By Larry Canale Altuve — Baseball’s Best? Move over, Mike. For a few years now, we’ve heard a lot of “best player in baseball” arguments focusing on Mike Trout, with Bryce Harper often in the conversation. Well, both can step …
Records fell by the wayside for three Hall of Famers in Grey Flannel’s $2 million Summer Games auction. Game-worn relics from Johnny Unitas, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell all topped six figures in the sale.
The market for high-grade rookie cards continues to rise. the latest example was Memory Lane’s Spring Break Auction, where records were blown out of the water for Mays, Mantle Bowman rookie, along with many other vintage cards.
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.