One captured the world of sport in bold bursts of impressionistic color and the other with the unflinching precision of a camera lens, but both LeRoy Neiman and Ernie Schworck exhibited the strength of their enduring legacies in the Heritage Auction’s $7.44 million Sports Collectibles Signature Auction.
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.
From the Black Swamp Find to a $4 million Babe Ruth jersey, sales for sports memorabilia never reached higher figures nor had as much mainstream media attention. Can the momentum last into 2013? There are some early indicators it most certainly can.
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.
It’s not just baseball and basketball jerseys that sell big at auction. A hockey jersey – from the fabled “Miracle on Ice” contest in the 1980 Olympics sold for $104,328 at auction in Canada.