Dozens Of World Records Toppled In $9.4 Million Sports Card Auction

Singles, Sets And Wax Soar To New Heights In Last Major Sports Sale For Heritage Of The Decade

December 27, 2019

The world’s largest collectibles auctioneer further validated its status among the industry leaders during its three-day, 3,000-plus lot trading card auction on Dec. 5, 6, and 7, which commanded more than $9,437,190 on the strength of dozens of world-record results. This final major sale of the year carries Heritage Sports’ auction tally to over $70 million for the year.
“We saw great prices across all eras and genres,” said Chris Ivy, director of Sports Auctions for Heritage. “The entrenched vintage collectors came out in force, and the modern market is continuing to gain strength and market share.”
Perhaps the happiest consignor in the event was the owner of the 1910-11 M116 Sporting Life Near Set (314/316), which saw a pre-auction estimate of $200,000 dwarfed by the $324,000 result. Other top performers included a 1911 T205 Gold Border Walter Johnson, PSA NM-MT 8, for $63,000, and a 1922 E121 American Caramel Babe Ruth (Holding Ball), PSA Mint 9, for $75,000.
Likewise, the late 20th and early 21st centuries rocketed to new heights as a 1993 SP Derek Jeter #279, PSA Gem Mint 10, drew $138,000, and a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection LeBron James Rookie Patch Autograph #78, BGS Mint 9, sold for $228,000. The iconic 1986-87 Fleer Basketball Wax Box, beloved for its fabled Michael Jordan rookie, set a new hobby standard at $84,000.
A 1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig, PSA VG 3, sold for $69,000; a 1933 Uncle Jacks Candy Unopened Pack Babe Ruth, PSA NM 7, $66,000; and a 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan #57, PSA Gem Mint 10, realized $36,000.
Heritage Auctions’ next major sports auction will be Thursday, Jan. 16, when it presents the David Hall T206 Collection Part III. On Thursday, Jan. 30, a special sale of the 1952 Topps and 1953 Topps PSA Set Registry will be held in extended bidding format on
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