American Memorabilia's first major auction of the year was slated right around the Super Bowl, and the excitement from the big game must have rubbed off on collectors, as they spent more than $700,000 in the 586-lot auction which ended on Feb. 8.
AMI's aquisitions representative Tony Giese was happy with the results, and says he views the auction as a good sign for future auctions in 2007.
"Our first-ever Super Bowl Auction was a complete success," said Giese. "We topped any of the 2006 auctions already. Our loyal customers helped get us off to a great start in 2007."
The top item in the auction was of the football variety, the Miami Dolphins' first ever victory game ball ($42,189), but the piece that sold for second highest was actually a baseball item, a 1968-69 Tom Seaver game-worn glove ($30,166).
"The hammer price on the Dolphins ball was pleasant to say the least," said Giese. "We were encouraged with our game-worn jerseys and vintage memorabilia prices."
Other key pieces from the sale include a 1966-68 Dick Butkus game-worn jersey ($30,166), 1960s Gale Sayers game-worn jersey ($24,020), 1968-72 Don Maynard game-worn jersey ($20,576), Lou Gehrig single-signed ball ($16,406) and a Tony Dorsett game-worn University of Pittsburgh jersey ($13,442).