Acuna Jr. Rookie Brings Nearly $400,000 in Goldin Monthly Auction

Seventeen cards crossed the six-figure mark as Goldin Auctions closed out its second monthly sports card auction early Sunday.  Nearly 1,400 lots were offered in the online catalog, which generated $8.5 million, a 60% increase from the company’s first monthly auction in February.

High-grade modern cards dominated the final results.  A 2017 Bowman Chrome Red Refractor Ronald Acuna Jr. numbered to 5 and graded BGS 10 became the most expensive card of the Atlanta Braves star ever sold when it closed at $399,750. 

A PSA 10 2011 Topps Mike Trout Red parallel was among a pile of cards that also set record prices.  Exclusive to packs and boxes sold at Target stores, the rookie card sold for $136,530. 

A PSA 7.5 1998-99 Fleer Brilliance Kobe Bryant 24kt Gold (#14/24) netted $111,930–the most every paid for a 1998 Bryant card.

The top selling items in the auction were a pair of PSA 10 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan cards, each of which sold for $492,000, well under the record prices of over $700,000 Goldin attained a couple of months ago.  That well-publicized moment has brought several examples to market across a few different auction houses, likely contributing to a market dip.  PSA has graded over 20,000 Jordan rookies with 315 rated Gem Mint 10.

The continued interest in cards featuring entertainers played out with the sale of a

2006-07 Topps Chrome “Signs of Stardom” Superfractor Jay-Z Autograph.  Graded BGS 9/8, the 1/1 sticker autograph card sold for over $105,000. 

Other top selling items in the auction included:

1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractor #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card – PSA GEM MT 10 $399,750
2003-04 Topps Chrome Refractors #111 LeBron James Rookie Card – PSA GEM MT 10  $209,100
1999-00 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Autographed Michael Jordan (#13/23) – BGS MINT 9/BGS 10 $186,960 (record price)
2003-04 Upper Deck SPX #151 LeBron James RPA (#650/750) – BGS PRISTINE 10 $137,760 (record price)
1986-87 Fleer Stickers #8 Michael Jordan Rookie – PSA GEM MT 10   $135,300
2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospect Autographs (Red Refractors) Francisco Lindor Signed Rookie Card (#4/5) – BGS GEM MINT 9.5/BGS 10  $75,030 (record price).
1986 Topps #161 Jerry Rice Rookie Card – PSA GEM MT 10  $119,310  (record price)

Prices include a 23% buyer’s premium, a figure lowered to 20% if the winner pays promptly and doesn’t use a credit card.

Just three months into the new year, Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin says his sales have already surpassed the company’s entire total for 2020.

Goldin’s next auction is set to open Tuesday.

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he’s usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected]

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