The hammer fell on Heritage auction Platinum Night auction over the weekend, with some amazing bids placed for some amazing pieces of memorabilia. Nothing hit seven figures, but you still had to shell out a lot of coin to play in this game.
The top lot in the auction wasn’t part of the “Miracle on Ice Collection,” but rather Lou Gehrig’s 1927-28 New York Yankees jersey, bringing $717,000. An early-to-mid Yankees cap belonging to Gehrig was also in the lineup, selling for $191,200. Gehrig held a prominent spot in the auction considering the personal items of 1980 U.S. Olympic icon Mike Eruzione were the star attractions of the auction leasing up to the event.
Eruzione’s jersey from the 1980 match-up vs. the Soviet Union in those 1980 Olympics, the game that would be known at the “Miracle on Ice” was second-highest selling item in the Heritage sale at $657,250. All prices are inclusive of the buyer’s premium. The hockey stick that was used to score the winning goal in that game brought $262,900. Eruzione’s jersey from the gold medal game in the 1980 Olympics sold for $286,800. The Eruzione collection in the sale brought $1.3 million itself.
A 1980 Olympic U.S. hockey gold medal, presented to Steve Christoff, secured a final bid of $418,250.
There were some truly one-of-a-kind pieces of memorabilia in the auction in the form of checks. One of which was the Mickey Mantle endorsed bonus check he received from the Yankees when he signed with the club as a 17-year-old. The check brought $286,800. Another pair of checks offered in the auction were related to the purchase of Babe Ruth by the Yankees from the Red Sox. The pair brought $95,600. There was also a 1931 Ruth signed and game-used bat that sold for $209,125.
Other high-end game-used bats in the auction included Mantle 1968 example ($89,625) and Ty Cobb’s 1923-25 beauty ($77,675).
A few other pieces that received considerable attention before the sale were Lew Alcindor’s 1969-71 Milwaukee Bucks jersey ($95,600), a 1927 N.Y. Yankees team-signed ball ($149,375), Curt Schilling “bloody sock” from the 2004 World Series ($92,613) and Wayne Gretzky’s 1991-92 Los Angeles Kings jersey ($77,675).
Heritage also offered a sampling of high-end vintage cards. Here are some of the results:
- 1910 T206 Eddie Plank SGC 40 - $65,725
- 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb Bat Off Shoulder PSA 8 – $26,290
- 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (signed) – $26,290
- 1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson PSA VG 3 – $19,120
- 1910 Tip Top Bread Honus Wagner SGC 50 – $17,925
- 1912 E270 Colgan’s Chips “Tin Tops” Joe Jackson SGC 20 – $11,950.
This and much more are available on www.ha.com. Check it out for complete results.