The 2018 October Legends Auction hosted by Goldin Auctions closed with a record $4.6 million in sales, including $1 million from The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Collection.
The highest grossing October Legends auction ever had a dozen items sell for more than $50,000, including a 1916 M101-5 Blank Back #151 Babe Ruth Rookie Card leading the way at $220,950, James Naismith's 1891 Founding Rules of Basketball from his 1934 manuscript with hand notations netting $171,850, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks Championship Ring (Lew Alcindor) selling for $153,437.
Many of the 600 lots of trading cards and more than 100 game-used bats exceeded pre-auction estimates, including: a 1969-70 Topps #20 John Havlicek Rookie Card selling for $100,655; a 1955 Topps #123 Sandy Koufax Rookie Card netting $88,380; and a 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects #BDPP89 Mike Trout Gold Refractor signed Rookie Card fetching $58,920.
Six pre-war bats surpassed $20,000, including: 1914-15 Frank Baker ($34,370), 1922-23 Honus Wagner ($31,915), 1942-43 Stan Musial rookie era ($24,55), 1911-16 Ty Cobb ($23,322), 1922-23 Tris Speaker ($22,095) and 1910-11 Sam Crawford ($20,867).
"We were especially pleased with the prices realized for the pre-1950 game-used vintage bats, with many setting record prices for the grade," said Ken Goldin founder of Goldin Auctions. "Since our sale of a Nap Lajoie bat in August for more than $100,000, our customer base searching for vintage Hall of Fame game-used bats has grown dramatically."
For a complete listing of the final auction results, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com.