Auction Round Up: Collectible Letters, Documents & Sports Memorabilia

Andrea Divirgilio / March 2, 2013

We have earlier told you about the most happening auctions that kick started the year 2013, including the high end collectible cars, classic cars at RM Auctions Arizona 2013 and the expensive art sales that set the high-end art market abuzz in 2013. Now, take a look at some of the other upcoming auctions featuring antique documents, personal letters and sports memorabilia that is expected to woo the collectors.

Francis Crick’s letter to son about DNA

Expected Price: $2 million

An English molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, and most noted for being a co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953 together with James D. Watson, the then 33-year old Francis Harry Compton Crick wrote a letter to his 12-year old son, describing his discovery of DNA with James Watson. Now the Noble Prize winner’s letter will show up at Christie’s auction block, where it’s expected to fetch as much as $2 million.

Francis Crick’s letter to son about DNA

Space Magna Carta, pages from Apollo 11 log

Expected Price: $60,000 – $100,000

Space Magna Carta, pages from Apollo 11 log

In the Bonhams administered Space History Sale on March 25, collectors of space memorabilia will get to grab some of the very best space history material on the market to date. The highlight of this sale featuring an exceptional selection of space related documents, memorabilia, and artifacts is a 1975 printed certificate marking the symbolic end to the space race, which has been nicknamed the Space Magna Carta. One of four in existence, the certificate hails from the first successful docking of a US and a USSR spacecraft – the Apollo and the Soyuz – and was signed in space by the cosmonauts and astronauts aboard the respective missions. Bearing the signatures of Tom Stafford, Deke Slayton, Vance Brand, Valerie Kubasov and Alexei Leonov, the text advocating cooperation and peace is written in both Russian and English, and features an illustration of the spacecraft locked together in orbit.

First Baseball Card, 1863

Expected Price: $50,000

First Baseball Card, 1863

Created back in 1863, the first ever baseball card will show up at the auction block as part of a New Jersey Auction on April 19th, where it’s expected to fetch as much as $50,000. Widely known as the Grand Match at Hobokem card, it was originally ordered and distributed by Harry Wright, who’s also the card’s subject and was one of the driving forces of baseball during early days who assembled, managed and played for the sport’s first fully professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings. We have earlier also given you some tips for investing in Baseball cards.

Two Sports Jerseys

Price Realized: $1.4 million

Two Sports Jerseys fetched $1.4 million

At the Heritage’s Platinum Sports night in New York, the Lou Gehrig’s heavy gray flannel “road jersey,” and Mike Eurzione”s splashy 1980 Olympic hockey jersey together fetched whopping $1.4 million. Notably, Gehrig’s jersey (pictured above) became the highlight of the sale by fetching as much as $717,000.

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