The worlds largest collectibles auctioneer yet again asserted its hobby dominance over the weekend as 643 lots drew just over $11 million in winning bids, shattering longstanding price records in the process. No fewer than 17 individual lots commanded prices in excess of $100,000, led by a $2.58 million result for Lou Gehrigs 1937 New York Yankees road jersey, the highest price ever achieved at auction for a jersey not worn by Babe Ruth.
Weve picked up a good number of high-end collectors in recent months, noted Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles for Heritage
. The uncertainty in the financial markets is driving corporate money toward the safety of top-tier collectibles, so were in the midst of a significant pricing boom here.
Among the most stunning results of the sale was a $396,000 winning bid for Ty Cobbs portrait by legendary photographer Carl Horner. The Horner image, which was used for Cobbs famous T206 portrait cards, more than quadrupled the standing record for an unsigned sports photograph. The record for a Roberto Clemente game used bat was more than doubled on Saturday night, as his 1971 World Series lumber found a new owner at $198,000. Likewise setting a new hobby mark was a $126,000 result for a 2016 New England Patriots Super Bowl Championship ring, by far the highest price ever paid for a ring not related to a major star.
Sports cards yielded incredible results as well with a freshly discovered and graded 1916 Famous & Barr Babe Ruth, PSA EX-MT 6, rookie card fetching $540,000, and a 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski, PSA NM-MT+ 8.5 landed at $174,000. The vibrant modern trading card market likewise saw its record books rewritten as Upper Deck insert cards from NBA icons Michael Jordan, which commanded a winning bid of $204,000, and LeBron James, which ended at $192,000, signaling tremendous growth in the 21st century genre.
Certainly all lots benefitted from the enormous global press coverage of President Barack Obamas 1979 Punahou (HI) High School game worn basketball jersey, which drew a winning bid of $120,000, a record for any jersey not worn by a star athlete.
Other highlights included:
$90,000: 1868 "Clipper Prize" Medal Presented to George Wright, with George Wright letter of provenance
$44,400: 1923 Green Bay Packers Stock Certificate
$384,000: 1956 Mickey Mantle All-Star Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9.5
$111,000: The Only Known Babe Ruth & Ty Cobb Dual-Signed Photograph
$150,000: Early to Mid-1930's Lou Gehrig Game Worn New York Yankees Cap, MEARS Authentic
$120,000: 1953 Ty Cobb Single Signed Baseball, PSA/DNA Gem Mint 10
$84,000: 1966 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Gloves from George Chuvalo I Bout
$97,200: 1983 Walter Payton Game Worn & Signed Chicago Bears Jersey, photo matched
$55,200: 1984-85 Michael Jordan Rookie Game Worn & Signed Rare Black-Toed Air Jordan I Single Sneaker, MEARS Authentic
$36,000: 2012 Mike Trout Game Used & Signed Rookie Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10