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Rare & Valuable Coins

Top 10 Most Valuable Quarters of All Time

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RankCoinGradeDate SoldCompositionFactsBuyer & SellerImageValue
11796 Draped Bust QuarterMS66202289% Silver, 11% copperTotal mintage of the 1796 quarter was just 6,146. This record setting auction sale was one of the early strikes delivered in April of the same year.The coin is most likely from the Ten Eyck Collection, then owned by Milton Holmes. It's just one of three coins in MS66 condition, and there is only one finer.1796 Draped Bust Quarter$1,740,000
21827 Capped Bust QuarterPR66+201589% silver, 11% copperThe finest known 1827 Capped Bust quarter, produced by the Philadelphia Mint with light gold tones. Sold from the D. Brent Pogue Collection, the coin was originally purchased by Dr. George Massamore for $215. Then, bought by T. Harrison Garrett. 1827 Capped Bust Quarter$705,000
31807 Draped Bust QuarterMS67MS6789% silver, 11% copperThis was the finest Browning-1 example, and the sole Simpson 1807 Draped Bust Eagle known. It's the second appearance in an auction since 1907. Not sold publicly since the Eliasberg Collection in 1997, and before that wasn't sold since Clapp Estate held it from 1907 to 1942.1807 Draped Bust Quarter$630,000
41805 Draped Bust QuarterMS66200889% silver, 11% copper1805 was only the third year the U.S. Mint produced quarters. After minting about 6,000 coins in the first two years, the U.S. Mint increased quarter production up to 121,000 coins in 1805.The coin was sold from The Madison Collection.1805 Draped Bust Quarter$402,500
51920-D Standing Liberty QuarterMS68+202190% silver, 10% copperDesigned by American sculptor Hermon MacNeil, the Standing Liberty Quarter was minted from 1916 to 1930.Sold from a collection known for the finest quality, the Just Having Fun Collection, this coin was also owned by the Bob R. Simpson Collection.1920 D standing liberty$372,000
61828 Capped Bust QuarterMS67201389% silver, 11% copperThis coin is the finest certified quarter dollar from 1828.Sold from the Newman Collection.1828 Capped Bust Quarter$352,500
71804 Draped Bust QuarterMS65201190% silver, 10% copperThe finest example of only three or four 1804 Draped Bust quarters.Once owned by Colonel Edward Green, then the Jerome Kern Collection.1804 Draped Bust Quarter$345,000
81840 Seated Liberty QuarterMS67201390% silver, 10% copperThe design by Christian Gobrecht was only struck for three years on the Seated Liberty quarter, from 1838 to 1840.Sold from the Eric P. Newman Collection1840 Seated Liberty Quarter$329,000
91806 Draped Bust QuarterMS66201590% silver, 10% copperDesigned by Robert Scot, the Draped Bust Quarter was minted from 1796 to 1807. Sold from the D. Brent Pogue Collection1806 Draped Bust Quarter$188,000
101913-S Barber QuarterMS68200590% silver, 10% copperOf the 2 million quarters produced in 1913, only 40,000 Barber quarters were minted at the San Francisco Mint. The finest known example of the 1913-S Barber quarter was sold from the John C. Hugon Collection.1913 barber quarter$172,500

Sports Cards

Top 10 Most Valuable Football Cards

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RankCardGradeValueDate SoldFactsBuyer & SellerImage
1 2017 National Treasures Pat Mahomes AutoBGS 8.5$4.3 million2021The Panini card is identified as 1 of 1, making it the most valuable football card ever sold. The autograph is graded BGS 10, with the NFL Shield Rookie Patch. The sale by PWCC Marketplace to LJ's Card Shop in New Albany, Ohio broke the record held by the Tom Brady $3.1 million card. 2017 national treasures pat mahomes rookie card
22000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Auto/TicketBGS 9 BGS$3.1 million2021Only 7 Tom Brady 'Contenders' cards were produced, one for each of his 7 Super Bowl victories. The card sold at a Lelands Auctions sale in 2021 breaking a record for most valuable football card ever sold. The next month, the identical card graded BGS 8.5 sold for $2.2 million. 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Auto/Ticket
31935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski RookiePSA 9$350,0002011It's the only PSA 9 Bronko Nagurski card in existence. Bronko was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1963. He was also a professional wrestler, and named World Heavyweight Champion several times.Memory Lane auctions brokered the sale to a private buyer. 1935 Bronko Nagurski
41958 Topps Jim Brown RookiePSA 9$336,0002017Only 6 PSA 9 Jim Brown rookie cards exist, and no PSA 10 grade cards exist. The card was purchased at a Heritage Auctions event in February, 2017. 1958 Topps Jim Brown Rookie
51957 Topps Bart Starr RookiePSA 9$288,0002017Bart Starr was MVP of two Super Bowls, four-time Pro Bowl, league MVP, and Hall of Fame inductee in 1977. One of only 3 PSA 9 Bart Starr rookie cards, with no PSA 10 cards. Sold by Heritage Auctions. 1957 topps bart starr
61965 Topps Joe Namath RookiePSA 9$264,0002018Namath received offers to play professional baseball, and was known to dunk during his high school basketball games. After his football career, Namath developed his acting career appearing on The Love Boat, The Brady Bunch, The A-Team, ALF, and hosted The Joe Namath Show.Only 5 cards have a PSA 9 grade. Heritage Auctions sold the Namath card to a private collection. 1965 Topps Joe Namath Rookie
72000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady RefractorBGS 9.5$233,7002021The 2000 Bowman Chrome Brady card is one of 37 with a BGS 9.5 grade.Sold by Goldin Auctions.2000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady Rookie Card #236
82000 Bowman Tom Brady Gold RookieBGS 9$230,0002021Tom Brady was the 199th pick overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. Six other quarterbacks were picked before Brady in the draft including Chad Pennington (18th pick) Giovanni Carmazzi (65th pick) Chris Redman (75th pick) Tee Martin (163rd pick) Marc Bulger (168th pick), and Spergon Wynn (183rd pick) Heritage Auctions sold the Bowman Brady card, one of six cards with a BGS 9 grade. 2000 Bowman Tom Brady Gold Rookie
91976 Topps Walter Payton RookieSGC 10$228,0002021Payton's would often stiff-arm tacklers, and would refuse to go out of bounds. Instead, he would prefer to punish the defense rather than escape to the sidelines. He also used his "stutter-step" to throw off tacklers, and was known to leap over defenders for touchdowns. Sold by Heritage Auctions1976 Topps Walter Payton Rookie
102000 SP Authentic Tom Brady RookieBGS 10$144,0002020Brady grew up a San Francisco 49ers fan, and his hero was Joe Montana. He attended the same high school as Lynn Swann and Barry Bonds, and was drafted to play baseball as a catcher by the Montreal Expos Goldin Auctions2000 SP Authentic Tom Brady Rookie

Collector Cars

Top 10 Most Valuable Aston Martin Cars

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RankModelValueDate SoldFactsBuyer & SellerImage
11956 Aston Martin DBR1$22.5 million2017David Brown wanted to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but needed to first build a race car. Designed by Ted Cutting, the DBR1 was the start of Aston Martin racing. It's arguably the most important Aston Martin car in the history of the company.There were only five DBR1s created. In the year 2000, American John McCaw purchased the car, then sold it in January of 2009. 1956 Aston Martin DBR1
21963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Prototype$21.5 million2018The car was made to race at Le Mans, it turned out to be the most important one-off Aston ever made. With just two months notice, Aston Martin engineers built the car for the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It became the first car to break the 300 kph barrier.Malcolm Calvert bought the car directly from Aston Martin in 1974, but needed to track down the original engine first. Over several years and multiple owners, the car was restored. Aston collector Nigel Dawes bought the car and worked with the original designer, Ted Cutting, with the goal of restoring the car to original condition. The original engine was found but not used in the restoration. They opted for a Cooper-Aston 4.2-liter, which was as close to the original as they could get.1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Prototype
3Left-Hand-Drive 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato$9.5 million2021One of only six left-hand drive DB4GT Zagatos, out of 19 total cars. The DB4GT was in response to Ferrari's newly built SWB Berlinetta. Aston wouldn't stop with an ordinary DB4GT, they contacted Carrozzeria Zagato for the ultimate design.The car went to Ude Hansen from Sweden in 1964, then to Aston dealer Lars Wendal. In 1972, the car was purchased by Tom Leake and the engine was rebuilt. Then sold to Julian Cottrell in 1976, and sold again to Richard Forshaw. Sold again in 1998 to Les Edgar, then to Peter Goodwin in 2016 for the Paul Andrews Collection.1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato
41959 Aston Martin DB4GT Prototype$6.7 million2017It was the first (and only) DB4GT prototype created. This car was sold to the Queen's cousin, Hon Gerald Lascelles in 1961, then sold to Mike Salmon in 1965. Sold again in 1986. 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Prototype
51965 Aston Martin DB5 Bond Car$6.4 million2019The car was one of two models purchased by Eon Productions for the Bond films. A compromise was reached between the movie production company and Aston's David Brown to use the cars for filming, and return them to Aston after filming completed.Purchased by Lord Bamford in 1969, then sold to B.H. Atchley, of the Smokey Mountain Car Museum in Tennessee. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Bond Car
61955 Aston Martin DB3S$5.5 million2014Designed by Robert von Eberhorst, this car is one of 20 DB3 models built. Owned by the Forshaw Collection for 40 years, it was sold in 2012 to a car dealer in New England. 1955 Aston Martin DB3S
71935 Aston Martin Works Ulster LM19$4.6 million2015The car raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours, and the Mille Miglia. It also driven by Dick Seaman in the 1936 Grand Prix de l'ACF. Owner J.C. Badcock restored the car and owned it for at least 20 years, then sold in 1969 for 1,575 euros. Bought by John Campbell, the car was sold again in 2013.1935 Aston Martin Works Ulster LM19
81961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Bertone Jet$3.9 million2013The rare Coachwork Carrozzeria Bertone Aston Martin was fully restored by Works Service, the "Jet" won several awards at Pebble Beach. Sold for the first time in 30 years. 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Bertone Jet
91961 Aston Martin DB4GT Lightweight$3.9 million2021One of just five original DB4GT Lightweights. Once owned by Jack Boxtrom and Charlie Turner, sold by the Paul Andrews Estate Collection in 2021. 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Lightweight
101955 Aston Martin DB3S (#52)$3.7 million2012The DB3 was launched in 1952 developed by Eberan von Eberhorst. Owned by well-known Aston Martin collectors for over 48 years before selling in 2012. 1955 Aston Martin DB3S (#52)

Memorabilia & Vintage Collectibles

Top 10 Most Valuable Comic Books

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RankComicValueDate SoldFactsBuyer & SellerImage
1Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 9.6$3.6 million2021This comic from 1962 features the very first appearance of Spider-Man. From the Silver Age of comics, the CGC 9.5 graded issue knocked off the Action Comics Issue #1 for the most expensive comic of all time. Sold during the Heritage Auctions Comic and Comic Art Signature Art sale. Amazing Fantasy #15 rare comic
2Action Comics #1 CGC 8.5$3.25 million2021Action Comics issue #1 features the very first appearance of Superman, and is recognized as the start of the superhero genre. The comic sold for 10 cents when it was first published in April of 1938.One issue graded a 9.0 by CGC sold on eBay for $3.2 million in 2014, and another issue graded 8.5 by CGC sold for $3.25 million in 2021. Action Comics #1
3Action Comics #1 CGC 6.0$3.18 million2022Jerry Siegel first wrote a short story titled "The Reign of the Superman" in 1933, illustrated by a friend of his, Joe Shuster. Only 50 to 100 copies of the Action Comics #1 are known to exist. There were only 6 copies graded CGC 4.0 or higher, and only one with a CGC 9.0 grade. Actor Nicolas Cage had a copy stolen from his house in 2000, and later recovered in a storage locker in the San Fernando Valley.Action Comics #1 CGC 9
4Marvel Comics #1$2.4 million2022Back in 1939, this comic only cost ten cents brand new, and illustrator Frank R. Paul received only $25 for his artwork on the cover of the issue. Heritage Auctions sold the $2.4 million copy, which was graded CGC 9.2Marvel Comics #1
5Detective Comics #27 CGC 6.5$1.7 million2022Known as the most important Batman comic of all time, the 1939 issue number 27 of Detective Comics unleashed Batman into the comic world for the very first time.Goldin Auctions sold the CGC 6.5 grade comic for $1.7 million. In 2020, a CGC 7.0 copy sold for $1.5 million, and in 2010, a CGC 8.0 sold for $1.1 million.Detective Comics #27
6All Star Comics #8$1.6 million2022All Star Comics #8 featured Wonder Woman for the very first time. Another sale of the All Star Comics #8 rang in at $930,000 in 2017. All Star Comics #8
7Batman #1 CGC 8.0$1.2 million 2021It's the very first issue of Batman, first published and sold in 1940. Also featuring the first appearance of the Joker, along with Catwoman. The CGC graded 8.0 Batman #1 comic was first purchased for $80,000 in 2006. Batman #1 rare comic
8X-Men #1 CGC 9.6$807,0002021Written by Stan Lee, and illustrated by Jack Kirby in 1963, the X-Men #1 comic featured Marvel's team of superhero's along with the nemesis, Magneto. ComicConnect.com hosted the auction that surpassed the previous record for the first X-men comic by $300,000. X-Men #1
9Flash Comics #1 CGC 9.6$450,0002010It's the finest example known to exist of the very first Flash Comics issue from 1940. The seller originally purchased the comic for $273,000 in 2006. Flash Comics #1
10Tales of Suspense #39 CGC 9.6$375,0002012From the Silver Age of comics, this was the very first appearance of Iron Man. Written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, illustrated by Don Heck, Gene Colan, and Steve Ditko.Some estimate this comic to be worth at least $500,000 if it was to sell today. Tales of Suspense #39

Vintage Watches

Top 10 Most Valuable Rolex Watches

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RankWatchValueDate SoldFactsBuyer & SellerImage
1Paul Newman's Daytona$17.8 million2017When Paul Newman gave his Rolex watch to James Cox, his daughter's boyfriend, in 1984, it was selling for about $200. It took only 12 minutes of bidding for the Paul Newman Rolex to break the record as most valuable Rolex watch ever sold. Paul Newman gave the watch to his daughter's boyfriend, James Cox, back in 1984. Paul Newman's Daytona
2Daytona Ref. 626 Unicorn (1971)$5.9 million2018The "Unicorn" is the only white gold Rolex Daytona ever made. Italian watch collector John Goldberger bought the watch in 2010, and donated proceeds from the watch sale to the Children Action charity. daytona ref 626 unicorn
3Bao Dai$5.1 million2017It's one of only three black dial Rolex models. The Rolex Boa Dai watch sold in 2002 for $235,000, making it the most valuable Rolex ever sold. 15 years later it broke it's own record selling for $5 million in 2017.As the thirteenth and last emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai was removed from power in 1955. But the prior year, while attending a conference in Geneva, Dai bought the Rolex watch from a jeweler near the hotel he was staying. boa dai rolex
4Antimagnetique Ref. 4113 (1942)$2.5 million2016There are only 12 Reference 4113 Rolex watches known to exist. But these watches were never meant for public sales, they were given to racing teams, although a few found their way to auctions.Phillips sold the 1942 Rolex watch in Geneva after the same watch sold for $1.1 million at a Christie's auction three years earlier in 2013. Antimagnetique Ref. 4113
5Marlon Brando's Rolex GMT-Master$1.9 million2019Brando gave the watch to his daughter in 1994 after she graduated from Brown University. He told her, "the watch is like a tank. You can do anything you want to it and it will keep going. I want you to have it as a reminder of how proud I am of you."The watch was purchased by Marlon Brando in the 1970s and worn in the film 'Apocalypse Now.' He carved his name on the back, "M. Brando" and gave the watch to his daughter in 1995. Marlon Brando's Rolex GMT-Master
6Eric Clapton's "Oyster Albino" Daytona$1.4 million2015There are only 4 "Albino" Daytona watches known. And this one manufactured in 1971 is all original, First sold for $505,000 in 2003, the Clapton Rolex sold again in 2015 for $1.4 million at a Phillips auction in Geneva.Clapton Oyster Albino Daytona
7Jack Nicklaus Day-Date$1.2 million2019After given as a gift from Rolex, Jack Nicklaus wore the Day-Date nearly every day since 1967, including during 12 of his 18 professional golf major championship titles. The Phillips auction sale of the watch proceeds benefit the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation. Jack Nicklaus Day-Date
8GMT Master II Ice$485,0002021The Rolex Reference 116769 Master Ice is the most expensive watch Rolex has ever offered to the public. 30 carats of white diamonds and 18-karat white gold with water resistance of 100 meters if you plan to wear it diving.Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted wearing the Master Ice, and now that the Master Ice is no longer in production, value for the watch has already risen to around $550,000.GMT Master II Ice
9James Bond Submariner (1972)$365,0002015The 1972 Rolex was worn by Sir Roger Moore during the James Bond movie "Live and Let Die." Phillips Auction sold the watch in Geneva. James Bond Submariner (1972)
10Platinum Diamond Pearlmaster$277,0002011The Pearlmaster line of Rolex watches come in 3 options. White gold, yellow gold, or rose gold, with options for gemstones on the bracelet or without. They are also waterproof for all your deep sea diving adventures. Sold to a private buyer.Platinum Diamond Pearlmaster

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