RUNNEMEDE, NJ - FEBRUARY 4, 2019 - Personal collections, championship rings, rare cards and historic documents headline the Goldin Auctions 2019 Winter Auction, which is open for bidding through March 2 at GoldinAuctions.com. The auction includes the second half of the remarkable Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Collection, comprised of 247 lots, including the ball used for his last points, four NBA Championship Rings and three NBA MVP Awards. The bidding is also expected to be fierce for a pair of Kobe Bryant 2000 NBA Championship rings gifted by the future Hall of Famer to his parents. The rings return to the auction block after selling for a combined $280,000 in 2013.
Another highlight of the auction is a 23-lot (Lots #252-274) historic collection of player contracts from a host of Hall of Famers and legendary players, including: 1957 Mickey Mantle Yankees contract; 1958 Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves contract; 1959 Eddie Mathews Milwaukee Braves contract; 1924 Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics rookie season contract; 1959 Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers contract; 1948 Pee Wee Reese Brooklyn Dodgers contract; and many more. The auction also features a spectacular 73-lot Hall of Fame Ticket Registry (Lots #275-347) from an assortment of World Series games and historic events, such as Roger Maris' 60th home run in 1961, Mickey Mantle's last career home run, Hank Aaron's final career hit and many more.
The complete auction catalog is available at GoldinAuctions.com. Here's a look at some of the premium lots being offered:
Lot #1 - 1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Game-Used, Signed & Inscribed Spalding Basketball from his Final Career Points (38,387) - The game ball from his final NBA game on April 23, 1989, versus Seattle - a 127-117 Lakers win. Kareem signed the panel of this basketball north of the Spalding wordmark in black marker. Inscribed near Abdul-Jabbar's instantly recognizable signature is "Last Reg Season Game Ball 4/89" and "38,387 Pts Lifetime"
Lot #43 - 1980 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers NBA Championship Ring
Lot #2 - 1985 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers NBA Championship Ring (Finals MVP)
Lot #63 - 1987 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers NBA Championship Ring
Lot #64 - 1988 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers NBA Championship Ring
Lot #3 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 1975-76 NBA Most Valuable Player Podoloff Trophy - Awarded after his first season with the Lakers in which he led the team with 27.7 ppg, 16.9 rpg and 4.1 blks.
Lot #33 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 1971-72 NBA Most Valuable Player Podoloff Trophy presented to Lew Alcindor of the Milwaukee Bucks -the second of his six NBA MVP Awards
Lot #37 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 1973-74 NBA Most Valuable Player Podoloff Trophy presented to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Milwaukee Bucks - the third of his six career NBA MVP Awards
Lot #35 - 1971-73 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Game-Used & Signed Bucks Green Jersey
Lot #184 - 2000 Kobe Bryant Lakers NBA Championship Ring - Gifted by Kobe to his father, Joe Bryant (accompanied by LOA from Pam Bryant). Proud of winning his very first NBA Championship, Kobe ordered an extra copy of the majestic ring for his father, Joe Bryant. This is not an executive version of the Championship ring, but the same EXACT ring given to Kobe and the other Lakers players. This ring sold for over $173,000 in 2013.
Lot #185 - 2000 Kobe Bryant Lakers NBA Championship Ring - Gifted by Kobe to his mother, Pam Bryant (accompanied by LOA from Pam Bryant). Kobe Bryant magnanimously ordered an additional ring for his mother. This is not an executive version of the Championship ring, but the same EXACT ring given to Kobe Bryant and other Lakers players, but issued in a smaller size to fit Pam Bryant. This ring sold for over $107,000 in 2013.
Lot #175 - 1923-25 Babe Ruth Game-Used Hillerich & Bradsby Pre Model Bat (PSA/DNA GU 8)
Lot #181 - 1966 Mickey Mantle Game-Used NY Yankees Home Jersey - From the Clete Boyer Collection, MEARS 7 and accompanied by a Letter of Provenance
Lot #182 - 1968 Willie Mays Games-Used & Signed S.F. Giant Home Jersey (MEARS A9.5)
Lot #190 - 1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb with "Ty Cobb" Back (PSA PR 1) - The Matchbox Find Example. One of fewer than 20 examples validated by PSA.
Lot #208 - 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card (SGC 82 EX/MT+ 6.5)
Lot #238 - 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects #BDPP89 Mike Trout (Orange Refractor) Signed Rookie Card (#14/25)
Lot #247 - Jackie Robinson Signed & Inscribed Baseball (PSA/DNA NM-MT 8)
Goldin Auctions is currently accepting consignments for all of its 2019 auctions. To consign an item, visit GoldinAuctions.com, call 856- 767-8550 or email [email protected].
About Goldin Auctions
Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $700 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. Over the past few years, Goldin Auctions sold a Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $3.12 million, Babe Ruth's 1918 contract for a record $1.02 million, the Mike Piazza Post-9/11 home run jersey for $365,000, and the 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 rookie card for a record $465,000. Goldin Auctions strives to break new ground and offer collectors the best in collectible treasures up for auction in the marketplace. Goldin Auctions is the official auction partner of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.