Weekend bidding got heated during SCP Auctions latest sale, totaling $2.9 million. The auction was led by items from the Helms/LA84 Collection and the second part of the Newport Sports Museum collection.
In one of the annual sales of note in the hobby, REA’s spring auction totals more than $8 million, led by record prices for advertising posters, cards and Mickey Mantle jerseys.
The Babe Ruth watch got a lot of attention, propelling the relic to sell for more than $650,000 in SCP Auctions latest sale. The watch was joined by a Koufax Jersey and Satchel Paige’s HOF ring among the big bids placed in the weekend sale.
Among the highlights were a 2010 San Francisco Giants World Series ring selling for $42,480, Kobe Bryant’s Olympic sneakers autographed by all of his teammates selling for $38,561 and a one-of-a-kind Aston Martin Vanquish sports car produced for the 50th anniversary of the Basketball Hall of Fame and autographed by 50 NBA greats, which sold for a whopping $138,533.
The No. 1 lot failed to meet reserve, but that didn’t stall bidding at Goldin Auctions, where the company’s October Legends sale topped $2.65 million, led by the finest 1939 Play Ball set in the land ($202K).
The sale lineup was strong, but even Mile High had to be pleased with prices realized during its Oct. 10 sale. Among the highlights: $127K for a 1951 Bowman Mantle SGC 96, 1972 Topps Hank Aaron $20K and 1961 Fleer Basketball complete set $30K.
Vintage baseball cards still rule the market, as evidenced by a $125,332 sale price for a 1934 Goudey No. 37 Lou Gehrig card (SGC 10) and $51,450 for a 1916 Famous & Barr No. 151 Babe Ruth rookie card VG PSA 3. Both sold in SCP Auctions latest sale that topped $2.2 million.
In its second auction, Love of the Game Auctions is setting some trends, According to Auction Director Al Crisafulli, Love of the Game is a ‘go-to’ auction house for scarce T206 cards, prewar baseball and football items, high-grade postwar Hall of Famers, and difficult modern test issues.
Heritage Auctions rolled out its largest sports catalog auction to date, with more than 3,000 items available over a three-day period. The result was nearly $6 million in sales, led by examples from the “Black Swamp Find,” a Harmon Killebrew jersey and a 1970 Topps Baseball set.
With the first sale of the year in the books, Legendary Auctions looks forward to a big 2012. If the first auction with the Dreier Collection is any indication, it’s going to be fun. Here are the results from March.