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Press Release - September 1, 2020

Record-Setting Sandy Koufax Jersey and Michael Jordan Rookie Card Lift Heritage Sports Summer Platinum Auction Above $9.4 Million

Auction included 17 lots that brought $100,000 or more

1956 Sandy Koufax Game Worn & Signed Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey
DALLAS, Texas (September 1, 2020) — The only known home white jersey that Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax is known to have worn at Ebbets Field sold for a world-record $750,000 to lead Heritage Auctions' Aug. 29-30 Summer Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction to $9,450,561 in sales.

The event included 17 lots that realized six-figure returns, including a 1986 Michael Jordan rookie trading card that also set a world record when it went for $420,000, soaring above the previous record set in May, when Heritage sold a 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan No. 57 PSA Gem Mint 10 for $96,000. The Jordan rookie that sold Sunday, during Heritage Auctions' August 29-30 Summer Platinum Night Sports Collectibles event, is the lone 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan No. 57 graded a Pristine 10 by SGC. The Gold Label card just became the gold standard.

956 Sandy Koufax Game Worn & Signed Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey"This Platinum Night event was dominated by greats of the game including: Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Muhammad Ali and Bobby Orr, with a vast majority of the lots surpassing their pre-auction estimates by a good margin" Heritage Director of Sports Auctions Chris Ivy said. "It is safe to say that the sports collectibles market remains very hot and we had dozens of new bidders joining the competitive bidding which also helped to establish several new world record prices."

More than half a century after he threw his last Major League pitch in 1966, many still consider Koufax the greatest left-handed pitcher of all time. He followed his career by becoming the youngest player ever enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, in part because he had a significantly shorter career than most of the game's greats who ended up in Cooperstown, which adds to the explanation for the rarity of his jerseys.

Several of the greatest New York Yankees of all time were in high demand in the auction, including Mickey Mantle, whose 1958 World Series Game Used & Signed Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10 brought $288,000. In addition, a 1933 E137 Zeenut P.C.L. Joe DeMaggio (DiMaggio) Batting with Coupon PSA EX 5 until it found a new home at $240,000 – six times its pre-auction estimate.

The irascible Ty Cobb remains one of the most popular targets among serious baseball collectors. A 1923-25 Ty Cobb Game Used Bat Gifted to Fellow Hall of Famer Joe Sewell, PSA/DNA GU 10 went for $228,000, and a 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Ty Cobb Signed Portrait Red Background Good 2 Auto 7 nearly doubled its pre-auction estimate when it brought $192,000.

A 1986 Fleer Basketball Cards Complete Set (132) - Every Card Graded PSA Gem Mint 10 includes one of the most exceptional collections of Hall of Fame talent ever assembled. The set that includes cards of Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar exceeded its pre-auction estimate by more than 50% when it realized a winning bid of $186,000. That set just edged a 2003-04 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection LeBron James #127 Signed Rookie Card (#005/250) BGS Pristine 10 & Autograph 10, which 25 bidders drove beyond its pre-auction estimate before closing at $180,000.

A 1967-69 UCLA Bruins NCAA Basketball Championship Ring Presented to Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) commemorates the accomplishments of arguably the greatest college basketball player of all time. This ring, which drew a winning bid of $156,000, celebrates the three national titles the Bruins won during Alcindor's three seasons of eligibility.

One collector claimed a one-of-a-kind piece of perfection – specifically the only perfect game in World Series history – when Don Larsen's 1956 World Series Perfect Game-Worn New York Yankees Cap sold for $75,000.

More than 30 bids were submitted for 1975 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Shoes from Frazier III Bout, "The Thrilla in Manila" before they found a new home for $150,000. The shoes were worn by the fighter known simply as "The Greatest" in the ultimate victory in his storied career, a slugfest many consider the most significant bout in the history of heavyweight boxing.

One of professional football's biggest – literally – stars produced one of the sale's top prizes when 1985 William "Refrigerator" Perry's Super Bowl XX Game Worn & Signed Chicago Bears Rookie Jersey brought a winning bid of $63,000. Like so many defenders during the career of one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, collectors chased the 1998 Final Game-Worn Detroit Lions Helmet from the Hall of Fame career of Barry Sanders until went for $51,600. Even a swing and a miss can make a lot appealing to serious collectors, as was the case with the 1990 Scott Norwood Super Bowl XXV Game Worn Buffalo Bills Jersey, which was good for $52,800.

While the hockey playoffs wind through August, collectors had an extensive array of extraordinary lots from which to choose, including a 1970-71 Bobby Orr Game Worn Boston Bruins Jersey that nearly doubled its pre-auction estimate when it sold for $150,000, a 1990-91 Wayne Gretzky Game Worn & Signed Los Angeles Kings Jersey that went for $84,000 and a photo-matched 1984 Wayne Gretzky Stanley Cup Playoffs Game Used Stick that drew $66,000.

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