About SCP Auctions
SCP Auctions is one of the nation’s largest auctioneers and private sellers of important sports memorabilia and cards, and is considered a leader in its industry. Founded in 1979 by David Kohler, SCP Auction’s record speaks for itself, as the company has realized record auction and private sale prices for items including the c. 1920 Babe Ruth New York Yankees game worn road jersey ($4.415 million); T-206 Honus Wagner card ($2.8 million); the bat Babe Ruth used to hit the first home run in old Yankee Stadium ($1.265 million); the contract that sent Babe Ruth to the Yankees from the Red Sox ($996,000); Barry Bonds’ record-breaking No. 756 home run ball ($752,467); and Babe Ruth’s gold pocket watch presented to him by the New York Yankees during his last appearance at Yankee Stadium in 1948 ($650,108). The company’s consistency and industry knowledge have helped to maintain SCP Auctions’ stellar reputation as a dominant figure in the sports memorabilia world, and it is highly visible throughout the category due to its presence at major collectibles shows across the country and placement in all the major trade publications.
SCP Auctions principals David Kohler, Dan Imler, Clay Hill, and Brendan Wells have more than 100 years of combined industry experience and dealing in vintage sports cards and memorabilia isn’t just their jobs – it’s their passion. SCP Auctions has the expertise for every collector’s interest, whether your passion is in 19th century material, high grade PSA/SGC cards, game-used pieces or single cards and sets.
SCP Auctions, the only sports memorabilia company to have partnered with storied auction house Sotheby’s, is constantly striving to uncover incredible collections and offer the most interesting, valuable and unique collectibles possible. The private collections of Honus Wagner, Casey Stengel, Pee Wee Reese, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, George Mikan, John Havlicek, Dr. J, Paul Hornung, Ozzie Smith, and Oscar Robertson are just some of the one-of-a kind offerings that the company has presented collectors.
SCP Auctions is happy to offer suggestions and guidance on how to get the most out of any collector’s budget. SCP Auctions prides itself on customer service and speedy responses to any issue or inquiry, and calls many of the nation’s top collectors its clients and, more important, friends. SCP Auctions has aided collectors in their own collection sales, including both the Bill Nowlin and Bill Riddell historic bat collections, featuring game-used bats from Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Roberto Clemente, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig; the Mitsuhiko Fujita collection spanning the 1928, ’31, and ’34 major league all-star tours to Japan; the Kirk Harris T206 tobacco card collection; and the esteemed collection of Dr. Douglas Triplett’s “regionals” and test-issue single cards. We know we wouldn’t be able to succeed without your active participation, and we value our relationships with collectors and consignors alike.
Some of SCP’s memorable auctions and private sales have included:
- The Finest known T206 Honus Wagner tobacco card graded PSA NM-MT 8 – $2,800,000
- 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente Rookie PSA GEM-MT 10 – $432,690
- 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner PSA VG-EX 4 – $425,500
- 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner PR PSA 1 (MK) – $403,664
- 1954 Topps Hank Aaron Rookie PSA GEM-MT 10- $357,594
- 1952 Topps Baseball Card Complete Set – Graded Entirely PSA NM-MT 8 – $310,500
- 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle NM-MT PSA 8– $268,664.40
- 1910 Old Mill Cigarettes Series 8 – Joe Jackson, New Orleans PSA GOOD 2 – $165,486
- 1963 Topps Pete Rose Rookie PSA GEM-MT 10 -$157,366
- 1903-4 Breisch Williams Type-1 (E107) Honus Wagner SGC 40 – $96,000
- 1935 National Chicle #34 Bronko Nagurski PSA NM-MT 8 – $66,354
- 1959 Topps #514 Bob Gibson PSA GEM-MT 10 – $53,759
- 1916 M101-4 Sporting News #151 Babe Ruth PSA EX-MT 6 – $54,712
- c. 1920 Babe Ruth Game Worn Road Jersey – $4,415,000
- Jesse Owens’ 1936 Berlin Olympics Gold Medal – $1,470,000
- Babe Ruth’s signed bat used to slam the first home run in Yankee Stadium – $1,265,000
- The contract selling Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees – $996,000
- Ball hit by Barry Bonds for career home run #756 breaking Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record – $752,467
- Babe Ruth’s gold pocket watch presented to him by the New York Yankees during his last visit to Yankee Stadium – $650,108
- 1930′s Babe Ruth’s New York Yankees Game Worn Cap – $537,278
- Ozzie Smith’s 13 Gold Gloves – $519,203
- Julius “Dr. J” Erving’s 1974 New York Nets ABA World Championship Ring – $460,741
- The Bob Cousy collection of basketball memorabilia – $455,000
- Lou Gehrig’s 1928 New York Yankees World Champions wristwatch – $340,000
- Original plaster cast of the Heisman trophy sculpture from 1935 – $228,000
- The John Moores Trophy (1938) Amateur Baseball Championship – $195,072
- Mickey Mantle’s First Major League Home Run Ball – $189,750
- Casey Stengel’s 1951 World Series Championship Ring – $180,000
- Arthur Ashe’s pair of Haggar solid gold presentation trophy tennis balls – $144,000
- The first baseball pitched at the 1912 Grand Opening of Fenway Park – $132,000
- Sandy Koufax’s 1963 No-Hitter Game Worn Spalding Frank Bolling Model 42-212 Glove – $126,500
- Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig dual signed photo from 1939 Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day – $120,000
- Honus Wagner’s 1907 Tiffany Sterling Silver “Loving Cup” presented to him by the National League – $93,240
- Casey Stengel’s 1957 AL Champions Cuff Links – $72,000
President, SCP Auctions
Since founding SCP Auctions in 1979, David has become one of the most respected and sought-after dealers of rare sports collectibles in the country. An expert in the field of high-grade sportscards and memorabilia, his company has handled some of the most valuable and historically significant sports artifacts in the world. Among the many record-setting sales conducted by David and his SCP Auctions staff was the sale of Babe Ruth's circa 1920 New York Yankees game-worn jersey for $4.4 million, the sale of the famous T206 Honus Wagner PSA 8 NM-MT Card for $2.8 million, and the sale of Jesse Owens’ 1936Berlin Olympics Gold Medal for $1.4 million.
His company, SCP Auctions has handled the sales of many of the most high profile athlete estate collections ever brought to the marketplace including collections from the estates of Honus Wagner, Lefty Grove, Arthur Ashe, Pee Wee Reese, Wilt Chamberlain, Casey Stengel and Bob Cousy to name a few.
David was a founding board member with the Sports Collectibles Association International (SCAI), which promoted ethics in the sports collectibles industry.
Vice President, SCP Auctions
Since joining SCP Auctions in 2002, Dan Imler has been an integral part of the SCP team. Born in Western Massachusetts, Dan grew up around his family’s third generation antiques auction business, developing a keen understanding of every aspect of the auction process from an operational standpoint with an emphasis on client relations. Dan has been a driving force in establishing SCP Auctions as a leader in the field of important sports memorabilia and cards, including the successful orchestration and execution of every high profile live and internet auction SCP has conducted in partnership with Sotheby’s, New York. Throughout his career Dan has been vital in procuring and auctioning some of the industry’s most valuable and historically important single objects, as well as prominent collections from the estates of Honus Wagner, Lefty Grove, Arthur Ashe, Pee Wee Reese, Casey Stengel, Bob Cousy, and Tony Lazzeri to name a few.
Dan’s broad knowledge of nearly every facet of the sports memorabilia and card market helps sustain SCP Auctions status as a premier seller of high-end sports memorabilia and cards and propels the company’s ever increasing market position.
Director Acquisitions, West Coast
Clay Hill's love of collecting goes back to that day in the Spring of 1960 when he purchased his first five packs of baseball cards from the back of the neighborhood bakery truck. One look at cards of Dodgers Clem Labine, Larry Sherry, and John Roseboro hooked him for life. Continuously active in collecting from the mid-sixties on, Clay considers himself lucky to have been able to make his hobby also his occupation. He has been with SCP Auctions since 1986.
A former president of the Southern California Sports Collector’s Club in the 70's, Clay has many fond memories of those early days. When asked if he has any favorite piece from his extensive personal collection, one item stands out above all others. Over 30 years in the doing, Clay has managed to have the entire 1960 Topps Baseball set completely autographed. Players, managers, coaches, even owners; all have signed their respective cards in this incredible set. Clay rates the late George Allen, former coach of the Rams and Redskins, as his all time favorite sports personality.
Brendan came to SCP Auctions in July 2013 after working for Upper Deck just a short drive down the I-5. He was an avid card collector in his youth until playing sports took over. While he may be more proud of his team sports adolescent glory days in soccer, basketball and baseball, it was middle-distance running that gave him the opportunity to compete on the cross-country and track teams at Duke University (and, admittedly, to get into the school). He dabbled in the financial services industry before earning an MBA in Sports Business and turning his attention back to sports marketing and memorabilia.
Having grown up in the Bay Area, Brendan remains a loyal Giants, 49ers and Warriors fan, and is proud of his NorCal roots in spite of how soft SoCal has made him. He is most passionate about baseball having heard countless stories from his father, who pitched for the Dodgers organization in the 50’s and 60’s. A numbers guy and people person, Brendan feels lucky to be able to go to work each day living and breathing sports.
Renee joined SCP Auctions after completing her Master’s classes at California State University, Long Beach. Hailing from the great state of New York her true love for the Yankees shines whenever a call from the East Coast rings through. She fit right into our SCP Auctions family and understands the passion our clients have for cards and sports memorabilia.
PR, Marketing and Social Media Manager
Terry Melia landed at SCP Auctions in April 2014 after serving as Public Relations Mgr. at both Upper Deck and Leaf Trading Cards. A lifelong sports fan and native of the northeast, Terry grew up on Long Island but maintained his allegiance to teams from Boston based on his father’s early influence. His sports heroes included Carl Yastrzemski, Fred Lynn and John Havlicek. Terry wrestled through college and earned a B.A. in Communications from the State University of New York at Oswego.
His introduction to sports memorabilia occurred in 1990 when he accepted a job as the editor of Beverly Hills-based Trading Cards magazine. Terry spearheaded editorial duties there for four years and also launched a sister publication entitled The Encyclopedia of Sports Memorabilia & Price Guide. Prior to landing at Upper Deck in 1998, Terry served as an editor at Wizards of the Coast in Seattle and freelanced for Mariners magazine.
Throughout his career, Terry's interviewed hundreds of athletes including Mickey Mantle, Wayne Gretzky, LeBron James, Landon Donovan, Troy Aikman, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Tim Tebow. An avid autograph collector, his most prized piece remains a single-signed baseball handed to him by the late, great Ted Williams following an interview with the "Splendid Splinter" in 1993.
Rich began collecting baseball cards in 1979. When all the other kids would get candy and ice cream from the ice cream truck, he would buy packs of baseball cards. Rich’s hobby career began in 1989 working at a local card shop and continued through 1997, before coming to SCP in 2008. Always a collector, he is currently working on a ‘59 Ted Williams Fleer set graded PSA 8 or higher. Rich cheers for the L.A. Dodgers and Anaheim Ducks when time allows.
Rob joined the SCP Auctions team in November of 2013. Although his background is in accounting, he’s an avid sports fan and collector. Rob recalls walking to his local grocery store – the Market Basket – collecting pop bottles for three cents each to buy 1970 Topps baseball cards. He renewed his interest in 1986 when he bought a single pack of ‘86 Topps baseball cards and that one pack led to putting together an entire set, which led to spending thousands of dollars on other sports cards. For Rob the best part of being a part of the SCP team is seeing all of the historical and amazing items coming through SCP. As he likes to say: “Every day is like Christmas at SCP.”.
Hilary became the most recent member of SCP Auctions in the spring of 2015. As the youngest of three girls, her father made sure she was a well-rounded ball player. After a broken nose trying to catch an infield fly, she chose to cheer on her San Francisco Giants from the stands instead. She attended college in Cleveland, Ohio and went on to work for the Westminster Kennel Club in New York City before returning to her home state of California. Her love for history and sports allows her to connect to the passionate sports memorabilia collectors here at SCP.
Dave began working at SCP Auctions in the summer of 2013. Since joining the SCP team, Dave’s fascination with and knowledge of sports memorabilia grows daily. Dave loves going to baseball and hockey games and rooting for the L.A. Dodgers and Anaheim Ducks every chance he gets.