Trading cards soar in Heritage Sports auction

The most recent Heritage Sports auction featured final sales of more than a dozen sports cards reaching more than six-figures.

A PSA Good 2 example of the fabled T206 Honus Wagner trounced the standing record for the grade, drawing a victorious bid of $776,750 to validate the Old Dutchman’s enduring hobby legacy. PSA Mint 9 rookies from Jim Brown and Ted Williams soared to $358,500 and $239,000 respectively, each shattering the previous record by multiples.

Other sports card sale highlights include:

  • 1957 Topps Johnny Unitas #138 PSA Mint 9: Realized: $167,300
  • 1887 N172 Old Judge Cap Anson (Street Clothes) PSA NM-MT 8 – The Highest Graded Example in the Hobby: Realized: $95,600
  • 1948 Leaf Satchel Paige #8 SGC 84 NM 7: Realized: $77,675
  • 1998 Playoff Contender Rookie Ticket Autographed Peyton Manning #87 PSA Gem Mint 10: Realized: $52,580




  • Circa 1940 Honus Wagner Single Signed Baseball: Realized: $40,630
  • 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski #34 PSA NM 7: Realized: $38,240
  • 1916 M101-5 Blank Back (Sporting News) Jim Thorpe #176 PSA NM-MT 8: Realized: $31,070

The Gary Carter Collection, featuring the personal keepsakes of the Hall of Fame catcher, headlined the second session of the auction, drawing $550,000 in bids for a wide array of game-used gear, awards and general ephemera. Leading the charge was the baseball that recorded the final out of the historic 1986 World Series at $71,700, by far the highest figure achieved for a post-war last out sphere. Carter’s 1980 Gold Glove, earned as the top defensive catcher in the National League, drew an impressive $21,510.





Game-used relics led the memorabilia offerings in this historic sale, with the ball that recorded the final out of the 1908 World Series, beginning the 108-year World Championship drought that ended just weeks ago, finding a new owner at $119,500. A home white flannel Boston Red Sox jersey from Ted Williams’ final season as American League Batting Champion commanded $83,650, while the fabled black leather high-top cleats of Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas set a new world record for football footwear at $71,700.

Other highlights include:

  • 1896 Athens Summer Olympics First Place Silver Medal: Realized: $65,725
  • 1938 Lou Gehrig Handwritten & Signed Letter: Realized: $26,290
  • 1966 Gordie Howe Signed Stanley Cup Finals Game Worn Detroit Red Wings Gloves (with photo documentation): Realized: $21,500
  • 1938 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball: Realized: $14,937
  • 1975 Jack Nicklaus Masters Tournament Worn Golf Shoes: Realized: $11,950

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