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Dan Imler, the vice president of SCP Auctions, may have been destined to specialize in sports memorabilia: He was born into a family of auctioneers and grew up on baseball (a Massachusetts native, he roots for the Red Sox). On Imler’s watch, SCP has handled the April sale of the earliest pair of Michael Jordan game-worn sneakers to come to market ($71,553), the 2007 private sale of a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card ($2.8 million), and the 2005 auction with Sotheby’s of the original 1935 plaster cast of the Heisman Trophy ($228,000).

SCP Auctions has been named the new official auction and appraisal partner for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. As part of their multi-year partnership, fans and collectors will be able to experience an annual auction where the Hoop Hall will benefit from the proceeds. In addition to this, SCP has become a key sponsor of festivities for the upcoming Class of 2015 Enshrinement and is a partner for the annual Family Reunion Dinner that is scheduled to take place on September 10. This year, the Hall of Fame will welcome legendary talents that include Dikembe Mutombo, Jo Jo White, and Lisa Leslie.

SCP Auctions, one of the nation’s largest auctioneers and private sellers of important sports memorabilia and cards, has just unveiled its new website: scpauctions.com. Full of vibrant colors, fresh design and user-friendly navigation, the new look is highlighted by the company’s world-record prices for top lots over the past two decades as well as easy bidder registration for upcoming auctions and search capabilities for recent online auction results and highlights.


“We needed a facelift,” said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions. “It was time for us to make a renewed statement about what we do best and that’s to sell important sports memorabilia and cards to collectors worldwide.”

As the company that has set world-record prices in several categories including a Babe Ruth circa 1920 game-worn New York Yankees road jersey for $4.4 million, a 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card for $2.8 million and one of Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic gold medals from Berlin, Germany for $1.4 million, SCP Auctions has reconstructed its online look and feel to engage users to peruse the site and fully understand the company’s far-reaching capabilities.

“People need to know that if they’re in possession of a vintage or sought-after piece of sports memorabilia that SCP Auctions offers them the best opportunity for financial reward if they decide to see it at auction,” added Kohler. “We hope our new website conveys that message.”

A newly added z-mag of the company’s latest catalog is now available online as is a brand new Blog that showcases the company’s achievements and record sales as well as important new consignments and company events. An impressive testimonials section from professional players who have consigned their personal collections to SCP Auctions like Julius Erving, Bob Cousy and Paul Hornung is also featured.

SCP Auctions’ 2015 Spring Premier is scheduled to start on March 25 with its consignments deadline fast approaching on February 13. The auction will be conducted online at scpauctions.com. For more information, call 949-831-3700.

Nearing the 86th meeting this Saturday between college football powerhouses USC and Notre Dame, a very prestigious award – the 1929-31 College Football National Championship Trophy ‘The Albert Russel Erskine Trophy’ – is on the auction block at www.scpauctions.com. Its current high bid with 10 days remaining in the online auction is $6,655.00. Estimates put the winning bid near $30,000.

1929-31 Albert Russel Erskine Trophy
1929-31 Albert Russel Erskine Trophy

“This is undoubtedly one of, if not the most significant college football trophies ever offered at public auction,” said Dan Imler, vice president of SCP Auctions. “Its historical importance is matched by its physical presence.”

In the 1920s, Erskine, an American businessman and Studebaker Corporation President, served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame, where his son Albert, Jr. studied. He took a strong interest in college football and initiated in 1929 the Albert Russel Erskine Award for the best team of the year. The winner was chosen by a panel of American sportswriters whose methods are still used to select the college football national champion. The award bears special engravings on the front recognizing the national championship teams from 1929 to ’31: Notre Dame (1929 and ‘30) and USC (1931). The grandiose, silver-plated trophy, which stands 21” tall, 21” wide and weighs 16-and-a-half pounds, is an impressive piece of artistic craftsmanship. The oversized goblet, plated by Reed & Barton, boasts rings of raised olive leaves around its base as well as around the top of the trophy’s cup. A pair of very ornate handles can be found on either side. Engraved across the front is the following passage: “THE ALBERT RUSSEL ERSKINE TROPHY FOR THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AS DETERMINED BY AMERICAN SPORTSWRITERS.” Accompanying the trophy is a special “ALBERT RUSSEL ERSKINE AWARD” scroll/certificate that was awarded to USC Head Coach Howard Jones for winning the 1931 National Championship. Committee members of the board that presented the award read like a regular “Who’s Who” of important Americans at the time including Avery Brundage, Robert T. “Bobby” Jones, Jr., Douglas MacArthur, Connie Mack, Theodore Roosevelt and Wm. Wrigley Jr.

The accompanying image captured in 1932 shows legendary USC coach Howard Jones standing next to his car with both this trophy and his young daughter displayed proudly on its hood. Online bidding is open to registered bidders and concludes Saturday, Dec. 6. The auction is being conducted online at www.scpauctions.com. For more information, call 949-831-3700.