Heritage Auctions host $11.9 million sports collectibles sale
Heritage Auctions has hosted the first sports memorabilia sale of 2015 to reach eight figures.
The company's three-day auction of sports collectibles fetched a final total of more than $11.9 million, led by stunning prices for vintage trading cards and a pair of important private memorabilia collections.
The sale's trading card session realized a remarkable $6.6 million, topped by one of the most iconic cards ever printed: the Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card. Graded PSA NM 7, the stunning card led the entire auction with a final price of $227,050.
Further impressive card sales included a Ty Cobb E90-1 card, dating from 1909-1911, which sold for a record $113,525; a 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig #92 card, graded PSA NM-MT 8, which sold for $43,020; and a 1968 Nolan Ryan's Topps rookie card, PSA Mint 9, which realized $40,630.
The second session featured memorabilia from the collection of Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, the game's greatest-ever third baseman. Robinson sold almost every piece from his historic collection, including countless Golden Gloves, game-worn uniforms and personal mementos, to raise more than $1.44 million for charitable causes.
The second major collection on offer was that of Andy Leff, featuring a treasure trove of ice hockey memorabilia including historic game-used sticks and jerseys.
Top sales included a 1967-69 Gordie Howe game worn Detroit Red Wings jersey which sold for $77,635; Bobby Orr's 1975 jersey from his final game with the Boston Bruins, which sold for $59,750; and the 1973 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship ring presented to Yvan Cournoyer which realized $21,510.
"By the time 2015 is complete, Heritage will have more than doubled the 2015 sales of our closest competitor, both in terms of number of consignors and the number of bidders," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. "We are proud to provide unrivaled marketing, exposure, and prices for our clients and it is clear that the hobby has taken notice."
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