WEST BERLIN, NJ - FEB. 8, 2014 - Collectors paid $2.3 for more than 1,100 lots of rare sports, entertainment and historical memorabilia as the 2014 Goldin Auctions Winter Auction closed today in the early morning hours at www.GoldinAuctions.com. Among the highlights were a 1955-56 Jackie Robinson game-used bat selling for a whopping $162.267.50 and a 1966 Mickey Mantle bat which sold for $45,720.43.
Four unique lots of Michael Jordan UNC memorabilia from his Chapel Hill restaurant aptly named"23" that was uncovered at a public sale of a storage locker sold for a combined $54,422.48. This included: a Michael Jordan UNC Diploma ($20,785.75); Jordan recruiting letter from UNC Head Coach Dean Smith ($27,009.73); Jordan recruiting letter from UNC Assistant Coach Bill Guthridge ($4732.90); and a copy of Jordan's college transcript ($1894.10).
In addition to the historic bats and rare Jordan items, the auction was also loaded with Super Bowl and championships rings including: a 2012 Baltimore Ravens Damien Berry Player Super Bowl Ring ($43,008.53); Jamie Sharper's 2000 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Ring ($36,883.25); RC Owens' SF 49ers Super Bowl XXIX ring ($38,281.50); a New England Patriots' Super Bowl ring from former intern and "spygate" videographer Matt Estrella ($15,810.80) and Julius Erving's final NBA All-Star Game Ring ($29,375).
"We are thrilled that our first auction that was not primarily baseball items was so well received by so many collectors around the world as we set company records for most bids, most bidders and website hits," said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. "The Robinson bat final price, being one of the two highest priced such bats ever sold and setting a record for this type of bat, was especially exciting."
The "Goldin Auctions Opening Day Auction" is slated for March 31-April 25. That will be followed by the highly anticipated Babe Ruth Centennial Auction being held in partnership with the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore on July 11-12. Goldin Auction is currently accepting Babe Ruth and Yankees-related items for that auction.
Here's a look at some of the other auction results. For more details, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com
Lot #20: 1969 Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV Andy Rice Player Ring - $17,856.48
Lot #19: 1958 Baltimore Colts Historic Leonard Lyles Player Championship Ring - $14,372.60
Lot #3: Early 1950's Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings Game Worn Jersey- $39,938.25
Lot #14: Babe Ruth Single-Signed Baseball with PSA/DNA Mint 9 Signature - $30,480.68
Lot #5: 1992 Michael Jordan USA Olympic Dream Team Game Used and Signed Full Uniform - $32,682.63
Lot #116: - 1965-66 Roberto Clemente Game Used Bat - $28,386.83
Lot #600: 1957 Topps Football PSA Graded NM-MT 8 Near Complete Set (153/154) - $19,159.55
Lot #606: 1959 Topps Baseball High Grade Set of 572 Cards ($14,863.75)
Lot #4: 1960's Muhammad Ali Hand Written 18 Page Draft of his Conversion to Islam for his Autobiography - $25,376.48
About Goldin Auctions
Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $600 million in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history and pop culture and was the pioneer of using the medium of television to sell sports memorabilia. In 2013, Goldin Auctions sold a Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $2.1 million. Goldin Auctions strives to break new ground and offer collectors the best in collectible treasures up for auction in the marketplace. All game worn or autographed items come with team, player, league or additional LOA from industry leading authenticators; and collectors can bid with confidence that their proxy/ceiling bids remain confidential. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.