SCP Auctions will offer a 1968 Ernie Banks Cubs jersey in its August Mid-Summer Classic. Completely unknown to the collecting community, it has rested quietly for more than 40 years in the possession of a Cubs-loving family by the name of the Bermans.
An early Mantle Bat ($242,209) and 1952 jersey ($227,856) worn by The Mick paced bidding in SCP Auctions Spring Premier. In all, the 1,300 lots totaled $4.1 million for the company.
The 1957 rookie contract Jim Brown signed with the Cleveland Browns is currently up for auction through SCP Auctions. Bidding ends April 25.
The document was prepared in 1933 and includes the formal signature of the famous slugger.
The highlights of SCP Auctions’ Spring Premier are many and deep, with many lots expected to bring six figures, including Mickey Mantle’s 1952 Yankees jersey, John Wooden’s sweater and Jimmie Foxx’s Tour of Japan uniform.
Tony Gwynn will always be remembered as Mr. Padre. The Hall of Famer passed away at age 54 due to complications from cancer. Memorabilia from his career will be offered in SCP Auctions April 25 sale.
The high-end items keep coming from SCP Auctions. The California company has announced a trio of amazing Mickey Mantle items for its April auction: One of The Mick’s Earliest known bats, his 1952 Yankees jersey and his 1956 Player of the Year award.
Originating from the Foxx estate, both items are being offered for the first time publicly as part of SCP’s Spring Premier Auction April 8-25: Jimmie Foxx’s 1933 American League MVP Award and 1934 Tour of Japan game-worn uniform.
These are considered the first ever pre-Air Jordan gamers to hit the hobby. He only wore this style of shoe during the early portion of his rookie campaign before switching full time to Air Jordans later in the season.
For major auction sales of high-end items, prices keep skyrocketing; new website helps keep track of the escalating market. Plus all of this begs the question: Collecting for hobby enjoyment or for investing?