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Now is the time to ink your consignments in SCP Auctions’ upcoming 2017 Spring Premier. No other company will work harder to achieve outstanding results for your single item or collection through the online auction format. Hundreds of coveted items are already in the mix so don’t delay, call SCP Auctions today at 949-831-3700! Overall, the auction will boast more than 1,000 sought-after prized memorabilia and cards and will no doubt be another event that media outlets around the world will be watching. Contact us today to make your dream into a reality and score top dollar for your personal consignment(s). Don’t miss out on this terrific consignment opportunity with generous cash advances readily available!

In its recent 2017 Winter Premier, SCP Auctions engineered a successful, $3.4 million auction with many of its top selling memorabilia lots represented in the photo montage featured above. As expected, the coveted “NEW YORK” flannel uniform that Babe Ruth wore in 1938 to help promote the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair secured the auction’s highest price at $227,854.  “The Bambino” really knew how to put on a show!                   -Terry Melia

Ruth '38 World's Fair Uniform

The Babe Ruth uniform, sold by SCP Auctions earlier this week, had everything going for it. For starters, Ruth wore it to promote the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair, an epic event attracting 44 million people and participants from dozens of countries worldwide. The custom-made flannel jersey had Ruth’s name saddle-stitched in red in the rear, sweat-stained collar. The consignor was none other than one of his descendants who had loaned it to the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum in Baltimore from 1972 until 1989. This the was the first time it had ever been sold at auction.

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SCP Auctions, the Laguna Niguel-based auction house, sold $3.4 million in memorabilia, autographs and game-worn items during an auction that ended Jan. 22. A uniform worn by Babe Ruth to promote the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair fetched nearly $228,000 at the winter auction. One bidder paid more than $142,000 for Tony Gwynn’s 3,000th hit baseball.

Ruth '38 World's Fair Uniform

SCP Auctions’ 2017 Winter Premier online auction is now underway and runs through Saturday, Jan. 21, at SCP Auctions. Coveted items from the family of Babe Ruth, along with cherished pieces from the Vince Lombardi and George Blanda families lead the way in this New Year’s auction that includes 1,021 outstanding lots. Other top lots include 1992 “Dream Team” memorabilia from Christian Laettner; James J. Braddock’s 1935 heavyweight championship belt; a pair of Rocky Marciano’s bout-worn boxing gloves from his 1953 heavyweight title defense versus Jersey Joe Walcott; a Joe DiMaggio game-used bat from the 1947 World Series; and a 1967 Roger Maris St. Louis Cardinals game-worn jersey from the Redbirds’ World Series championship season that’s been graded A9 by MEARS.

Babe Ruth Family Heirlooms

Ruthjersey1SCP Auctions is pleased to announce that it has secured four incredibly rare, never-before-offered at auction items directly from the family of Babe Ruth. The first piece is a one-of-a-kind, custom-made “NEW YORK” flannel uniform manufactured by A.G. Spalding & Bros. that Ruth wore in 1938 at several stops to help promote the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair. The second item, a beautiful, hand-crafted baseball-themed wooden chest, was awarded to Ruth in 1930 following the New York Yankees 1929 exhibition visit to Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. The third item is a beautifully crafted, hand-carved wooden folk art statue of Ruth from 1933 that stands 22” tall on a base that measures 7.5” wide by 7.5” deep.  The final item is a personal scrapbook that was created for Ruth by noted sports agent Christy Walsh in the early 1920’s. Collection Estimate: $350,000+.

The Vince Lombardi Collection

Collectors will now have a chance to own a piece of Vince Lombardi’s legacy by bidding on some of the man’s most coveted pieces including his 1956 New York Giants World Champions 10K gold ring. Lombardi1Each of the items were consigned directly to SCP Auctions by Vince Lombardi Jr., the coach’s only son. Six additional lots from Lombardi’s prolific career will go up for bid including a Patek Philippe wristwatch that was presented to Lombardi on “George Halas Night” (Sept. 25, 1968) by the Chicago Athletic Association; a specially designed Bishop’s Charities Game (Packers vs. Giants, Aug. 10, 1968) Bulova wristwatch; a 1960’S Green Bay Packers World Champions 14K gold & diamond cuff link; and a 1961 congratulatory telegram from United States President John F. Kennedy.

The George Blanda Collection

The prestigious George Blanda Collection is headlined by three incredible AFL Championship rings from the late Hall of Famer’s career (1960 and ’61 with the Houston Oilers, and 1967 with the Oakland Raiders), along with dozens of prestigious awards including 1970 and ’74 NFL Man of the Year honors, and several milestone game balls going back to his college football days at the University of Kentucky. All items offered come directly from his family.

The Christian Laettner Collection

More than two dozen lots chronicling Laettner’s prolific college basketball career at Duke and run with the 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball “Dream Team” will go up for bid including his 1992 Naismith College Player of the Year Trophy; a pair of NCAA Final Four rings he earned during his freshman (1989) and sophomore (’90) seasons, respectively; his signed and inscribed 1989-92 Duke Blue Devils game worn shooting shirt; his signed and inscribed 1992 USA Olympic “Dream Team” game-worn warm-up suit; and a ’92 Dream Team multi-signed Official Molten Barcelona Olympic Basketball sporting 18 signatures including all players and coaches.

1947 Joe DiMaggio H&B Professional Model Bat Used in 1947 World Series (MEARS A10, PSA/DNA GU 10)

In 1947 the New York Yankees road to the World Championship went through Brooklyn. The subway series pitted New York led by A.L. MVP Joe DiMaggio against Brooklyn and a rookie named Jackie Robinson. The Yankees prevailed in seven games with DiMaggio hitting home runs in games 3 and 5. Offered here is Joe DiMaggio’s beautiful Hillerich & Bradsby model D29L professional model bat from that historic series. Estimate: $150,000+.

James J. Braddock’s 1935 Ring Magazine Heavyweight Championship Belt

On June 13, 1935, James J. Braddock (the “Cinderella Man”) defeated heavily-favored Max Baer at Madison Square Garden to win the World Heavyweight title. At the time, it was called “the greatest fistic upset since the defeat of John L. Sullivan by Jim Corbett.” It is still considered by many the biggest upset in boxing history. The Ring Magazine presented Braddock with this very Heavyweight Championship belt to honor the epic victory, one that completed a miraculous career comeback for the local working class fighter from Hell’s Kitchen dubbed the “Cinderella Man” by New York newspaper columnist Damon Runyon. Estimate: $60,000+.

Bidding is open to registered bidders only and concludes on Saturday, Jan. 21. The auction will be conducted online at SCP Auctions.                                                                                                       -Terry Melia

 

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If you sold rare vintage baseball cards and memorabilia in 2016, your timing was impeccable. While the speculative feeding frenzy for baseball cards has showed signs of abating in recent months, which I will address in future posts, it was a very good year over all.  Two of the items set all-time auction records. The “Laws of Baseball” won top baseball document honors, while the Jumbo Honus Wagner became the world’s most valuable baseball cards.

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In addition to his slugging prowess, Babe Ruth was the consummate showman. Ruth liked being the center of attention, and even after his retirement in 1935, the Bambino remained popular. That popularity is a central theme behind one of four items from the Ruth family that SCP Auctions will be putting up for sale in its 2017 Winter Premier, which runs from Jan. 4-21. All four tell a great deal about Ruth, but it is the custom-made flannel uniform Ruth wore in 1938 to promote the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair that will draw the most interest because the slugger wore it.

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Like a heavyweight prizefight, online bidders were trading blow for blow in hot pursuit of the historical 1857 “Laws of Base Ball” documents in SCP Auctions’ 2016 Spring Premier auction, which concluded early Sunday morning. Once the dust had settled, an eye-popping high bid of $3,263,246 secured the precious baseball pages whose author was recently identified as Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams, who was then serving as President of the New York Knickerbockers Base Ball Club. Adams drafted the manuscript for presentation at the historic Base Ball Convention of 1857 in New York City. Adams’ “Laws of Base Ball” were the focal point of the convention and among dozens of newly proposed rules and guidelines established for the first time including setting the base paths at 90 feet, the number of men to a side at nine, and the duration of the game at nine innings.

“The ‘Laws of Base Ball’ is a document of unparalleled importance in the history of America’s National Pastime. Its gravitas was recognized by a diverse collection of astute bidders who pushed the bidding to a record level,” said SCP Auctions’ Vice President Dan Imler. “This figure represents not only the highest price ever paid for a baseball document, but the third highest price ever for any piece of sports memorabilia.”

Laws of Baseball 2By comparison, two other foundational sports documents that have sold at public auction include James Naismith’s 1891 Original Rules of Basketball, which sold for $4.3 million in 2010, and The 1859 Original Rules of Soccer, which sold for $1.4 million in 2011.

The overall auction, which featured 1,310 lots including 166 from the prestigious Don Drysdale Estate Collection, brought in a total of $7.2 million. Other top bids included a 1952 Topps Baseball complete set, $125,331; an extremely rare collection of unused, graded tickets representing all 50 Super Bowls, $100,026; and the historic August 23rd, 1989 signed agreement between Major League Baseball and Pete Rose that banned Rose from baseball for life, $85,602.

The Don Drysdale Estate Collection, the largest personal assortment of Dodgers memorabilia ever offered publicly, was led by the sale of the late Hall of Famer’s 1963 L.A. Dodgers World Series championship ring, which went for $110,111, and his 1962 Cy Young Award, which sold for $100,100. In addition, his 1965 Dodgers World Series championship ring fetched $90,999, while his 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers game-worn rookie season uniform captured $82,727.

Other highlights from the auction included:

  • 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente Rookie Card #164 (NM-MT PSA 8) – $73,408
  • 1961-62 Fleer Basketball Unopened 24-Count Wax Box, All GAI Graded – $68,367
  • 1936 R327 Diamond Stars Baseball One-of-a-Kind Uncut Sheet – $62,256
  • Dallas Baker’s 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Championship Ring – $62,152
  • 1949 Hollywood Gold Cup Won by Solidarity, 63 Ounces of 14K Gold – $51,363

The buyers of the items wish to remain anonymous at this time. All prices include a buyer’s premium. Full auction results are available at SCP Auctions.                                                                                 -Terry Melia

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Documents that baseball historians have called the Magna Carta of the game have sold at auction for nearly $3.3 million. SCP auctions of Southern California says the 1857 papers called the “Laws of Base Ball” sold early Sunday to an anonymous buyer after more than two weeks of bidding. The auction house had predicted prior to the auction’s April 7 start that they could sell for more than $1 million.