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.
The big-ticket items just keep coming in the hobby, with the latest news coming form Heritage regarding the sale of the Miracle on Ice Collection of Mike Eruzione. This includes the jersey and stick Eruzione used in the 1980 classic against the Soviets.
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.
Heritage Auctions is used to big sports memorabilia sales. The October auction is one of the companies largest in size, and highlights include a Mickey Mantle game-used All-Star bat, a ticket to Fenway’s grand opening and A 1973 Tom Seaver game-used jersey.