The 1954 rookie Milwaukee Braves jersey of Hank Aaron received a lot of attention in the latest Heritage Auctions sale, which concluded April 22, with a sales total of nearly $3.8 million. Aaron himself said, in a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article, that as the jersey approached the estimated $200,000 mark, it would be more than he made for a good chunk of his carer.
Well, it was close, topping out at $167,350.
“Prices were consistent and strong throughout the entire auction,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports at Heritage Auctions, “with hundreds of lots surpassing our high pre-auction estimates and several more lots bringing record prices for type. We were extremely encouraged by the prices in this auction as well as in the trust that collectors put in us, as evidenced by the results we garnered across the board.”
This was just one of a number of top-selling lots in the sale. Here is a sampling:
$83,650 – 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Eddie Plank, graded SGC 50 VG/EX 4
$77,675 – 1947 Ted Williams Triple Crown season game-used vault marked bat
$71,700 – 1959 Topps Baseball complete set (572) – No. 6 on the PSA Set Registry
$53,775 – Circa 1950 Charles "Kid" Nichols single-signed baseball.
$44,813 – 1991 Nolan Ryan seventh no-hitter game-worn sersey with Ryan letter
$33,460 – 1940s Mel Ott single-signed baseball
$31,070 – 1924-26 Charlie Gehringer game-worn Detroit Tigers rookie jersey
$26,290 – 1955 Napoleon "Larry" Lajoie single-signed baseball
$26,290 – 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings – small team card graded SGC 20 Fair 1.5
$23,900 – 1933 Goudey Sports Kings Babe Ruth No. 2 PSA NM-MT 8
$23,303 – 1974 Super Bowl VIII Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings full, high-grade tickets lot of 448
$22,705 – 1961 Roger Maris game-used bat, used during historic 61 home run season
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