Mastro Auctions’ second live sports auction of 2008 generated nearly $3 million in sales. The event, held Dec. 8 at The Sports Museum of America in New York City, featured two sessions – “Legends of the Diamond” which offered more than 80 premium lots of high-end baseball memorabilia and “Legends of the Gridiron” that presented more than 250 Hall-of-Fame-associated pieces of football memorabilia.
The top-performing baseball item in the auction was a Mickey Mantle 1958 Yankees World Series game-worn road jersey that sold for $216,000. The baseball Mantle hit for his 16th career World Series home run in 1964, which broke Babe Ruth’s record of 15 home runs in World Series play, sold for $96,000. A Mantle 1951 H&B game-used bat, a rare model only ordered in Mantle’s rookie season, went for $66,000. A 1927 Ruth-signed photo display commemorating his 60 home run season sold for $66,000.