When the final hammer fell Thursday night at Collectors Universe corporate headquarters in Newport Beach, California, the total for the Superior Sports Auction was well over the million-dollar mark. While there were many lots of interest and import, there were a few that stood out above the rest.
One of the most impressive was lot number 47, a game used, signed Sandy Koufax jersey. The jersey was in such good condition that well-known game-used equipment expert Dave Bushing asserted that it was the finest in existence. Apparently at least a few bidders agreed. Before all was said and done, the winning bid topped out at $41,400 and the Internet produced a bid of $35,000, talk about online shopping!
Another jewel of the sale was a 1933 Goudey #181, Babe Ruth card that PSA graded NM-MNT 8. The card fetched $31,051 from the winning bidder. This was only a hair more that the 1954 Topps Hank Aaron that brought $30,119. Babe Ruth made the notables list twice as the other Ruth from the 1933 Goudey set, card number 144, brought $26,450 in PSA 8 and a 1952 Topps Eddie Mathews in the same grade garnered $21,563.
While Superior Sports Auctions bread and butter has always been premium grade sports cards, the strength of the Koufax jersey further emphasizes the trend illustrated by the Halper sale and Mastro Fine Sports Auctions recent event. Memorabilia is hot, and getting hotter. There is something tangible about a game used item or a signed piece of memorabilia. It is the ability to hold a moment of an athlete's life in your hands and this allure will very likely make the prices that have raised eyebrows as of late seem very routine.