The Platinum Night auction hosted by Heritage Auctions lived up to its hype with each item averaging more than $10,000. A dozen items reached six-figure results.
“Death, taxes and world-record Platinum Night prices,” said Chris Ivy, director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. “You can be certain about all three.”
The Lou Gehrig Collection contributed nearly half a million dollars to the Platinum Night total, with a $312,000 result for his game-worn New York Yankees cap becoming the second-highest result for a game-worn hat after the famous Babe Ruth model once owned by former Yankees ace David Wells. A trio of high-grade signed checks from the Hall of Famer each soared past $20,000.
“Shoeless Joe” was peerless in the high-dollar event, with Jackson’s 1910 Old Mill and 1914 Boston Garter cards drawing the two top results of the auction at $600,000 and $480,000 respectively, while the best 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card in PSA 8, clocked in third at $456,000.
Other world record highlights include:
• 1903 Breisch-Williams E107 Christy Mathewson rookie, SGC 50 VG/EX 4, the finest of five known examples: $192,000
• 1944-47 Babe Ruth-signed bat, PSA/DNA Mint 9: $72,000
• 1952 Ty Cobb single signed baseball, PSA/DNA NM-MT+ 8.5, one of the highest-graded Cobb singles to ever appear at auction: $50,400
• 1959 Fleer “The 3 Stooges” unopened wax packs lot of 13 with empty box: $52,800
• 1959 Topps Baseball (4th Series) Cello Box with 36 unopened packs: $52,800
• The finest of two known 1967 Super Bowl I full tickets, PSA NM-MT 8: $66,000
• The first Seahawks Super Bowl player ring to appear at auction, presented to wide receiver Arceto Clark in 2013 following the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII Championship: $50,400
• 1958 Topps Football cello pack, PSA NM 7, with Jim Brown rookie on top: $26,400
• 1961-62 Fleer Basketball wax box with 24 unopened packs, validated and sealed: $84,000
• 1969 Topps Lew Alcindor #25, PSA Mint 9: $36,000