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).
With one week to go in bidding, Goldin Auctions already has some impressive bids in for some great pieces of memorabilia. A 1936-38 Lou Gehrig game-used bat is nearing $150,000, while the No. 1 1939 Play Ball in existence is at $118,000.
The cards coming out of the woodwork of late is astounding. The latest are a pair of scrapbooks containing Old Judge, Gypsy Queen and non-sports cards dating back to the 1800s. The Cambridge Collection, as it is dubbed, will be sold through Goldin Auctions.
With all of these high-end auction houses in the sports hobby, it’s always fun to see what they will dig up next. Goldin Auctions’ latest announcement is the discovery of a M101-6 Felix Mendehlson Joe Jackson card.
Goldin Auctions knows how to get people’s attention – give them some money. At the upcoming National Convention, Goldin Auctions is offering $1,500 in prizes to those who register to bid in the company’s upcoming auctions, as well as those who are already on their bidding list.
The number of record and top-selling items in Goldin Auctions’ $2.4 million sale are numerous. Kobe Bryant’s memorabilia brought $433, 531, while Jackie Robinson’s bat reached $159,867 and a T206 Ty Cobb with a Ty Cobb back (PSA 1) brought $120,109.
Goldin Auctions got press with Kobe Bryant memorabilia, but the auction is filled with cards, game-used beauties and tough signatures. A T206 Ty Cobb with Cobb back, Jackie Robinson bat from 1949 and a Yogi Berra mitt are just some of the treasures to be found.
Goldin Auctions was hoping to feature the motherload of all Kobe Bryant Collection, but after the Bryant family had a spat and made up, a half-dozen items remain in the auction lineup, including high school jerseys and championship rings.
When the dust settled, Goldin Auctions’ second sale had a total of $3.2 million in bids, led by a T206 Honus Wagner for $2.1 million. Other famous cards also did well, as did an iconic Knicks jersey.
Goldin Auctions kicked off its sale the last week of February, with big bids placed immediately. The headliner, a T206 Honus Wagner PSA 5(MC) is nearly at $1 million already and Ken Goldin feels that when the closing date of April 5 hits, $3 million isn’t out of the question. And there’s plenty more in the auction beyond the Wagner.