BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, today announced the company is once again partnering with Hunt Auctions and NFL Auction to offer online bidding on the 8th annual Super Bowl 50 Live Auction event, taking place February 5-6, 2016. Online bidders can view the full catalog for both days of the auction and place bids online in real time on Invaluable or through Invaluable’s mobile app for iPhone and iPad.
A superb grouping of memorabilia from NFL Football Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett’s and Gale Sayers’ college and NFL careers will serve as the flagship collections for the Super Bowl 50 Live Auction with portions of proceeds benefiting multiple charities. The live auction runs over two days where fans will have the ability to bid on items from both collections along with close to 500 additional football pieces available.
“The Super Bowl 50 Live Auction Event is one of the most anticipated sports memorabilia auctions of the year, and we’re extremely proud to be working with Hunt Auctions once again to expand the reach of this incredible sale to football enthusiasts and sports fans around the world,” said Rob Weisberg, Invaluable CEO. “This year’s collection is one of the most extensive we’ve seen, and I know our bidders will be thrilled have access to items from the Gale Sayers and Tony Dorsett collections, along with numerous items from current and former NFL players.”
Chicago’s beloved Sayers, also known as "The Kansas Comet," was a running back in the NFL for seven seasons during the 1960s and early 1970s. He played college football for the University of Kansas, and was twice recognized as an All-American. He was a first-round pick in the 1965 NFL Draft, and played his entire NFL career for the Chicago Bears. Sayers is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
Highlights from the Sayers Collection includes a 1966 Gale Sayers NFL Rushing Championship trophy (estimated at $25,000-$50,000), a 1970 Byron ‘Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year Award (estimated at $15,000-$25,000), a 1965 Gale Sayers College All-Stars sweater (estimated at $5,000-$7,500), a 1966 Gale Sayers Chicago Bears single game rushing record ball (estimated at $3,000-$5,000) and a NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team Trophy: Running Back (estimated at $10,000- $20,000).
A portion of all proceeds from the Sayers Collection items will benefit the Gale Sayers Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is dedicated to supporting deserved schools in Chicago who are utilizing innovative and technology-based learning methods to better prepare students for college and/or careers.
Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett first exploded into the national spotlight while at the University of Pittsburgh, where he won the Heisman Trophy. He was then a first round draft choice of the Cowboys in 1977, becoming the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Dorsett is arguably one of the top running backs in NFL history. His status as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame further solidify his place in NFL history.
Dorsett’s collection includes dozens of items from his illustrious football career. Highlights include a 1977 Tony Dorsett UPI “NFC Rookie of the Year” Award (estimated at $20,000-$40,000), a Tony Dorsett NFC Pro Bowl game worn jersey c. 1980-83 (estimated at $2,000-$4,000) and a 1975 Tony Dorsett Kodak All-American presentational certificate (estimated at $2,000- $4,000).
A portion of the proceeds from the Dorsett Collection will go to Texas based Minnie’s Food Pantry, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides food assistance to children and families in need in the Collin County, Texas community.
“We are honored to continue our relationship with NFL Auction with our annual Super Bowl Live Auction event, and are thrilled to once again partner with Invaluable for online bidding,” said David Hunt, President Hunt Auctions. “This venue is sure to be memorable as personal items from two Hall of Famers are up for auction at what is the biggest stage in football history. We applaud the charitable work that NFL Auction conducts and are humbled to be a small part of that work.”
NFL Auction is teaming up with Hunt Auctions for the 8th consecutive year in celebration of Super Bowl 50 to auction hundreds of NFL items from nearly every team within the league to include game-used jerseys, cleats, footballs, and recent Super Bowl memorabilia. All items are authentic, and come straight from the playing fields of the nation’s NFL stadiums. All proceeds from these items benefit the NFL’s charities including NFL Play 60, NFL Foundation, Breast Cancer Awareness and Salute to Service Campaigns.
NFL Auction highlights include a 2015 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers game worn jersey (estimated at $10,000-$20,000), a 2015 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos game worn jersey (estimated at $10,000-$20,000), a 2015 J.J. Watt Houston Texans game worn jersey (estimated at $10,000-$15,000), a 2015 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints game worn jersey (estimated at $5,000-$10,000) and a Super Bowl XLIX Kickoff Flip Coin (estimated at $2,000-$4,000).
Additional auction highlights include a Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts professional model football helmet (estimated at $40,000-$60,000), a 2007 New York Giants Super Bowl XLII pendant by Tiffany & Co. (estimated at $5,000-$7,500), a 1994 Joe Montana Kansas City Chiefs game worn jersey (estimated at $5,000-$10,000) and a 1993 Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers game worn jersey (estimated at $7,500-$10,000).
These above mentioned collections will be joined by numerous private consignment pieces from across the country with more than 750 total items available for view during the Exhibition Preview running from Saturday Jan. 30 through Saturday Feb. 6, 2016. Online bidders can visit www.invaluable.com/huntauctions to register and bid in real time during the live auction.
Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, features a live online bidding platform that allows collectors and dealers to bid in real-time in auctions held around the world. As the leading developer of SaaS and e-commerce applications for the auction industry, Invaluable provides auction houses with e-commerce and marketing solutions, as well as auction management software. Invaluable’s best-in-class historical price database includes more than 58 million complete auction results, totaling more than $204 billion in value. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Boston, Invaluable also has offices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia. For more information, visit www.Invaluable.com or follow us on Twitter: @InvaluableLive.
About Hunt Auctions
Exton, Pennsylvania based Hunt Auctions has been a leader in the sports memorabilia auction industry for 23 years. Numerous former players and their families have trusted their collections with Hunt Auctions including Ted Williams (HOF), Joe DiMaggio (HOF), Whitey Ford (HOF), Curt Flood, Leo Durocher (HOF), Robin Roberts (HOF), Earl Weaver (HOF), Commissioner Bowie Kuhn (HOF), Warren Spahn (HOF), Johnny Bench (HOF), Johnny Unitas (HOF), Clem Labine, Mickey Vernon, Jake Pitler, Thurman Munson, Roy Campanella (HOF), Harmon Killebrew (HOF), Bill Mazeroski (HOF), Kent Tekulve, Steve Blass, Johnny Pesky, Charles “Kid” Nichols (HOF), Jim Palmer (HOF), Bucky Walters, Walter Johnson (HOF), Bill McKechnie (HOF), Willie Mosconi, Randall Cunningham, Joe Frazier and Norm Van Brocklin (HOF). Hunt Auctions is also the Official Auction Company of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Official Auctioneer of the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest®. Hunt Auctions has worked with numerous institutions to include: The National Football League, Philadelphia Phillies®, Pittsburgh Pirates®, Baltimore Orioles®, Boston Red Sox®, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Chicago Bulls, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and Baseball Assistance Team.
About NFL Auction
NFL Auction brings fans closer to the game with, one-of-a-kind memorabilia straight from the playing field. NFL Auction is the official auction site of the National Football League and the only place to bid on guaranteed and authentic, signed, game-used items and unique NFL experiences. NFL Auction donates 100% of its proceeds to support NFL and team charities and has generated more than $10 million since 2001. For more information, please visit www.nfl.com/auction.
About NFL PLAYERS
Formed in 1994, NFL PLAYERS is the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association. Representing more than 1,800 active and many memorable retired NFL players, NFL PLAYERS “takes the helmets off” the players and markets them as personalities as well as professional athletes. Through an exclusive sponsorship agreement between the organization and the NFL, players are integrated into NFL sponsor activation programs. In addition, under an exclusive agreement between NFL PLAYERS and the NFL, NFLPLAYERS.COM, the company’s official website, is part of the NFL Internet Network. Each year, NFL PLAYERS negotiates and facilitates extensive player marketing opportunities for players. NFL PLAYERS activities include retail licensing, corporate sponsorships and promotions, special events, radio and television projects, publishing and Internet. For more information, please visit NFLPLAYERS.COM.