Tuesday 23 January 2018

From baseball to hurling, sports memorabilia sells

SPORTS memorabilia fans are enviously eyeing the recent sale of the famous Honus Wagner (T206), the Holy Grail of baseball cards, which went for €1.22 million after brisk bidding.

Due to a dispute (it's said the player complained that he didn't want to endorse smoking), fewer than 200 of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates player were produced by American Tobacco Company (1909-11). In 2013, one of these rare cards went for €1.94m. And it's reported that Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick bought one for €2.58m in 2010.

The market for sports memorabilia remains buoyant. A pair of Michael Jordan's NBA Nike shoes worn in 1984, sold recently for €65,750.

Next month a photo of Michael Collins greeting the Dublin 1921 Leinster final hurling team at Croke Park will be auctioned by Adams (estimate €300-€500).

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