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Chris Ivy
Director of Sports Auctions
1-800-872-6467 Ext. 1319

Chris began working at Heritage Auctions in 2000 after serving as a professional grader with Sportscard Guaranty Corporation (SGC) in New Jersey. He was the driving force behind the inception of the Sports auction division in 2003 and under his management Heritage Sports has grown significantly each year to become the largest sports auction house in the world with over $50 million in annual sales.

Chris has orchestrated the auction of some of the most important athlete collections in the industry including The Lou Gehrig Collection, The Walter Johnson Collection, The Jim Thorpe Collection, The James Naismith Collection, The Mike Eruzione Collection, The Sam Snead Collection, The Stan Musial Collection, and The Brooks Robinson Collection.  

In 2012, he supervised the marketing and sale of the most significant baseball card find in the history of sportscard collecting. Known as The Black Swamp Find, it included hundreds of 1910 E98 baseball cards, discovered by a Defiance, Ohio family while cleaning out a relative’s attic. The sale of The Black Swamp Find collection continues today and to date has brought over two and a half million in total sales.

Chris is recognized as a nationally respected expert in the industry with appearances on NBC's Today Show, CNN, ESPN, FOX News, and hundreds of print media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and The Associated Press.  

Today Chris continues to serve as the Director of Sports Auctions for Heritage. In his position, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations, combining vision and execution with a balance of business and collecting passion. He counsels advanced collectors to help them build some of the most significant private collections in the hobby and he also works with consignors on a daily basis to recommend the disposition of their collections in order to maximize their financial return.

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1909-11 T206 Cycle 460 Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) PSA VG-EX+ 4.5 - Pop One, Only Two Higher For Brand

1909-11 T206 Cycle 460 Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) PSA VG-EX+ 4.5 - Pop One, Only Two Higher For Brand

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AUG. 6

1909-11 T206 American Beauty 350-With Frame Christy Mathewson (Dark Cap) PSA EX-MT+ 6.5 - The Highest Graded AB 350!

1909-11 T206 American Beauty 350-With Frame Christy Mathewson (Dark Cap) PSA EX-MT+ 6.5 - The Highest Graded AB 350!

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AUG. 6

1909-11 T206 Tolstoi Ty Cobb (Bat Off Shoulder) PSA EX 5 - Pop Two, None Higher For Brand!

1909-11 T206 Tolstoi Ty Cobb (Bat Off Shoulder) PSA EX 5 - Pop Two, None Higher For Brand!

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AUGUST 6

1921 Babe Ruth 52nd Home Run (Career #155) Game Used 'Hotel Ansonia' Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10

1921 Babe Ruth 52nd Home Run (Career #155) Game Used "Hotel Ansonia" Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10

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$930,000

1910 T210 Old Mill - Series 8 Joe Jackson SGC VG+ 3.5 - From a New to the Hobby Find!

1910 T210 Old Mill - Series 8 Joe Jackson SGC VG+ 3.5 - From a New to the Hobby Find!

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$492,000
What Was the First Football Trading Card Set?
04.17.2020 What Was the First Football Trading Card Set?

Read the fascinating history of the first football trading card set, and see the #1 current finest near-complete set for sale...

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What Was the First Football Trading Card Set?
05.08.2020 So How Much Are My Sports Cards Worth Anyway?

A friend was spring-cleaning last week, because he could bake no more sourdough bread, when he found stashed in a "junk" closet three long, narrow cardboard boxes long ago forgotten about. ...

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Dallas-Fort Worth Sports Stars and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Help Heritage Auctions Raise $100,000 for North Texas Food Bank

DFW Sports Stars and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Help Heritage Auctions Raise $100,000 for North Texas Food Bank

Eagles Signed Guitar Handwritten Lyrics
GUITAR
$12,600
LYRICS
$33,600

1983 George Brett Game Worn & Signed Kansas City Royals Jersey, MEARS A10--From the Pine Tar Game!

1983 George Brett Game Worn & Signed Kansas City Royals Jersey, MEARS A10--From the Pine Tar Game!

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$174,000

1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio #71 PSA Gem Mint 10

1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio #71 PSA Gem Mint 10

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$750,000

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT+ 8.5

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA NM-MT+ 8.5

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$765,000

1998 Heisman Memorial Trophy Presented to University of Texas Longhorns Running Back Ricky Williams

1998 Heisman Memorial Trophy Presented to University of Texas Longhorns Running Back Ricky Williams

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$504,000

1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal 150/30 Honus Wagner PSA Authentic/Altered

1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal 150/30 Honus Wagner PSA Authentic/Altered

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$540,000

1937 Lou Gehrig Game Worn New York Yankees Jersey with Photo Matches to Two Different Home Run Games, MEARS A9 & SGC Excellent

1937 Lou Gehrig Game Worn New York Yankees Jersey with Photo Matches to Two Different Home Run Games, MEARS A9 & SGC Excellent

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$2,580,000

1916 Famous & Barr Co. Babe Ruth #151 PSA EX-MT 6 - The Hobby's Newest & Greatest Example!

1916 Famous & Barr Co. Babe Ruth #151 PSA EX-MT 6 - The Hobby's Newest & Greatest Example!

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$540,000
1927 Babe Ruth Game Used Record Sixtieth Home Run Bat

1927 Babe Ruth Game Used Record Sixtieth Home Run Bat

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$660,000
Sports Autographs: Indicators of a Fake Signature
10.19 Sports Autographs: Indicators of a Fake Signature

Autographs mean different things to different people. For some, they are reminders of chance encounters with childhood heroes, or of hours spent waiting to meet – even if only for a couple of seconds – a favorite athlete or entertainer. They also can be prized possessions, treasured gifts or shrewd investments.

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