and vibrancy of the industry and the quality of the items we are offering,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “In addition to these individual records, we established new standards for the most individual bidders and bids Goldin Auctions has ever had in an auction. It was our second-highest grossing auction – trailing only the inaugural Great American Trading Card Auction which featured the $3.2 million sale of the Jumbo Wagner.”
Complete results are available at GoldinAuctions.com. The company is currently accepting consignments for the annual October Legends Auction and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Auctions in the fall.