Thank you, Sylvester Stallone. And thank you, donor Bob Breitbard. The life-size “Rocky” bronze statue that, for years, raised its arms in victory in the San Diego Hall of Champions has a new private owner, who paid $403,657 for the privilege. The statue, a replica of the figure standing by the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art commissioned by Stallone for the 1982 “Rocky III” film, was one of 217 lots of Hall of Champions’ sports memorabilia offered online by SCP Auctions to fund the ongoing programs of the dismantled Balboa Park museum.
Nearly two years after the family of Padres great Tony Gwynn began selling off memorabilia from his storied career, more of his personal artifacts are up for bidding. SCP Auctions is currently conducting Part 2 of the Tony Gwynn Memorabilia Auction, which began last week and runs through Jan. 21.
Championship rings, prestigious awards and even a telegram from the president are among the items once owned by Vince Lombardi slated to sell at auction in January. SCP Auctions has seven personal pieces from Lombardi as part of their Winter Premier online sale.
It was a great year for the hobby of sports collecting. Prices soared, especially those in the vintage card market, treasure troves of cards were uncovered, and the hobby in general thrived. Topping the list at $3,263,246 is the “Laws of Base Ball,” the group of documents written in 1856 & 1857 that framed the foundation of America’s pastime.
Affectionately known as “Mr. Hockey,” Gordie Howe, the late iron man of the NHL, is considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of his sport. Playing for a remarkable 32 years, Howe was an indomitable force with a relentless competitive fire. His stats (World Hockey Association included), counting the playoffs: In 2,421 games, 1,071 goals, 1,518 assists, 2,589 points and 2,418 penalty minutes. He held NHL records of 801 goals (regular season only) and 1,850 points until Wayne Gretzky came long. And besides the endurance, there was the ability and determination that enabled Howe to win six MVPs and six scoring championships with the Detroit Red Wings. He finally retired as a player in 1980 at age 52. Sadly, earlier this summer he passed away at the age of 88. Through August 20th, one of his game worn Red Wings jerseys is on the auction block at SCP Auctions as part of its 2016 Mid-Summer Classic.
SCP Auctions is pleased to present what must be considered one of, if not THE finest Gordie Howe game jerseys ever offered at auction. This conclusively photo-matched Durene Red Wings number 9 knit was worn by Howe during the year he hung up the skates (for the first time!). This all-original white dureen jersey is one of only two Gordie Howe game-worn jerseys that have been conclusively photo-matched by the MeiGray Authenticated system. Howe, who entered the NHL in 1946-47, primarily wore wool jerseys. The Red Wings did not switch to dureen jerseys until 1962-63, which makes this photo-matched dureen white jersey comparatively rarer than a photo-matched wool among the extremely limited population of photo-matched Howes in the hobby. Howe autographed the front of the jersey in red marker and added his iconic “#9” underneath his signature. The current high bid on the jersey is $64,843 with just eight days remaining in the auction.
“In the field of game worn hockey jerseys this is a pinnacle artifact, worthy of museum exhibition,” said Dan Imler, vice president at SCP Auctions.
Online bidding is open to registered bidders and concludes Saturday, August 22. The auction is being conducted online at www.scpauctions.com. For more information, call 949-831-3700. -Terry Melia
Only three more weeks remain in order to consign your prized sports memorabilia and graded cards in SCP Auctions’ 2016 Mid-Summer Classic. 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. The consignment deadline of June 17th is fast approaching!
Top lots thus far include: college basketball legend John Wooden’s circa 1970’s UCLA Basketball Coach’s jacket; the late Wilt Chamberlain’s 1971-72 game-worn L.A. Lakers warm-up jacket from that NBA championship season; a prized 1933 Goudey #149 Babe Ruth card (NM-MT PSA 8); a 1965 Topps #122 Joe Namath rookie card (NM-MT+ PSA 8.5); and Larry Bird’s circa 1978 Indiana State University game-worn warm-up jacket and pants. 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 by either calling 949-831-3700 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to make your dream into a reality and score top dollar for your personal consignment(s).
Did you know that SCP Auctions has already set world record prizes in multiple categories across the industry? In fact, five of the top 10 highest priced sports items ever sold were sold by SCP Auctions including Babe Ruth’s circa 1920 New York Yankees game-worn road jersey, $4,400,000, highest price ever obtained for any piece of sports memorabilia; 1857 “Laws of Base Ball” documents authored by then-New York Knickerbocker Base Ball Club President Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams, $3,263,246, highest price ever paid for a baseball document or player contract; Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic gold medal from the Berlin Summer Games, $1,466,000, highest price ever for any Olympic memorabilia; and Julius “Dr. J” Erving’s 1974 New York Nets ABA Championship Ring, $460,741, the top price ever for any championship ring in history. -Terry Melia
Jo Jo White, who was finally inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame earlier in 2015, is auctioning off some of his most prized personal sports memorabilia. The former Boston Celtics guard, who won two NBA titles (1974 and 1976), will have some of the most valuable pieces of his career up for the highest bidder until Dec. 5. According to an announcement from SCP Auctions, White is putting many notable aspects of his career up for sale.