Call it good product, call it good timing around the conclusion of the 2014 World Series. Or you could call it successful, as the recently concluded Goldin Auctions October Legends Auction recorded nearly $3 million in sales from almost 11,000 bids.
"We are thrilled with the results of the auction, which shows the sports memorabilia market is vibrant and growing in popularity," said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions. "The auction had strong results all across the board, especially the Babe Ruth, Mike Schmidt, Derek Jeter and 'Honest Eddie' Murphy collections. The fact that 97 percent of the lots sold, is especially gratifying for both our consigners and bidders."
Here's a look at some of the auction highlights. For complete auctions results, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com.
Babe Ruth Memorabilia
– (Lot #9) 1934 Babe Ruth (last) New York Yankees contract ($278,300)
– (Lot #6) 1929-30 White Hickory game-used professional model bat – one of the finest Ruth bats with tremendous provenance, PSA/DNA GU-10 ($181,050)
The Mike Schmidt Collection
– (Lot #20) 1976 Babe Ruth "Sultan of Swat Award" Crown – The crown was presented to and personally owned by Schmidt for leading MLB in home runs that season. ($55,600)
– (Lot #21) 1984 Gold Glove Award, presented to and personally owned by the baseball king of Philadelphia ($44,770)
– (Lot #25) Mike Schmidt's 400th HR game-used bat – In 1984, Schmidt cracked his 400th home run in a game against the Dodgers with this piece of lumber ($33,880)
– (Lots #26) Game-used bat for career home runs Nos. 518-520 ($18,150)
One of a Kind Baseball Lots
– (Lot #4) 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Card Set - a fully untouched, complete set (200 in all) ($121,000)
– (Lot #37) "Honest" Eddie Murphy 1913 World Series full-size glass presentation bat which was presented on the field at Game 2 of the 1913 Series, complete with LOA from Murphy, who played for the Philadelphia Athletics at the time ($114,950)
– (Lot #1) 1903 World Series Program Game 1 score card from the first-ever World Series, (Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Boston Americans). The scorecard is perfectly scored and non-restored. ($111,320)
– (Lot #13) Derek Jeter 1999 Rawlings Pro-5XBCB Model Game-Used and Signed Glove an ultra-rare "Yankee Pinstripe" model used by Jeter from 1998-2000. ($67,760)
– (Lot #39) Honest Eddie Murphy 1917 Philadelphia A's Championship Player's Medal ($58,080)
– (Lot #36) Eddie Plank 1913 Philadelphia A's World Series Championship Pocket Watch ($39,930)
– (Lot #38) 1913 Philadelphia A's World Championship Player Ring ($33,880)
– (Lot #15) 2013 Clayton Kershaw Game Worn Jersey from First Playoff Win ($19,360)
– (Lot #14) 2013 Chris Davis Game-Used and Signed Auburn Tigers Iron Bowl Helmet worn by Davis (now with the S.D. Chargers) during his 100-yard-plus return of a missed field goal to beat Alabama in the top college football play of 2013. ($47,190)
– (Lot #10) 1960 LeRoy Nieman "The Middle Weight" original painting ($34,485)
– (Lot #914) 2013 Peyton Manning Game Worn and Signed Broncos Jersey ($16,940)
– (Lot #59) Gary McClain 1985 Villanova Basketball Championship Ring ($15,730).