There’s nothing like a little publicity to drive a little bit of attention to your auction business – just ask Goldin Auctions. Fresh off a $2.1 million sale of a T206 Honus Wagner card, the auction house was poised to sell a massive amount of Kobe Bryant memorabilia. That is, until Kobe got into a public tussle with his mom, who was the person who consigned the items to Goldin Auctions.
In the end, Goldin auctions still got some of the Kobe Bryant memorabilia (and a delayed auction), but as they say, it was worth the wait. The auction is now live, with bidding ending July 19 at www.goldinauctions.com.
In addition to the Bryant material, the auction has hundreds of other high-end lots that will keep collectors hitting the “bid” button.
One of the lead items is a Jackie Robinson game-used bat from his 1949 MVP season – the only known example from that year. The bat is graded PSA/DNA GU-9.
On the heels of a Robinson glove selling for more than $370,000, comes a game-used example from Yogi Berra. The Hall of Famer and wordsmith has the glove dating from 1947-49 in the auction, and the former catcher also signed the glove.
Another lot sure to be bidding hotbed is a T206 White Border Ty Cobb with a Ty Cobb back. The card is graded PSA 1 and according to Goldin, is one of 12 known examples.
The popularity of the NBA 50 Greatest Players litho is well known, as even those players featured on the piece of artwork know its value, as another member of the group puts his own copy on the auction block – Hakeem Olajuwon.
The Olajuwon pieces leads us to the Kobe Bryant memorabilia in the 2013 Summer
- Lower Merion game-used maroon high school uniform number 33
- Lower Merion game-used white high school uniform number 33
- 1996 Magic’s Roundball Classic All-Star medallion and ribbon
- 2000 NBA All-Star Game ring
- 2000 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship ring (Laker-issued player ring gifted by Kobe to Joe Bryant – already at $50,000 as of this writing)
- 2000 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship ring (Laker-issued player ring gifted by Kobe to Pam Bryant).
Some other highlights from the auction include the following:
- 1948-96 complete Topps and Bowman baseball card set run
- A Mike Tyson collection of 20 unique Tyson items direct from Team Tyson
- Derek Jeter collection of 31 unique, game-used and autographed items
- Game-used baseball jerseys from Sandy Koufax, Mike Trout, Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera, Pete Rose, Chipper Jones and more
- Game-used football jerseys from Joe Namath, Tim Tebow, Eli Manning, Brian Urlacher and more
- Rare Michael Jordan game-worn and signed alternate black jersey from 72-win season
- Signed baseballs from the following historic teams: 1933 All-Star Game, 1934 All-Star Game, 1934 Tour of Japan and Ruth Gehrig Barnstorming tour
- More than 100 game-used bats, including Paul Waner, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, Yogi Berra, Pete Rose, Roberto Clemente, Ken Griffey Jr., Derek Jeter, Bryce Harper and more.
For more information on this sale, call (856) 767-8550 or visit www.goldinauctions.com.