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.
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