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Heritage Auctions’ $25.5 Million Sporting Event Sets Multiple World Records

Highlights include the $2.19 million Mickey Mantle jersey; $480,000 for Jackie Robinson’s first game; Amelia Earhart’s 1928 transatlantic flight cap for $825,000

Heritage Auctions | DALLAS, Texas (February 28, 2022) —

Heritage Auctions’ two-day Winter Platinum Night Sports auction, which ended early Monday morning, has been in the news several times. And not just because nearly 2,600 bidders from around the world took part in an auction that made a total of $25,518,284.

Nearly 75 records were set at the Feb. 26-27 auction, from tickets to sporting events to jerseys to cards, Ted Williams’ Triple Crown bat of the season and Air Jordans worn by the game. Even a presidential basketball slammed early estimates, when a ball autographed by President Obama, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Carmelo Anthony sold for $99,000, more than eight times its estimate. before the auction.

And Amelia Earhart’s flight cap, worn on her famous first flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928, sold for $825,000. That’s more than 10 times its pre-sale estimate.

Below is a list of some of the best records obtained during the auction:

The most valuable banknotes in the world

One of seven known ticket stubs from Jackie Robinson’s big league debut in the spring of 1947 sold for $480,000, making it the most expensive sporting event ticket ever sold at auction. This broke the previous record for a sports ticket set in December, when a stub from Michael Jordan’s 1984 debut as the Chicago Bull sold for $264,000.

Mark Attanasio, owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, is the new owner of the Robinson ticket stub.

The only known full ticket from MJ’s NBA debut also sold at the Winter Platinum Night Sports auction for $468,000, also breaking the previous record.

1928-29 Amelia Earhart Flight Worn Cap from First Crossing of Atlantic Ocean–Photo Matched
There were 72 tickets in that auction, and together they fetched $2.1 million, double the pre-auction estimate. Two other sports legends have seen tickets for their milestone moments reach new heights:

A ticket stub for Lou Gehrig’s Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, sold for $108,000 to become both the most expensive Gehrig ticket and the most valuable pre-war ticket ever sold. Only six known examples survive from the day more than 60,000 people heard, in person, the Yankees first baseman deliver one of the most memorable speeches in sports history: “For two weeks you have read an article about a bad break. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

And a full ticket to the 1996 Greater Milwaukee Open, where Tiger Woods made his debut, sold for $99,000. It is the highest ranked example, at PSA Mint 9, and now the most valuable Woods note in the world. It originally cost $25.

A Jersey record on the coat and a score for The Big German

The jersey worn by Mickey Mantle in his final game as the New York Yankee on September 28, 1968 sold for $2,190,000. It is the highest price ever paid at auction for a Mantle jersey, shattering the previous record of $1,320,000 set at Heritage Auctions in August 2018.

And Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks had his biggest jersey sale ever when a photo-matching jersey worn during his MVP season in 2006-07 sold for $23,400.

A pair of Air Jordan 1s worn by Michael Jordan in the Chicago Bulls’ 116-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on April 1, 1986 sold for $675,000, beating the previous record of $615,000 set nearly two years ago years.

The Air Jordans, photo-associated with this game, have been slightly modified from their standard format to lessen the threat to Jordan’s bones after he broke his foot in October 1985. The soles of the Air Jordans have been replaced by those used on the Nike Dunk, which were both softer and wider.

Teddy Ballgame’s Triple Crown Bat Breaks Another Record

Among baseball collectors, few lumber pieces are more vaunted or treasured than those worn by Ted Williams, the last player to hit over .400 in a season. It should come as no surprise, then, that a Hillerich & Bradsby bat used in the game and signed from the Triple Crown season of Teddy Ballgame in 1947 now holds the record for the most expensive Williams bat ever sold at auction: $336,000 .

Jackie Robinson’s Other Rookie Record (And More Of The World’s Most Valuable Cards)

Many Robinson records were set at this auction, which included a historic collection of memorabilia related to the man who, 75 years ago this spring, broke baseball’s color barrier. Among the top lots at the auction was his March 1946 American Baseball Bureau Questionnaire, which fetched $1,680,000. Seth Kaller Inc. was the successful bidder for Robinson’s questionnaire and hosted his exhibit at the Jackie Robinson Museum slated to open this summer in New York.

Robinson’s 1948 Leaf card, a PSA NM-MT 8 rated work of art, is also now his most valuable rookie card, having sold for $468,000. Of the more than 1,500 submissions to PSA, only seven have ever ranked above the map sold by Heritage Auctions this weekend.

Some of the other new records set: A Candy Honus Wagner 1912 E300 Plow, rated PSA NM 7 sold for $312,000. This is the highest price ever for a card from the so-called “Miracle Set” of which there are only 175 known survivors. From this same set, a Ty Cobb card rated PSA NM 7 sold for $222,000, a record for this rarity.

A 1954 Stahl-Meyer Franks Mickey Mantle, PSA NM-MT 8, sold for $210,000, setting a record for this little-known set.

And who else but Serena Williams now holds the record for the best-selling women’s sports card: her Netpro International 2003 (Court Authentic Series A) n° 2A, graduated PSA NM 7 and Auto 10 numbered 24/100, sold 163 $200. This breaks a record set only a month ago.

For more results from Heritage Auctions’ Winter Platinum Night Sports Auction February 26-27, click here.

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