Legendary Auctions Live Auction Smashes Several Industry Records Items from the Bob Gibson Collection, 19th Century Baseball Memorabilia and a Honus Wagner Baseball Card Command Top Dollar in $1.75 Million Sale
Allen and the ecstatic winning bidders weren’t the only ones happy with the outcome of the recent Legendary Auctions Live Sports sale. Dick Zitzman, Bob Gibson’s representative said that his client was also pleased with the results of the auction. “The sale allows Bob to participate at a higher level to a charity he cares deeply about,” said Zitzman. Part of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.), an organization that helps baseball families who have fallen upon hard times.
The Bill Hoffer Collection was another group of items that attracted considerable attention in the Legendary Auctions Live Sports Auction event. Acquired directly from the family of the 19th century baseball player, the collection featured extraordinary items enhanced with iron-clad provenance. This resulted in a record-setting price for a non-Hall of Fame player’s jersey. A spectacular circa 1895 Baltimore complete uniform worn by Bill Hoffer (including shirt, pants, belt, cleats and leggings) sold for a stunning $105,000. Other notable record-breaking prices set during Legendary Auctions Live Sports sale include the highest price ever paid for a restored card. A restored 1909 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for $222,000. Also, a rare 1903 World Series Program at Boston set a public auction record by commanding $105,000.
Other auction highlights include: a Roberto Clemente 1966 Pittsburgh Pirates game used home jersey and pants - from his MVP season realized a final price of $69,000; a phenomenal Mickey Mantle 1966 H&B game used bat - graded PSA DNA GU-10 - one of the finest Mantle gamers in existence sold for $57,000; 1911 Western Playground Association SGC-graded collection (12 different) sold for $42,000; rare 1874 Warren CDV's of George and Harry Wright (2 items) - featuring both Hall of Famers in uniform sold for $39,000; a significant 1895 Baltimore pennant winning game ball sold for $28,800; Bill Hoffer's 1897 Baltimore player contract - signed by Ned Hanlon went for $27,600; a Babe Ruth 1931 signed letter to a friend - incredible content: baseball and beer went for $25,200; Bill Hoffer's circa 1895 Baltimore sweater went for $24,000; an 1895 Baltimore Base Ball Club "Champions" Imperial Cabinet photograph - featuring seven Hall of Famers went for $21,600; a Babe Ruth Early 1940s signed oversized studio photograph - PSA DNA MINT 9 commanded $16,800; and an 1895 Temple Cup Championship series program at Baltimore sold for $10,800.
“Overall, we are thrilled with the results of the auction and by the response of our bidders to the live auction format,” said Allen. “Our goal is to provide the best material in the best manner possible to produce a rewarding experience for both our consignors and bidders. This event obviously delivered on all levels.”
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