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Last Michael Jordan jersey fetches $173,240

WEST BERLIN, N.J. — A 1998 game-used Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey from his last regular season game sold for $173,240 in a Goldin Auctions sale that ended Nov. 15. The bidding rose to the hammer price in 17 bids. A pair of worn and signed Jordan game shoes from 1996 sold...

Babe Ruth ball, Foxx items, baseball sheet music

WATCHUNG, N.J. — A single-signed Babe Ruth ball that has rested in the dark of a safety deposit box for 50 years is on the block at the next sale by Robert Edward Auctions. The sale ends Oct. 17. The ball was signed in March 1930, likely at a spring training game in St....

Christy Mathewson 1905 bat: $218,700

WEST BERLIN, N.J. — A 1905 Christy Mathewson game-used bat, signed and dated by John McGraw and other members of the New York Giants, sold for $218,700 in a Goldin Auction event that ended early Aug. 9. The sales price was twice the minimum bid. A Babe Ruth 1932 Yankees cap fell...

Memo to Hample: Keep it. Enjoy it.

I recently retrieved my first-ever foul ball off the bat of promising catcher Tomas Telis. Yes, retrieved. The small whizzed off the bat at about a million miles an hour and ricocheted off a window and a couple of seats before rolling three steps away. No, I didn’t battle an...

Flashback: Vol. 18, No. 3 – Horse Fans Still Putting Money on Secretariat

First published in the December 2010/January December 2011 issue of Sweet Spot By Charles Kaufman Sports movies affect memorabilia collectors in many ways. Whatever this person accomplished in a moment or over a career is something collectors want to hold in their memories....

1992 Cowboys Super Bowl ring: $15,440

LAS VEGAS — A 1992 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl ring sold for $15,440 in an auction organized by Richard Albersheim. The sale ended June 7. The ring was owned by Curvin Richards. A cut signature by football hall of famer Joe Carr sold for $9,703. Two signed contracts also drew...

Mantle’s first Yankees bat: $242,209

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Cal. — A bat purported to be Mickey Mantle’s first as a member of the New York Yankees sold for $242,209 in an auction organized by SCP Auctions. The sale ended April 26. The bat was followed by a home Mantle pinstriped jersey from 1952, which sold fo...

Hakeem’s litho $75,020

WEST BERLIN, N.J. — Hakeem Olajuwon’s personal lithograph of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players sold for $75,020 in a sale by Goldin Auctions. The sale ended early May 10. In other items Goldin auction, jewelry attracted pricing that more than tripled minimum bids. A New York Giants...

The Gurley Bill

Just when you thought state legislatures had plenty on their plates now comes a bill in the Georgia Senate that would make it a crime for sports memorabilia dealers to pay college athletes signing stuff. The Todd Gurley bill named for the Georgia running back passed the Georgia...

Mets bullpen car wins

While no one bit on the 10-foot letters that graced the outside of Yankee Stadium, bidding activity on a New York Mets bullpen car from the 1960s sold for more than four times its estimate. The vehicle sold for $112,500. The letters owned by none other than Reggie Jackson...