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Auction Action: Goldin January 2023 Elite

Auction Action: Goldin January 2023 Elite
February 8, 2023
Bradley Calleja

Storylines abound in this Goldin Elite January auction. From what could be a record-breaking soccer sale to Tom Brady's retirement, LeBron setting an NBA record, and the Super Bowl, the auction is filled with relevant sports collectibles. In this edition of Auction Action we review the top lots scheduled to sell.

Lots to Watch

Lot #1: Diego Maradona "Hand of God" and "Goal of the Century" Soccer Ball

It's the multi-million dollar question.

Will Goldin be able to do what Graham Budd Auctions could not?

The reserve price for the Diego Maradona 'Hand of God' soccer ball was set at £2.5 million in November when it was posted for sale at Graham Budd. The ball attracted a flurry of bids to reach £2 million but ultimately went unsold. After less than four months, the ball has resurfaced and is now up for auction at Goldin. Through 20 bids, the ball has once again reached seven-figures and once again, is poised to become the first multi-million-dollar soccer ball ever sold publicly.

There's just one problem though and that problem is an inflated reserve. While Goldin does not post the reserve price, one could assume it is at least $2.5 million.

Lots #3: 2003-04 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor #111 LeBron James Rookie Card (#02/50) – PSA GEM MT 10

One of the most premier LeBron James cards on the market is scheduled to sell less than 24 hours after 'The King' established himself as the NBA's all-time leading scorer. There are only 9 gem mint examples in existence for this highly coveted rookie card and the current public auction record is only $24,500. There has not been a public auction sale in nearly 5 years and the only other price point that has been recorded was a private sale in August for $1.2 million. At the time of publication, this card has pulled-in 21 bids and has a current price of $570,000.

Lot #4: Tom Brady Game-Used, Photo-Matched, Signed, Inscribed Buccaneers Jersey

The G.O.A.T has officially retired and the impact of his career ending will be realized tonight when one of his final game-worn jerseys sells at Goldin. This jersey was worn by Brady during a game in which he led Tampa Bay to a last second victory and passed longtime rival Peyton Manning for 4th on the all-time comeback list with 44. The current record for any NFL threads is a Tom Brady Buccaneers jersey which realized more than $570,000 in the spring of 2022. This latest offering is both signed and inscribed by the gridiron legend and is priced at $276,000 through 11 bids.

Lot #18: 2017 Panini National Treasures (RPA) #161 Patrick Mahomes II Signed Patch Rookie Card

If you've read our recent Sports Collectible Reports (if not, you should here!), you would know that the high-end Patrick Mahomes market has collapsed over the last few months. At its peak, prices for these /99 RPA's in a BGC 9.5 reached nearly $300,000 and there were five six-figure sales between April 2022 - September 2022. The last price realized at auction though was $75,000 via PWCC in January as the valuation reached its lowest point since 2021. If there is any saving the Mahomes market, it could be a second Super Bowl title. With 11 bids already placed, the BGS 9.5 graded RPA has reached $62,500 with buyer's premium and will need some activity in the extended session if these patch autos are to get back to six-figures.

All Images via Goldin

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