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1857 Football was born in Sheffield
2011 SOLD 880 K£ including premium
Particularly dynamic since its creation in 1857, the Sheffield Foot-Ball Club immediately established a working group to standardize the sport. On October 28, 1858, a set of eleven rules was adopted. Sheffield succeeded where other clubs had failed: in 1863 the new Football Association confirmed the game as it was played in Sheffield.
The club sells its archives on July 14 at Sotheby's in London.
The documents contain the official records of the club with the minutes of meetings and the first accounts of games. They include, of course, the oldest handwritten version of the rules of football, but also the only known copy of the first printed edition (1859).
It is an extraordinary set for the knowledge of sports history, so important as an input to social history as a whole. The estimate, £ 800K, seems low.
POST SALE COMMENT
The estimate was well targeted. Sold £ 880K including premium, the lot has remained around the low estimate.
I invite you to play the video shared on the web by Sotheby's.
1892 Faster, Stronger, Higher
2019 SOLD for $ 8.8M including premium
With a remarkable open-mindedness, Coubertin compares the progress of sport in several countries. In England, the country of the fair play, football is a team sport practiced in colleges, including Rugby, and the establishment of official rules allows competitions. In Sweden the mental benefit of gymnastics is officially recognized. In the United States, sport opens the way to the practice of collective recreation. He does not like the use of sport for military training in Germany but recognizes its heroic character.
The time is also favorable for meetings of thematic clubs in England and France. They will support the development of the Coubertin project. In 1891 he promulgates a motto : citius, fortius, altius (later modified in its sequence). Coubertin is setting the example : on March 20, 1892 he is the referee in the final of the first French rugby championship.
Taking as a pretext the fifth anniversary of a running club, a conference is organized at the Sorbonne on November 25, 1892, with three speakers. Bourdon and Jusserand tell the history of the sport. Coubertin, entrusted for dealing with modern sport, concludes his speech by proposing the reestablishment of the Olympic Games.
In this seminal address, Coubertin's vision is universal. The most developed nations will help the others. It is a matter of practicing sports in common between athletes of all nations with a search for the individual excellence, but not yet of international competition or rewards.
The autograph draft of this Coubertin thesis, largely modified by the author in the preparation phase, is estimated $ 700K for sale by Sotheby's in New York on December 18, lot 173.
Very remarkably, despite necessarily different visions of his international interlocutors, it is Coubertin himself who will concretize his concept. A January 1894 autograph document defining the stadium and sports passed at Goldin Auctions on October 29, 2016. In June 1894, Pierre de Coubertin creates the International Olympic Committee.
#AuctionUpdate Moments ago in our #NYC salesroom, the original Olympic Games manifesto soared to $8.8 million, more than 8.5x its $1 million high estimate following a 12-minute bidding battle. The manifesto outlines Pierre de Coubertin's vision for reviving the ancient games. pic.twitter.com/xoR4uAzs2t— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) December 18, 2019
1896 The English Trophy
2020 SOLD for £ 760K including premium
This competition is symbolized by a trophy which is entrusted to the winning club until the final of the following year. This heavy piece of silverware to be lifted by two large handles goes from club to club. It was stolen in September 1895. Despite a promised reward of £ 10, it was not found. Much later, a counterfeiter will declare without convincing proof that he had stolen it in order to melt it.
A new trophy was therefore needed for 1896. It was made by a Birmingham silversmith as an exact replica of the lost piece of which a cast had been preserved. It is 41 cm high, 51 cm overall with the plinth, and its cover is decorated with a footballer.
A design change is decided in 1910 with the intention of protecting a new model by copyright. The obsolete trophy, which bears the list of winning clubs from 1872 to 1910 spread over several cartouches, is presented to FA President Lord Kinnaird, a champion who had been a member of its council since 1868.
In the direct descent from the Lord, the cup was sold for £ 480K including premium by Christie's on May 19, 2005, lot 100. It is estimated £ 700K for sale by Bonhams in London on September 29, lot 6.
□Up for the Cup□— Bonhams (@bonhams1793) September 8, 2020
We're offering a piece of English football history in our Spectacular Sporting Trophies & Memorabilia auction on September 29 – the oldest surviving FA Cup presented to winning teams between 1896 and 1910 □https://t.co/g2VHODn6ds pic.twitter.com/FVX285eggD
□The oldest surviving FA Cup, presented to the winning teams between 1896-1910, sold at #Bonhams today for £760,000□️— Bonhams (@bonhams1793) September 29, 2020
The trophy charts the transformation of the game from one dominated by public school players to the popular mass participation sport that it became and remains. pic.twitter.com/W3ukAOdbs7
1936 Olympic Gold for Jesse Owens
2013 SOLD 1.47 M$ including premium
He won four prestigious events : 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and within 4 x 100 meters team. This grandson of slaves who was born in Alabama became a hero for the whole African-American community and is still now one of the most popular symbols of the Nazi abuse.
On this last point, the reality is surprising. Hitler was willing to admit that Negroes had morphologic features that enabled them to win. Earlier in these games, the Chancellor had only congratulated German athletes. His advisers made him understand that it was a blunder and he therefore decided to stop contacting any winner.
Owens himself declared that Hitler had not been hostile to him. On the opposite, the champion sharply criticized the racial segregation in his own country, which will still go further for 32 years before being abolished.
One of the four gold medals of Jesse Owens is for sale by SCP Auctions. The online auction will close on December 7. It is not known which of his four wins is related to this award. His other three medals are not localized.
I invite you to play the video commented by Darren Rovell for the ESPN specialized sport channel.
POST SALE COMMENT
Very good result for this medal that was outstanding for both sporting feat and political significance: $ 1.47 million including premium.
1964 Bear Hunting with Gloves
2014 SOLD 840 K$ including premium
The World champion defending his title is Sonny Liston nicknamed Big Bear, huge destructive force in the ring and a terror by the city. He had won his title by knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round, a feat that he repeated during the rematch.
Against this exceptional puncher, nobody will bet on the challenger, Cassius Clay. This young man 22 years old had however been the Olympic champion in 1960 but is not yet feared among professionals. He nevertheless dared to greatly annoy Liston in the morning of the match by declaring the opening of the bear hunting.
Taller, younger and more flexible, Clay won the match when Liston could not resume at the seventh round. Aware of his feat and already attentive to his own marketing, Clay immediately trumpeted "I am the Greatest". A few months later he said that his name was a slave's and changed it to Muhammad Ali.
The gloves used by Clay against Liston on February 25, 1964 had almost made him lose the match in the fourth round after he rubbed his eyes without realizing that the gloves were soiled.
These gloves have become one of the most important match used equipment in the history of boxing. They are for sale by Heritage in New York on February 22, lot 80073 in the catalog. The price is difficult to predict.
POST SALE COMMENT
It was one of the most important boxing fights of the twentieth century. The gloves used by Cassius Clay were sold for $ 840K including premium.
1965 The First Fight of Muhammad Ali
2015 SOLD for $ 960K including premium
The pair of gloves used by Cassius Clay in Miami Beach was sold for $ 840K including premium by Heritage on February 22, 2014.
The revenge promised to be stormy. Clay's invectives against Liston had contributed to irritate and weaken the colossus. None of them was welcomed by US officials. Liston's links to organized crime were known. Clay had become Muhammad Ali in the meantime to support a Black radical movement, the Nation of Islam.
The fight took place in Lewiston, Maine on May 25, 1965. Unexpectedly, Ali won by knockout in the first round. The blow by Ali's right arm was terrible but had generated a great confusion. The referee had not counted the knockdown and Liston was suspected of lying down. Indeed, the video does not clearly conclude.
To anticipate a formal investigation which ultimately did not take place, the Maine State Boxing Commissioner immediately seized their pairs of gloves, which long remained in his family. These two pairs originally collected for the risk of scandal have remained together and will be sold in one lot by Heritage in New York on February 21, lot 80063.
1967 Three Decades of Wins
2019 SOLD for $ 1.22M including premium
Nicklaus is the youngest of the three. He became a professional in 1962. His success record is unmatched, even though it was approached by Tiger Woods. In 1966 he was the 4th player to have won at least once in each of the four Grand Slam tournaments. He was the first to win each of these tournaments twice, in 1971, then three times, in 1978. At 46, he won his 6th Masters. Later entering the senior tours, he won his 100th and last victory in 1996.
In 1966 during an event in Tokyo, Rolex offers a cocktail party where the three friends participate. The brand, always eager to sponsor athletes, is already working with Player. Nicklaus, who had not used watches until then, defines his special watch.
Nicklaus receives his gift in 1967 : a Rolex Day-Date reference 1803 in yellow gold with a champagne-colored dial, a mark of hours inspired by golf tees and a President-style bracelet.
The champion uses this watch to this day in competitions and in everyday life. He wears it in the 12 Grand Slam tournaments which he wins after this acquisition. For Rolex, it is a remarkable demonstrator of elegance and robustness.
The Rolex is on his wrist when he waves the British Open trophy at St Andrews in 1978. This photo was chosen in 2005 by the Royal Bank of Scotland to illustrate the £ 5 bill. This American from Ohio becomes the first non-royal personality to have his portrait in his life time on a British note.
Jack and Barbara were married in 1960. They have been supporting the National Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio since 1976 and established in 2004 in Florida the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation.
The time for sports success has gone and charity is becoming a priority. Nicklaus sells his Rolex for the exclusive benefit of his Foundation. The auction is managed by Phillips in New York on December 10, lot 18.
1972 The Team Canada Jersey of Paul Henderson
2010 SOLD for $ 1.27M including premium by Classic Auctions
narrated in 2020
The Soviets accept the challenge. The matches between the two national teams take place in September, the first four in Canada and then four in Moscow, under the name of the Summit Series.
Both teams are at the best level and the eighth game is decisive. The Soviets scored more goals and a draw is enough for them to win the series. A score of 5-5 is therefore favorable to them. The tension is growing. 34 seconds before the end of the match, Paul Henderson scores the winning goal for a final 6-5.
The red and white number 19 jersey worn by Henderson for the four games played in Russia, including of course the triumphant goal, was sold for $ 1.27M including premium by Classic Auctions on June 22, 2010. Here is the link to the post sale article by ESPN.
1979 Gretzky by O-Pee-Chee and Topps
2020 SOLD for $ 1.3M including premium
Wayne Gretzky is hockey's super-champion, and his rookie cards published in 1979 by both companies are avidly sought after by collectors. The O-Pee-Chee is the rarest.
The text on the back of the card announces the future great career of the champion : he is "the best prospect to turn professional since Guy Lafleur".
Gretzky had entered the NHL before the legal age of that league for a conjunctural cause. He had played the 1978-1979 season as a professional at 17 with the WHA which was absorbed at the end of that season by the NHL. The WHA had no age limit.
The population of Wayne Gretzky's rookie cards in PSA supreme grade Gem Mint 10 is two units for the O-Pee-Chee and two for the Topps. Heritage lists one example of each in the online sale that ends on December 10.
The O-Pee-Chee gem mint had been sold for $ 94K including premium by SCP Auctions on May 1, 2011 and for $ 465K including premium by Goldin on August 4, 2016, lot 25. It was then the only O-Pee-Chee Gretzky rookie card known in that grade. It is estimated $ 1M by Heritage, lot 58423. The Topps is estimated $ 400K, lot 58422.
A sealed box of 48 packs of 14 1979 O-Pee-Chee cards each is estimated $ 75K, lot 58446.
In the same sale on December 11, a PSA Mint 9 of the same O-Pee-Chee is estimated $ 50K, lot 58747 and another sealed box is estimated $ 100K, lot 58861.
RESULTS including premium
O-Pee-Chee Gem Mint SOLD for $ 1.3M
Topps Gem Mint SOLD for $ 720K
O-Pee-Chee Mint SOLD for $ 84K
sealed boxes SOLD for $ 114K and $ 250K
2017 Panini Cards of Patrick Mahomes
2021 SOLD for $ 860K including premium by Goldin
narrated post sale
Currently 25 years old, Patrick is breaking NFL records in terms of passing yards. On July 20, 2020, his contract renewal with the Chiefs is an all-time record for American sport. Its ten-year forecast total is $ 503M including a guarantee of $ 140M.
For his NFL rookie year in 2017, Patrick Mahomes had been attributed a card in no less than 37 Panini series, differentiated by variants of images and by the combination of three options : serialization, signature, patch of jersey or helmet.
On January 30-31, 2021, Goldin offered in sets vs singles a complete collection of the 37 Panini rookie cards of Patrick Mahomes. The most prestigious, from the version in 99 serial numbers of the National Treasures series, exceeded the highest bid for the group. It was sold for $ 400K including premium, lot 409.
The National Treasures were themselves divided by Panini into five very close variants, serialized up to 99, 25, 15, 10 and 5 respectively. In the same sale as above, the card 1/5 of the 'black' variant, graded Mint 9 by BGS, was sold for $ 860K including premium, lot 18. The signature is perfect and the jersey patch includes part of the logo of the AFC, one of the two associations that make up the NFL.