Offered at auction for the first time, a Honus Wagner game model bat dating to the end of his Hall of Fame career sold for $442,800 in an auction conducted during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.
Goldin Auctions held the annual live event, offering several high-end pieces of memorabilia.
The bat was one of only two Wagner non-40K Louisville Slugger bats that have ever been graded. It is also the only Wagner 125 model that features his signature on the barrel and is the only known 125 signature model to be graded by PSA/DNA. The Louisville Slugger Museum confirmed the PSA/DNA opinion that the bat was ordered by Wagner during his final two seasons (1916-17) in the majors.
Among the other items sold:
- Michael Jordan’s jersey from the Bulls 94-80 victory in Game 4 of the 1998 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Charlotte Hornets. Sold for $137,760
- The jersey Jordan held during his introductory news conference following the 1984 NBA Draft ($81,180)
- Reggie Jackson 1969-70 game-worn, vest-style jersey matched to three of his 1970 Topps baseball cards ($40,590).
In all, the auction includes over 1,600 lots. Items in session two will stay open for bidding through August 10 at GoldinAuctions.com.