Michael Jordan’s autographed Converse sneakers worn at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials, historic award-winning baseball photography, a T206 Honus Wagner and a trio of important 2021 World Series balls share the spotlight as SCP Auctions launches its first sale at winter auction on Wednesday.
The auction includes valuable pieces from the nation’s biggest sporting icons, starting with Jordan’s signature shoes, originally given to the son of the USA team doctor after the final tune-up game in San Diego. Worn throughout the games that led to the formation of the team that won gold, the shoes are doubly signed by Jordan in red ink. His teammates Chris Mullin, Alvin Robertson, Vern Fleming and the late Wayman Tisdale also added their autographs in remembrance of the young fan.
The lot carries an opening bid of $20,000.
Another prominent Jordanian item in the auction is a signed Star Co. 1984-85 rookie card and is offered in a BGS NM-MT+8.5 grade with an autograph 10. Jordan’s autographs on the cards Star Company are rare and the top tier example has an opener of $15,000.
Step back a few decades and the catalog offers a unique copy of the famous T206 Honus Wagner card. One of the first cards ever rated by PSA in the early 1990s and still encapsulated in the original backing, the card was ripped almost in half at some point long ago. In the consignee’s collection for more than 20 years, it will be sold without a reserve price. Last October, SCP sold a restored copy of the hobby’s most famous map for $1.1 million.
The auction also includes a triple crown of Atlanta Braves lots, all from home run balls hit in the deciding Game 6 of the 2021 World Series. Perhaps the most talked about home run of the three was the moonshot of 446 feet from World Series MVP Jorge Soler who came straight out of Minute Maid Park in Houston. That bombshell was followed by a 411-foot two-run blast from Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson in the fifth inning. The Braves were still holding the Astros 6-0 down in the top of the seventh inning when Freddie Freeman put the icing on the victory cake with a solo shot to give the Braves a 7-0 lead, a lead they never wanted. would never give up along the way. the team’s first title since 1995.
This auction includes a large number of original photographs, the vast majority of which have been type 1 encapsulated by PSA/DNA. One such lot is a June 13, 1948 photo of “The Babe Bows Out”, believed to be the actual print used for the Herald Tribune the night photographer Nat Fein took his famous image of a dying Ruth doing her farewell to baseball at Yankee Stadium.
Among the many other Type 1 lots: a 1920 Shoeless Joe Jackson news photo, a signed and autographed photo of Lou Gehrig (George Burke) from the Earle Combs family collection, a rookie signing photo of Sandy Koufax in 1954 with the Dodgers, a February 1988 image of Michael Jordan winning his second straight Slam Dunk contest, and a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. from his protest speech in Selma, Alabama.
In addition to the signed ’84-85 Star Jordan, the auction also contains an autographed copy of Mickey Mantle’s 1952 Bowman card, rated PSA 4 with an autograph rating of 9.
Another key card in the sale is a 1933 Goudey #92 Lou Gehrig rated SGC Mint 9 – the highest ranked example in the company’s demographics report.
Some high-end modern cards are also available for sale. A 2017 Bowman Mega Box Chrome Prospects Shohei Ohtani rookie is the only example in the PSA population report with two Gem Mint 10 grades for card and auto. A variety of Patrick Mahomes cards are featured, including a colossal National Treasures 2017 rookie hardware signature rated BGS Mint 9 with an auto 10. For those looking to get their hands on a rookie example of an NFL player at the upside, look no further than the two offered Mac Jones rookie patch autos – both numbered out of 5.
Fans of the late Arnold Palmer will see a one-of-a-kind piece: an 18-karat gold Rolex Presidential wristwatch engraved on the case back with Palmer’s monogram “ADP”, for Arnold Daniel Palmer.
The watch was later included by Palmer in a charity dinner and auction held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, NY, on June 13, 1995, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the USGA (United States Golf Association).
A longtime basketball collector has logged a collection of 30 items used in the game, including a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers jersey, a Celtics warm-up jacket worn by Bob Cousy, and a warm-up jacket and pants Barry Liebowitz Pittsburgh Pipers of the 1960s.
Other prominent memorabilia used in the game include the cap and sunglasses worn by Fernando Tatis Jr. in his MLB debut in 2019, a shirt worn by Pele Brazil circa 1970, and Joc Pederson’s bat in 2021 that he ‘robbed’ Anthony Rizzo and used to hit three playoff home runs.
Championship jewelry on the block includes a 1957 Milwaukee Braves World Series ring, a 2010 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship ring, a 2006 Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI ring, and an Atlanta Braves ring 1995 World Series.
The sale is set to run through February 5 on SCPAuctions.com.