Lou Gehrig Collection brings nearly $1 million to fuel record-setting $4.95+ million Heritage Sports Cy Young’s 1908 Red Sox jersey, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson’s baseball bat and Bobby Jones’ 1937 Green Jacket show spectacular strength in Vintage Sports Collectibles auction, Aug. 4 in Chicago
Heritage further secured its status as the premier destination for consignors of rare single signed baseballs as Christy Mathewson and Eddie Plank set a flurry of bidder paddles into motion. The premier hurlers of the Dead Ball Era battled to a stalemate, each achieving a price of $83,650 at the conclusion of bidding.
Though baseball shows no signs of surrendering its auction dominance in the foreseeable future, other sports made their presence known as the event unfolded. Most notable was the original Augusta Green Jacket owned and worn by course founder and Golden Age links legend Bobby Jones, which fueled an international bidding battles of wills which found the last man standing at a mark of $310,700. The cold Green Bay gridiron turned red hot for birders battling for Hall of Fame receiver Don Hutson's rare game worn jersey, which soared to $80,662 before the hammer fell, while the most comprehensive aggregation of St. Lawrence Starch Beehive photos ever assembled thrilled hockey collectors to the tune of $65,725.
Other highlights from this groundbreaking event include:
1914-15 Honus Wagner Game Used Bat: Realized: $89,625.
1949 Jackie Robinson All-Star Game Used Bat from Robinson Estate: Realized: $83,650.
1887 Sam Wise Boston Beaneaters Batting Championship Sterling Silver Presentational Bat: Realized: $71,700.
1919-1920 Urban "Red" Faber Game Worn Chicago White Sox Uniform: Realized: $68,713.
1978 Muhammad Ali's Personal "Three Times World Champion" Ring: Realized: $59,750.
1911 D304 Brunners Butter Krust Ty Cobb PSA EX 5 - A Newly Discovered Example: Realized: $33,460.
1982 NCAA Basketball Championship Game Net from Michael Jordan's Game-Winning Shot: Realized: $30,700.
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