A lifelong Mantle fan is offering his entire collection through Mears Auctions, which includes Mantle contracts, awards and even a custom motorcycle. Two more auctions will take place later in January and into February.
Mile High offered a select lineup to close out 2013, resulting in a premium selection of goods that results in more than $1.2 million in sales, led by complete sets and impressive cards of Yastrzemski, Orr and Havlicek.
A PSA 8 Babe Ruth signed ball led the recent Memory Lane lineup at $60,617, but 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil Derek Jeter rookie card graded PSA 10 turned heads at $33,842.
The story is well known – Babe Ruth befriends a severely ill child named Johnny Sylvester and promises to knock a homer for him in the 1926 World Series. The signed ball from Ruth has been on display in museums and the story has been retold in film and in books. That famous signed ball, and other Sylvester artifacts, are now coming to auction.
The shoes Michael Jordan wore during Game 5 of the 1997 Finals, the “flu” game, received a lot of attention leading up to the Grey Flannel sale they were featured in. The result was a record price paid for any game-used shoes: $104,765.
Sam Snead’s 1949 Masters Championship Trophy realizes $143,400, and his 1969 Ryder Cup Captain’s Trophy sells for $131,450 during Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 6-7 sale in Dallas.
SCP Auctions’ latest sale featured a record price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia, as Jesse Owens 1936 Olympic gold medal tops $1.4 million. It was just one of the high-priced treasures in the sale.
Memory Lane closes out 2013 with an impressive lineup of high-grade cards, complete sets, signed beauties and even a 1956 Topps uncut sheet. Ring in the New Year with some treasures.
Grey Flannel Auctions’ current sale, ending Dec. 11, offers another amazing selection of game-used material, from Michael Jordan’s shoes form the “flu” game in the 1997 Finals to game-used jerseys from every sport and seemingly every star.
A T206 Walter Johnson (Portrait), graded PSA 9 netted $77,625 to lead the finest I Own It Now sale conducted by Memory Lane to date. Other highlights included a A206 Ty Cobb ($20,700) and 1954 Topps Al Kaline rookie ($15,812).