An iconic T206 Honus Wager card that Goldin Auctions believes could set a new record by selling for more than $5 million highlights Goldin’s May 3 Elite Auction.
The Elite Auction, which opens May 3, features what Goldin calls “the most diverse and rare assortment of premium trading cards and sports collectibles items ever assembled for sale,” and believes it will shatter all-time single auction records.
In addition to the iconic Wagner card, the auction features a Michael Jordan autographed NBA All-Star Game Used Patch card originally purchased 23 years ago in a pack of cards that cost $6. The card is considered to be one of the most valuable Jordan cards in existence. Goldin believes it could sell for as much as $2.5 million.
It also includes a 100-item “Hall of Fame” set honoring the late Kobe Bryant, which includes his earliest known game-worn rookie jersey and hundreds of additional items related to the 18-time NBA All-Star. Bryant will be inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame posthumously just days before the auction ends.
“This is easily the best and most diverse group of collectibles I’ve ever sold at one time, and I’ve been doing this for more than 40 years,” Goldin Auctions Executive Chairman and Founder Ken Goldin said in a release. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we catapulted past $50 million in total sales and once again set the bar and redefined what’s possible in the collectibles industry.
“If you’re serious about this hobby, you’ll be tuned in to our Elite Auction because you’re not going to want to miss history.”
The headliner is the 1909-11 T206 White Border Honus Wagner PSA GD 2 card, which is widely considered the most valuable and iconic baseball card in sports collectible history. Bidding will begin at $1 million and Goldin believes it could top $5 million, perhaps challenging the 1952 Mickey Mantle card ($5.2 million) for the highest selling baseball card of all-time.
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Goldin’s January auction sold $33 million in sports cards and collectibles, and then eclipsed that mark in March ($38.2 million) and again in its Winter Auction ($45.2 million).
Other items in the Elite Auction include:
• LeBron James' first "Exquisite Collection" Rookie Card (LOT #2)
• 1980-81 Topps Scoring Leader Larry Bird/Magic Johnson Rookie Card with a PSA GEM MT 10 grading (LOT #4)
· Mickey Mantle's first Topps trading card (LOT #5)
• 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket #144 Tom Brady Signed Rookie Card (LOT #6)
• 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil Derek Jeter Rookie Card with a PSA GEM MT 10 grade (LOT #7)
• 1921 E121 American Caramel Babe Ruth card (LOT #12)
• 1954 Topps Henry Aaron Rookie Card (LOT #16)
• 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax Rookie Card (LOT #17)
• Exquisite Collection Magic Johnson/Larry Bird Dual-Signed Game-Used Logoman Patch Card (LOT #20)
• 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Complete Set (132) — including Michael Jordan rookie card — All PSA GEM MT 10! (LOT #25)
• 1937 Clint Frank Yale University original Heisman Trophy (LOT #44)
• 1967 Reggie Jackson game-used and signed Kansas City Royals jersey worn for first career home run (LOT #112)
· 2018 Ronald Acuña Jr. Major League debut game-used jersey and pants (LOT #139)