SCP Auctions provided the final numbers for its recently concluded sale: $5.2 million for 995 lots sold. The auction included numerous athlete collections, including Rollie Fingers, Steve Garvey, Bret Saberhagen, John Havlicek, Chris Mullin and George Sisler.
The top two items in the sales were related to Babe Ruth – a 1927 Yankees team photo realized $275,706 and a 1929-30 Ruth game-used bat brought $171, 191 – but even modern players had their day in the sun in this sale.
For instance, Bret Sabergen offered up his 1985 Kansas City Royals championship ring, and the beauty sold for $73,409. His 1985 Cy Young Award brought $38,588, while his 1985 World Series MVP trophy netted $37,610. That was a good year for the pitcher.
Items from the John Havlicek Collection that brought top dollar included his personal copy of the NBA 50 Greatest Players signed litho ($80,750), his 1963 Celtics championship ring ($68,482), his 1966 NBA All-Star game uniform (signed, $37,610) and his Ohio St. game-worn warmup jacket from 1960 ($36,716).
Steve Garvey was no slouch of an star, either, and bidders felt the same. Garvey's 1974 NL MVP award sold for $68,482 and his 1981 LA Dodgers personal World Series trophy brought $39,382.
Rollie Fingers got into the big-ticket items, too, with his 1973 Oakland A's championship ring bringing $56,501, his 1981 AL MVP award selling for $38,653 and his 1981 Cy Young award also netting $38,653.
A few more highlights from the sale include:
- 1980-81 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers road jersey ($110, 293)
- Ray Nitschke's 1967 Super Bowl II championship ring ($91,151)
- 1979 Gus Williams Seattle Supersonics NBA championship ring ($91,000)
- 1940s Babe Ruth single-signed baseball PSA/DNA 8.5 ($68,482)
- 1953 Jackie Robinson game-used bat ($60,667)
- 196o Stan Musial signed St. Louis Cardinals game-worn home jersey ($45,578)
- 1938 Casey Stengel Boston Bees game-worn home jersey ($45,510)
- George Sisler's 1939 HOF induction wristwatch ($44,428)
- 1961 Fleer Basketball set (65/66) ($36,716)
- 1958 Topps Baseball unopened 5-cent wax pack 6th series PSA 8 ($14,351)
- 1953 Bowman Color Baseball unopened 5-cent wax pack 3rd series PSA 3 ($12,389).
For a complete list of prices realized and description of the lots, visit www.scpauctions.com.