Chicago Cubs sports memorabilia and trading cards have seen an increase in interest during the team’s run to the World Series title.
A contract from 1973 that links Muhammad Ali to Kobe Bryant will be part of a large, live event during the National Sports Collectors Convention courtesy of Goldin Auctions.
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.
RareInk has introduced a new 10-piece art collection featuring the starting lineups for the 2014 NBA All-Star game, featuring Durant, Griffin, Wade and James, among others.
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.
As the exclusive provider of NBA cards, Panini is pulling out all the stops. Coming soon is Gold Standard Basketball, filled with what everyone wants: stars, rookies and plenty of the bling.
The NBA trading card business will remain in the hands of Panini, after the company announced a new multi-year partnership with the NBA that keeps Panini as the exclusive trading card partner.
Panini America will pay tribute to Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant during the 2012-13 season with a unique year-long trading card set, Kobe Anthology, devoted exclusively to the five-time NBA champion.
Babe Ruth isn’t the only Hall of Fame baseball player who can pull in some big bids. A Sandy Koufax jersey from 1965 topped six figures, as did Kobe Bryant’s rookie jersey.