"Usually it's baseball that gets all the glory in sports collectibles auctions," explained Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles Auctions for Heritage Auction Galleries, "but this event saw some major challengers from beyond the diamond. The golf bag that carried Tiger Woods' clubs to his first Masters tournament victory in 1997 set a modern golf auction record at $89,625." Ivy also pointed to remarkable results for game worn basketball jerseys, with Nate "Tiny" Archibald's Kansas City Kings shirt realizing $17,925 and a Lebron James' St. Vincent/St. Mary's high school jersey almost doubling the next highest established major auction result at $8,365.
Vintage baseball jerseys likewise posted remarkable results in the Heritage auction. "The jersey believed to be the last Hank Aaron wore in Milwaukee before the Braves moved to Atlanta sold for $59,750," noted Ivy. "And a price of $11,950 for Tommy Henrich's 1949 home New York Yankees jersey is far and away the highest ever realized for Old Reliable's gamer."
Tiger Woods Masters Tournament Used Golf Bag
1970's Nate Archibald Game Worn Jersey:
Lebron James Game Worn High School Jersey:
Hank Aaron Game Worn Jersey:
Tommy Henrich Game Worn Jersey:
Other highlights of the auction included:
Finest Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Signed Photograph on Earth:
"Heritage continues to be an industry leader in autographed photography," said Ivy. "This result more than doubled the average price for photos signed by this historic pair."
Pittsburgh Pirates Composite Photograph by Horner:
"Consignors are aware that Heritage holds several records in vintage sports photography auction results," said Ivy. "Surely this is the reason we were afforded the opportunity to offer this remarkable specimen, and the fantastic price speaks for itself."
Minnesota Twins World Series Championship Trophy:
"An identical example of this trophy sold in a major competitor's auction for $3,600 a few years ago," noted Ivy. "Until now, that was the highest price ever realized for a 1991 Twins 12" trophy at auction."
1894 Temple Cup Print:
"A gorgeous and tremendously rare display piece from the nineteenth century commanded the bidding attention it was due," said Ivy.
Albert Spalding Signed Cut Signature:
"A result that more than quadrupled the Sports Market Report price guide figure," noted Ivy.
Topps 3-D Baseball Uncut Sheet of 9:
PRICE REALIZED: $47,800.
"Heritage continues to seek out the rarities previously unknown to the hobby," said Ivy. "This one-of-a-kind piece stunned even the most seasoned card collectors."
Leaf Dom DiMaggio #75 PSA NM-MT 8:
PRICE REALIZED: $15,535.
"Our bidders threw their price guides out the window on this one," Ivy explained. "Sports Market Report lists this card at $3,000."
E93 Standard Caramel Co. Ty Cobb SGC 80 EX/NM 6:
PRICE REALIZED: $21,510
"A card that books for $9,750 in Sports Market Report," noted Ivy.
American Caramel Co. Babe Ruth E121 SGC 84 NM 7:
PRICE REALIZED: $22,705
"The tremendous candy card collecting base Heritage enjoys was fully in evidence here," explained Ivy.
Bowman Small Football High Grade Complete Set (144):
PRICE REALIZED: $17,925
"Another reason why Heritage is the first choice among football card consignors and collectors," Ivy said.
HSC specializes in rare and collectible sports cards, as well as uniforms, equipment, and related vintage sports memorabilia. Consignments for future Signature Sports Auctions are currently being accepted. Prospective consignors or sellers of quality vintage sports cards and sports memorabilia are encouraged to contact:
Chris Ivy at 800-872-6467 Ext. 1319 or email: Civy@HA.com
Derek Grady at 800-872-6467 Ext. 1617 or email: DerekG@HA.com
Mike Gutierrez at 800-872-6467 Ext. 1183 or email: MikeG@HA.com
Lee Iskowitz at 800-872-6467 Ext. 1601 or email: LeeI@HA.com
Mark Jordan at 800-872-6467 Ext. 1187 or email: MarkJ@HA.com
Jonathan Scheier at 800-872-6467 Ext. 1314 or email: JonathanS@HA.com
Phillip Aman at 800-872-6467 Ext. 1106 or email: PhillipA@HA.com
For more information about Heritage's auctions, and a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit www.HA.com.
To reserve your copy of any Heritage auction catalog, please contact Client Services at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 1150, or visit www.HA.com/Catalog to order by email.