Heritage Auctions of Dallas Texas will host an impressive Online Sports Memorabilia Auction Feb 25-26. Heritage Auctions is a leading purveyor of direct-from-the-source sports collectibles and will put its reputation on the line again during their Platinum Night Auction featuring personal keepsakes from Evel Knievel and Olga Korbut. Items being auctioned off from their estates are expected to realize six-figure returns while the event itself should see over $10 million in sales. For those in the sports collectibles community this event has become the most anticipated semi-annual sale. “Hobbyists have been waiting 40 years for the chance to own Knievel and Korbut treasures,” Heritage Sports Collectibles Director Chris Ivy said. “We are thrilled to be the venue to present them to the collecting world.” I’m certain everyone above the age of 50 has a memory of Evel and Olga performing in the 70’s. Evel’s attempt to clear the Snake River in Colorado in a custom made rocket and Olga’s performance at the 1972 Olympic games where she won three gold medals will be lasting memories for that generation. Highlights from Evel’s collection include th e ” Motorcycle Leathers ” Knievel wore in 1972-73 and his Famous Diamond-Studded Walking Stick with a hidden liquor compartment. The current bid for those items are $32,000 and $26,000 respectively. Korbut’s 5 Olympic Medals – 3 gold and 2 silver – were personally consigned by the gymnast and are expected to gross over $100,000. The balance of the sale will feature an array of top-end trading cards and memorabilia. Let’s take a look at some other key pieces and their current bids:

Cards

  • Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps – $500,000

  • Jim Brown PSA Mint 9 rookie card – $190,000

  • Bart Starr PSA Mint 9 rookie card – $140,000

  • Bart Starr PSA Mint 9 rookie card – $30,000

  • Ty Cobb/Cobb Back T206 -$180,000

Memorabilia

  • Mickey Mantle Jersey worn hitting homer #535 – $280,000

  • Ted Williams bat – definitely used in historic 1947 Triple Crown season -$80,000

  • Piedmont Tobacco Tri-fold baseball advertising sign – $20,000

Other Top Lots

  • Christy Mathewson Portrait T206 Piedmont PSA NM-MT+ 8.5: est. $80,000

  • USA Olympic Team Blazer Worn in 1960 in Rome by Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali): est. $100,000 A 1916 Standard Biscuit D350 Babe Ruth #151 Rookie PSA VG-EX 4: est. $250,000

  • Jackie Robinson 1948 Leaf #79 PSA NM-MT 8: $100,000

  • Babe Ruth-Signed New York Yankees Player’s Contract which inspired a reporter to ask Ruth about the idea of making more money than then-president Herbert Hoover, prompting one of the most famous quotes of his career: “Why not? I had a better year than he did.” Est. $500,000

  • Lou Gehrig MVP Sheets and a Handwritten Letter Signed in 1939 from The Thomas Jacob Archive: est. $40,000

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