Triple Logoman Jordan, Kobe, LeBron Brings $1.68 Million in Goldin Auction

Modern basketball cards were the big sellers as Goldin wrapped up its National Elite Auction late Saturday night.

Topping the list of high end items was the 2006-07 Upper Deck Exquisite All-NBA Access Triple Logoman card featuring game-used NBA logo patches from Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. The 1/1 card, designated “Authentic” by PSA sold for $1.68 million after 13 bids. 

That wasn’t the only million dollar card in the auction, though.  One of five copies of the 2009-10 National Treasures Century Platinum Stephen Curry Rookie Patch Autograph (PSA 9/auto grade 10) sold for $1.08 million. 

Another card fell just short of seven figures.  A 1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Jordan autograph (#9/23) graded PSA 7 sold for $990,000.  The card was among the hobby’s first game-used jersey patch issues, setting a trend that continues to this day.

Several Curry cards sold for six-figure prices including a 2009-10 National Treasures RPA (#62/99) graded BGS 9/10 ($450,000), a National Treasures Century Gold RPA (#11/25) graded PSA 8/10 ($420,000) and a 2020-21 Flawless Triple Logoman with Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson graded PSA 10 ($372,000).

Forty-one lots sold for $100,000 or more in the auction, which also featured a record price for a card featuring new MLB rookie star Julio Rodriguez.  One of the five 2019 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Red Refractor autographs–this one graded BGS 9.5/10– netted $276,000.

F1 star Max Verstappen’s 2020 Topps Chrome 1/1 SuperFractor (PSA 9/9) sold for $534,000, a record for any of his cards sold to date.

A copy of the famous deferred compensation contract between the New York Mets and Bobby Bonilla sold for $180,000, which also gave the winning bidder some other perks.

The signed pact, owned by Bonilla’s agent Dennis Gilbert, deferred the $5.9 million the team owed Bonilla after his release in 2000.  Mets ownership opted to defer payments across a 25-year period with eight percent interest.

Each year on July 1, Bonilla receives a $1,193,248 payment from the Mets, an annual event known to the baseball world as “Bobby Bonilla Day.” He’ll continue receiving payments until age 72, hauling in over $29 million from the deal.

The contract belonged to Gilbert.  The as yet unknown winning bidder also gets to spend a day with Bonilla in New York next year including Mets game tickets and dinner.  The person also receives two 30-minte Zoom calls – one with Bonilla himself, and one with Gilbert. Bonilla also promised a game-used bat from his personal collection, an autographed baseball, and a 1-of-1 NFT of the contract. 

Complete auction results can be found here.

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for over 35 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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