Basketball and soccer cards were among the six-figure sellers at Goldin Auctions late Saturday night.
The first half of the company’s two night Premium Sports Card and Memorabilia Auction saw a 2002-03 Upper Deck Logomania Kobe Bryant 1/1 autograph card sell for $555,960–the second highest price ever paid for a card featuring the late Hall of Famer.
The two-day auction totaled more than $21 million in sales.
High-end soccer cards continue to attract a worldwide audience. One of the star attractions among numerous issues Goldin offered was a 1/1 2019 Topps Chrome Bundesliga Superfractor of Erling Haaland that rocketed to $442,800–the most paid for a soccer trading card since the company sold a 1979 Diego Maradona sticker for $555,960 in April.
A PSA 10 2004 Mega Cracks Lionel Messi rookie card sold for $344,400–a record price for a card featuring the soccer legend.
Buying a 24-pack box of 1961-62 Fleer basketball back during its release would have cost you $1.20. Goldin offered a BBCE-inspected box and bidders chased it deep into the evening with the product containing Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West rookie cards–among others–finally selling for a record $4461,250.
Among the other records set: the most expensive female athlete trading card ever, with the sale of a rookie card of U.S. soccer legend Mia Hamm for $34,440.
A 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card graded PSA 10 settled at $270,600 while a 2015 Panini National Treasures 1/1 Platinum autographed rookie card of NBA MVP Nikola Jokic found a new home for $62,730, the most ever paid for a card of “The Joker.”
A 2012 Prizms Finite Mike Trout card graded BGS 9.5 became the highest selling Prizm baseball card of all-time when it sold for $94,710.
Other lots included:
- One of only two of Lou Gehrig’s game-used Hanna Batrite R2 Model Bats sold for $246,000
- 2018 National Treasures Luka Doncic Rookie Patch Auto /99 BGS 9.5/Auto 10 (pop 35) sold for $248,460
- A 1952 Berk Ross Mickey Mantle card sold for $168,000, a record for any Berk Ross card
- A Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) hand cut rookie card sold for $98,400
- An O-Pee-Chee Unopened Wax Pack of hockey cards, featuring a Wayne Gretzky rookie card on back, sold for $81,180, a record for any O-Pee-Chee pack
Prices reflect a 23 percent buyer’s premium. However, if winning bidders pay on time and don’t use a credit card, the premium is 20 percent.