SCP Auctions sent out plenty of press releases prior to its latet sale, but when you have a lineup they offered, it's time to brag. Now the results are in, and the big items from that auction did not disappoint.
The Pauley Pavilion jump circle signed by famous coaches and team members brought $325,085, inclusive of the 20 percent buyer's premium. The jump circle was signed by John Wooden, Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and a host of others. According to SCP, this was the highest price paid for a piece of collegiate basketball memorabilia.
But that was just the starting point of a sale that soared into the millions. A Ty Cobb bat, signed and inscribed with a 1925 date, brought $113,938. A Circa 1931 Lefty Grove game-used Philadelphia Athletics jersey and pants brought an identical price. A 1937 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox rookie player contract sold for $107,314. Finally, the 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee rookie card of Wayne Gretzky, graded PSA 10 (the only one to achieve such a grade) sold for $94,163. PSA had graded 2,456 examples to date.
The auction included piece from Boston Celtics coaching legend Red Auerbach. Topping that list was a trio of Auerbach's NBA Championship rings: 1981 ($82,727), 1957 ($80,750) and 1962 ($78,709). Auerbach's 1968 Hall of Fame induction rin brought $50,062. A 1950s Bob Cousy Celtics jersey from Auerbach's collection sold for $41,435.
A few other noteworthy items and their selling prices:
- 1912 New York Giants World Series press pin: $$38,084
- Patrick Joseph "Patsy" Donovan's 1910 Boston Red Sox jersey: $37,668
- 1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson graded SGC 96: $68,368
- 1995 NBA 50 Greatest Players signed, limited-editon litho: $45,578
-1933 Gouey Nap Lajoie, graded SGC 84: $28,255.
For more information on this sale, including a full list of prices realized, visit www.scpauctions.com.