Records fell by the wayside in the latest Heritage Auctions event that tallied more than $6.2 million. Babe Ruth, Joe Jackson and Lou Gehrig took top honors in different collecting categories, with Ruth’s 1935 unworn jersey topping them all at $286,800.
As the Long Beach Expo approaches, more details on the event are being announced. The latest news is that Dennis Rodman will be appearing on the Saturday of the show’s run.
The Heritage Sports Collectible Auction is now underway, highlighted by some vintage classics, including more from the Black Swamp Find, along with early Dodgers jerseys and game-used equipment from Thurman Munson. Oh,and there is a fantastic Cincinnati Cabinet Photo Find.
Heritage Auctions pulled out some big pieces of memorabilia in its Platinum Night auction in New York, with several millions in sales. Leading the way was Lou Gehrig, Mike Eruzione’s collection of game-used items from the 1980 Winter Olympics and a memorable bloody sock.
The Miracle on Ice Collection isn’t the only headliners in the Heritage Platinum action closing Feb. 23. The auction includes many high-end signed items, like Mickey Mantle’s bonus check as a 17-year-old, Gretzky’s rookie contract and a series of checks involving the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees from the Red Sox.
Bidding is past $30,000 for Kareem’s rookie jersey, consigned by Dr. Patrick McBride, Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical Schools and the youngest major sports league equipment manager ever.
The Miracle on Ice Collection will include 22 items, including the jerseys Eurzione wore against the Soviet Union and the gold medal game, the stick he used to score the winning goal against the Soviets and the gloves he wore throughout the 1980 Olympics.
Heritage Auctions released its annual sales totals, which reached $20 million in sports and $860 million in sales company-wide across all of its divisions. In sports, the lead story was the Black Swap Find that general national media attention for its back story and the cards themselves.
For modern World Series artifacts, Curt Schilling’s bloody sock from the 2004 World Series is one of the most memorable. The sock is going from the Baseball Hall of Fame to the auction block, courtesy of Heritage Auctions, in its February sale.
The Long Beach Expo will have autograph guests for the first time in more than a decade, bringing in Magic Johnson, Jerry West and jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. to help draw in sports fans, along with a display of nine T206 Honus Wagner cards.