Goldin Auctions Premium Live Summer Auction Scheduled for Thursday in Atlantic City

Auction features 100 lots items valued at $10,000 or above at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City on August 4 and online at


RUNNEMEDE, N.J. (August 1, 2016) – In just four days, 100 items of rare sports memorabilia will change hands with many selling for record prices at the Goldin Auctions 2016 Premium Live Auction on August 4 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City.  A corresponding catalog auction with more than 1,000 additional lots will run through August 13 online at

Some of the items expected to sell for record prices include: the only 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card PSA Graded GEM MT 10; Muhammad Ali’s Fight Worn Gloves from Ali-Frazier 1; Mickey Mantle’s 1955 A.L. Championship Ring, Babe Ruth’s 1935 (final) Player’s Contracts with the Boston Braves; and a 1933 Goudey Baseball 24-Card Uncut Sheet. 

“The National Sports Collector’s Convention is the biggest event in the sports memorabilia industry and our annual auction has become the place for serious collectors to bid upon some of the most unique and valuable sports memorabilia,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We are especially proud of the items we are offering this year, as many are reaching the auction block for the first time.  It will be exciting to see the response and feel the energy in the room as record prices are set.”

Here are some of the auction highlights and the current bid (as of Monday, August 1 at 9 :00 am ET).  Current bids do not include 22% Buyer’s Premium.  For updated bid information, visit

Lot #41 (CURRENT BID: $310,000) - Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Glove from Ali-Frazier 1 -- These Everlast boxing gloves were worn by Ali at the March 8, 1971 “The Fight of the Century.” The interior linings carry bold notations reading, "MA 1, AD, Ali-(Joe) Frazier 3-8-71 MSG." Approval stampings placed by the New York State Athletic Commission are accompanied by additional notations (date and initials) penned by that agency's inspector. The black marker signature of Ali's long-time corner-man Angelo Dundee also appears inside each glove. The gloves remained in the possession of Dundee after the fight, and they are accompanied with an authentication letter. Gloves from Ali’s fights with Floyd Patterson and Sonny Liston sold for $1.1 million and $965,000 respectively.

Lot #25 (CURRENT BID: $280,000) - O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card PSA Graded GEM MT 10 -- PSA has graded 3,727 1979/80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Gretzky rookie cards. Of those, 65 have graded an unqualified PSA MINT 9 and this is the only PSA GEM MT 10 example currently in circulation. With the average sales for a Gretzky PSA 9 having increased by 500% over the past few years.  The previous record price for a hockey card was $94,000.

Lot #11 (CURRENT BID: $195,000) - 1955 Mickey Mantle A.L. Championship Ring – This marks the first time in more than a decade that a Mantle championship ring will be offered at auction.  Just two other Mantle rings (1956, 1962) have ever been sold. In addition to the elegantly engraved script, "Mickey C. Mantle," inside the band, there is the iron-clad provenance of brother Ray Mantle's 5/12/2000 LOA on Yankee letterhead.  It is also the last such ring Mantle would ever receive as he declined future rings from World Series losses.

Lot #38 (CURRENT BID: $170,000) – Babe Ruth’s 1935 Contract with the Boston Braves – His final MLB contract is a standard N.L. Uniform Player's Contract made out to "George Herman Ruth" includes his team as the "Boston National League Baseball Company" and the terms "$25,000 per year for a term of three years". The second page is dated February 28, 1935 (a mere two days after the Yankees released him) and has been signed by Ruth with a very bold and dark stroke, Braves president Emil Fuchs and witnesses Samuel Silverman, F. Burton Whitman and James O'Leary. The signature has been rated a perfect Gem Mint 10 by PSA/DNA.

Lot #46 (CURRENT BID: $110,000) - The Knute Rockne Collection – Treasured personal items including Rockne’s prayer book, pocket knife and pocket watch that were on his possession on his fatal plane crash in 1931.  Lot also includes items from his funeral including the prayer card and notes from the priest who gave Rockne’s eulogy.  This is the first time these museum-quality items have ever been offered at auction. 

Lot #20 (CURRENT BID: $90,000) – 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card graded NM+ 7.5

Lot #48 (CURRENT BID: $82,000) -- Michel Jordan 1998 Chicago Bulls Playoff Jersey – Worn in the 83-70 victory in Game 1 of the 1998 Eastern Conference Semifinals versus Charlotte on May 3, 1998.  It was signed diagonally on the “2” on the back of the jersey immediately following the game and comes with full LOAs from the Bulls and MeiGray Group.   

Lot #12 (CURRENT BID: $70,000) – 1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank PSA EX 5 – Among the top 7 graded versions of just 70 graded examples of this rare card

Lot #21 (CURRENT BID: $62,000) – 1953 Topps #244 Willie Mays graded MINT

Lot #22 (CURRENT BID: $61,000) - 1955 Sandy Koufax #123 Topps Rookie Card graded MINT – One of the greatest pitcher in baseball history. 

Lot #15 (CURRENT BID: $50,000) – 1933 Goudey Baseball 24-Card Uncut Sheet – Includes a mint Ruth and other Hall of Famers.  All original, no restoration.  This is an extremely rare – and likely unique – wide-bordered, final production uncut sheet.  Although 1933 Goudey uncut sheets are made available in the hobby from time to time, most are of the much less desirable Canadian variety; very few American-issue sheets have been confirmed – let alone examples that feature a Babe Ruth depiction.

Lot #23 (CURRENT BID: $49,000) – 1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente Rookie Card PSA NM-MT 8 –one of the top 15 examples from more than 3,900 graded copies of his rookie card.

Lot #81 (CURRENT BID: $48,000) 2011 NY Giants Super Bowl XLVI Player (Parker) Ring - This spectacular size 14, 92-gram, 14K ring has an extra-large oval top containing raised reliefs of four Lombardi trophies in recognition of the four Giants’ Super Bowl wins, each containing .25 marquis cut football-shaped diamonds at their tops over a bed of approximately 24 solitaire cut diamonds with a diamond studded NY Giants logo outlined in blue enamel at their base. The ring’s bezel is circled with 37 blue sapphires with the words “New York Giants 2011 World Champions running around the perimeter in raised relief; the total carat weight of 1.36 in diamonds and 1.11 in sapphires.

Lot #30 (CURRENT BID: $31,000) - Mike Piazza’s “NYPD” 9/11 Catcher’s Helmet -- Emblazoned with the NYPD logo it was worn by Piazza on September 21, 2001, during the first sporting event held in New York after 9/11 – better known as the game he hit the most memorable home run in Mets history.  The game marked the first time in which players were allowed to wear a hat or helmet that was not associated with his respective team, thus adding to the significance of this item. On the blue brim is Piazza’s bold signature in silver marker. It comes with an LOA from The MeiGray Group.  There is also a Steiner hologram on the underside of the brim which certifies the autograph50% of the buyer’s premium will be donated to Tuesday’s Children.

Lot #33 (CURRENT BID: $31,000) - Larry Bird 1980-81 Rookie Season Celtics Jersey - Features clubhouse repairs and shows extensive game use.  The repaired "3" on the jersey's front enabled it to be matched to a photo of Bird from the February 27, 1981 win over the Atlanta Hawks. This great Bird gamer from his very first championship season comes with a LOA from The MeiGray Group. 

Lot #37 (CURRENT BID: $30,000) – Babe Ruth’s Final “Farewell Letter” to Yankees owner Dan Topping – Written the day after Babe Ruth Day, this 7.25” x 10” letter on “Babe Ruth” personal stationery is dated June 14, 1948.  The signature is in blue fountain pen, and grades (“9/10”).  The letter has the usual folds, has some light staining near the top edge, and is matted with glue to a black construction paper background. This item comes with a full LOA from PSA/DNA.

Lot #39 (CURRENT BID: $30,000) - PSA-10 GEM MINT graded 11” x 14” Babe Ruth Signed and Inscribed Photo – Featured in the “BABE RUTH LIFETIME OF PICTURES AND LETTER”, scrap-book that was filled with pictures, newspaper columns, and letters of well wishes and press materials presented to Babe’s wife Claire by the Yankees after his death. The photo presents, quite possibly, Ruth’s boldest black fountain signature ever, and reads “With best wishes From Babe Ruth.”  It is possibly the largest single-signed Ruth signed photo extant, making it one of the greatest Babe Ruth signed photographs to ever go to auction. This comes with a full LOA from PSA/DNA. 

Lot #4 (CURRENT BID: $28,000) – 1947 Ted Williams Game Used Bat – From his second Triple Crown season this bat is graded PSA/DNA GU 9 & MEARS 9.5.

Lot #42 (CURRENT BID: $26,000) – 1956 Stan Musial Game Worn Cardinals Jersey - That season the Cardinals deviated from their trademark "two birds on bat" jersey design and produced this one-year only version. The bat disappeared and a lone cardinal migrated to the left sleeve where he was modified to have a much fiercer look than the docile pair that previously perched on the fronts of the old jerseys. A refreshed script Cardinals" arches across the chest in red on navy felt. Graded a MEARS 9.5.

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Over the past few years, Goldin Auctions sold Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract for a record $1.02 million, a Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $2.1 million and the Mike Piazza Post-9/11 home run jersey for $365,000. 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