Collectibles Market Weekly Recap

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Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

The collectibles market has had an incredible past 18 months, with sports cards bursting back in to the mainstream conversation and record sales of both iconic vintage and modern superstars sometimes selling for millions of dollars.

Recently, there have been many other types of collectibles that have been heating up as well, with graded comic books, video games, ticket stubs and game-worn memorabilia beginning to take center stage.

The steady rise of auction houses such as Goldin, PWCC, and Heritage as well as the birth of fractional ownership apps such as Rally, Dibbs, Collectable and Otis, have made it possible for people on any budget to get in the game.

This weekly article will aim to inform you of some of the more interesting and exciting items that sold during the previous week as well as give a look ahead to some assets that will soon be available.

1. Lebron James 2003 Exquisite RPA PSA 8.5/10 - $1,572,000

Goldin Auctions

This iconic RPA was graded NM-MT+ 8.5 by PSA sold for $1,572,000 at Goldin Auctions.

The card is numbered /99, and is the only one graded an 8.5 by PSA, with just one graded higher. It is also the first "Exquisite Collection" rookie card of LeBron James that was ever produced.

Back in April of 2021, a LeBron Exquisite RPA numbered /23 sold for $5.2 million dollars, which at the time tied the record for the most expensive sports card ever.

2. Tom Brady Game Worn Jersey - $480,000

brady jersey
Goldin Auctions

This jersey is from the final regular season game (January 3rd, 2021) of the 2020 season, a 44-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons, in which Brady threw for 399 yards and 4 touchdowns just a few weeks before he won Super Bowl LV. The final sale price at Goldin Auctions of $480,000 set an all-time record for any game-used NFL jersey.

According to Goldin Auctions, "this jersey is the only one we know of that Brady inscribed "G.O.A.T.", for "Greatest of All Time" on, which suggests that it is truly one of a kind -- a one of one."

3. Lamelo Ball National Treasures RPA /10 PSA 9 - $204,000

Goldin Auctions

This card is numbered to just 10, making it one of the most rare and sought after cards of 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year, Lamelo Ball. National Treasures is the most collectible Panini set, and this particular card has incredible eye appeal with an absolutely SICK patch.

It was graded a PSA 9 with a 10 auto and sold at Goldin Auctions for $204,000.

4. 1990 John Madden Football Sega Genesis WATA 9.2 A+ - $66,000

Heritage Auctions

Legendary football coach and analyst John Madden passed away on December 28, 2021, but his legacy will live on forever in the hearts of football fans AND gamers alike.

This WATA 9.2 A+ graded Sega Genesis game from 1990 sold for $66,000 at Heritage Auctions, with the fact that this particular example being in a cardboard box instead of the more widely used plastic clamshell case increasing its value.

5. Tom Brady Debut Ticket - $44,400

brady ticket
Goldin Auctions

This signed full ticket (BGS Auto 10) was from September 23rd, 2001 - the game in which Mo Lewis of the New York Jets knocked then Patriots starting QB Drew Bledsoe out of the game with a vicious sideline hit, and the legacy of Tom Brady began.

It sold for $44,400 at Goldin Auctions, an all-time record for this Tom Brady ticket.

6. Pele World Cup Debut Ticket - $36,000

Goldin Auctions

This ticket is from Pele's FIFA World Cup debut on June 15, 1958 where he made an appearance as a substitute in Brazil's 2-0 win over the USSR. It is graded a PR 1 with an MK (mark) qualifier.

The low grade didn't seem to bother bidders, as the final sale price of $36,000 at Goldin Auctions was an all-time record for any soccer ticket.

7. Mariano Rivera Debut Ticket - $31,200

Goldin Auctions

This ticket was from the May 23rd, 1995 game where New York Yankees Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera made his Major League debut against the California Angels. His career got off to a rocky start, as he gave up five runs and eight hits in 3.1 innings on this day.

Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA, signature graded “10” by PSA/DNA, the stub is signed in blue ink and inscribed “Major League Debut” below his name. It sold for $31,200 at Goldin Auctions.

8. Recur Passes - $650

Recur Marketplace

Recur, a new NFT collectibles platform that already boasts partnerships with franchises such as Hello Kitty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Godfather, and Star Trek (to name a few), held a 24-hour sale of "Recur Passes" in mid-December. These passes grant early access and benefits to their holders.

Each pass is unique, with a set of numbers and colors that determine its rarity. Buyers were able to purchase these passes for $300/each during that 24-hour window, and Recur reported that they sold 64,031 of them.

Those who purchased one must be happy to see the current floor price of $650, meaning they have more than doubled in value in less than a month... and with the first collectible drop coming in February, Recur is definitely a platform to look out for!

On The Horizon!

9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lot - COMING SOON!

Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions

This collection belongs to Mark Freedman, the licensing agent behind the iconic TMNT brand. For any fan of the franchise, it is an absolute treasure trove of collectibles featuring more than 200 lots full of rare merchandise, prototypes that never made it in to production and comic books.

Check out the full list of TMNT items that will be made available to the public. It will make you want to jump in to the sewer and crush some pizzas!

10. Bored Ape Yacht Club Trippy Fur #8827 - COMING SOON!

Rally Rd

Rally Road

Bored Apes recently $1B in total sales volume, with nearly $500,000,000 of that coming in the 4th quarter of 2021.

This particular Ape's "trippy fur" is its rarest trait, found in just .77% of all Bored Apes. #BAYC8827 is the 324th most rare Ape in the collection and for those who would love to own one but can't afford the $820,000 price tag, it will soon be available for fractional ownership on Rally Road.

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