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Press Release - February 26, 2018

Multiple World Records Shattered in Heritage Auctions’ $9.3M Winter Platinum Night Event

1948 Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball
DALLAS, Texas (Feb. 26, 2018) — Elite collectors of game used material were out in force on Saturday night as Heritage Auctions dropped the hammer on millions of dollars of high-end collectibles, with 20 lots commanding sale prices in excess of $100,000. The auction set nearly one-dozen world records across game-used jerseys, bats, and rare sports cards.

The only known Hank Aaron game used rookie bat dwarfed the standing world record for Hank's hammers, selling for $132,000 price — nearly quadrupling the former auction price realized. Mel Ott lumber likewise found a new champion as a rookie gamer set a world record when it more than doubled the former record with a $168,000 result. In addition, Johnny Unitas' 1959 championship game jersey narrowly topped the standing record for postwar NFL models (likewise held by Heritage) selling for $96,000.

Rare and high-grade trading cards remained red-hot, with a red portrait T206 Ty Cobb with Ty Cobb back (PSA VG+ 3.5) leading the way at $408,000. Rookie cards of Stan Musial (1948 Leaf #4, PSA Mint 9) set a $312,000 world record, and a Joe Namath (1965 Topps #122, PSA Mint 9) followed close behind at $264,000, setting a world record for the card.

Autographed material likewise exhibited enduring fortitude, with a world record $78,000 result for a Mickey Mantle signed example of his 1952 Topps rookie card. A PSA/DNA Mint 9 single-signed Babe Ruth baseball also set a world record in that grade with a final tally of $228,000 — the highest price paid for a Mint 9 example.

Other notable results include:

· $400,800: 1920-22 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat with Polo Grounds Bat Exhibition Provenance, PSA/DNA GU 10

· $246,000: 1936-38 Lou Gehrig Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9

· $168,000 WORLD RECORD: 1902 W600 Sporting Life Honus Wagner Street Clothes Type 1 PSA VG+ 3.5

· $144,000: 1903 World Series Game Eight Program

· $120,000: 1953 Mickey Mantle World Series Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10

· $90,000: 1934 Jimmie Foxx Game Used Bat with Family Provenance, PSA/DNA GU 9

· $66,000 WORLD RECORD: 1973 Tom Seaver World Series Game Worn & Signed New York Mets Jersey from Cy Young Season

· $57,600 WORLD RECORD: 1923 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball with Lou Gehrig

· $43,200 WORLD RECORD: 1948 "The Babe Bows Out" Pulitzer Prize-Winning Original Photograph, PSA/DNA Type 1, believed to be the actual first print used for newspaper publication

Heritage Auctions' Sports Department has a full slate this spring with important catalog auctions set April 19-20 and May 10-11. To learn more these events and more, visit Heritage Auctions' Sports Online Portal.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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Eric Bradley, Public Relations Director

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