The Most Expensive MLB Memorabilia Ever Sold at Auction

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With the weather warming up, it’s time to start playing America’s pastime—baseball. This sport has been reenergized when it comes to the collectible market. Over the past few decades, some incredible pieces of MLB memorabilia have been auctioned off.

Here are a few of the most expensive MLB memorabilia items sold at auction!

Mark McGwire’s 70th Home Run Ball

In the summer of 1998, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were competing to break the single-season home run record of 61 held by Roger Maris. McGwire outlasted Sosa, hitting a then-record 70 home runs. A fan, Phil Ozersky ended up with the 70th home run ball, which he sold at auction through Guernsey’s for $3 million in 1999. Comic book creator Todd McFarlane purchased the ball. The combination of Barry Bonds hitting 73 home runs in 2001 and McGwire admitting to using steroids years later factored into the value of McGwire’s home run ball plummeting to around $250,000-$300,000.

“Laws of Baseball” Document

Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams wrote a document titled “Laws of Base Ball,” which became the foundation of the American game we know today. The precious document was sold for $3.26 million by SCP Auctions in 2016. According to ESPN, the document was written in 1857 and stipulated that the ball can’t weigh less than 5¾ ounces, and the bat could be of any length but no more than 2½ inches at its widest part. The document also mentioned the game was to use four bases, 30 yards apart, with each base being one square foot.

Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series Ring

The 1927 World Series championship ring was awarded to Babe Ruth. The ring was engraved “G H Ruth” for his given name of George Herman Ruth. Actor Charlie Sheen acquired the ring in the early 1990s, and it was sold at auction in mid-2017 for almost $2.1 million.  

Lou Gehrig 1937 Yankees Jersey

A Lou Gehrig jersey worn during the 1937 season went for $2.58 million through Heritage Auctions in 2019. The SCG-authenticated gray button-down jersey originally belonged to a family that had received it as a gift from former Yankees general manager George Weiss. Gehrig was the first MLB player ever to have his jersey number retired.

At Smith & Co Auction & Realty, we constantly hold auctions filled with high-value items. Along with our regular land, real estate, and industrial equipment auctions, we often have consignment or estate auctions that include a long list of unique items and sports memorabilia. 

Contact us today at  (580)254-3975 to learn more about our upcoming auctions! 

Why Do Properties Go Up for Auction?

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While it’s true that some homes that go to auction are a result of a foreclosure or bankruptcy, most of the property sold at auction has no financial distress and is direct for sellers who have chosen the auction method. For many years, auction has been a preferred method for selling agricultural and rural properties, estates, and senior transitions. Across the United States, more and more pieces of residential, luxury, commercial, farm and ranch, and investment property is trading at auction.

Here are a few reasons properties are sold at auction and why many buyers prefer purchasing through auction.

Level Playing Field

An auction allows all buyers to participate under the same terms and conditions. No buyer has an advantage over another based upon if they are getting financing, asking for inspections, home warranty, early possession, or any other contingencies. Auction eliminates the closed-door negotiations that can leave some buyers at a disadvantage.


When buying at auction, you know exactly where you stand. You’re the top bidder, or you are not. In markets where sellers are experiencing multiple offers, the buyers are usually left in the dark. When you make an offer on a property in the traditional market, you don’t know how you compare to the other offers on the table, but it is very clear at auction if you are in the lead.

Clearer Understanding of Price

We have all heard the term “market value,” but how do you determine true market value? Is it what the real estate agent says? An appraiser? Tax assessor? Those are all professional estimates and tools to give an approximate value, but true market value is what the public is willing to pay for a property. When marketed effectively and open to all members of the public, an auction is a true form of price discovery. Buyers can feel comfortable they didn’t overpay for a property when they know there are others in the market just one bid away.

At Smith & Co Auction & Realty, we hold over 100 live auctions a year for land, agricultural, business liquidation, residential real estate, and more! We are professionally trained to make your auction the best that it can be, and we even offer online-only auctions

Contact us today at (580)254-3975 to learn more about our auction and real estate services!

Common Myths About Real Estate Auctions Debunked

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Real estate auctions are becoming more and more popular because they offer good deals on various properties in a consumer-friendly environment. Whether you’re selling real estate or land at auction, you’re bound to have some preconceived notions about the process.

Here are some of the most popular misconceptions about real estate auctions debunked!

Myth: If you sell a property at auction, you will have to accept a lower price.  

Fact: A professionally marketed and conducted auction places buyers on an equal playing field, and they compete to determine who will be the winner and own the property. This process lets the seller know when to trade the property and saves them the long-term carrying costs they would otherwise have with ownership, including taxes and maintenance.

Myth: Buying a farm or ranch at auction is risky because they are sold “as is.” 

Fact: Purchasing a property at auction typically carries less risk than making an offer on a private offering. At an auction, the contracts are prepared before the bidding begins. Therefore, the only question regarding the negotiation is the bid price. The condition of the property is not hidden from the potential buyers. A professional real estate auction company will utilize disclosure forms and encourage real estate auction sellers to disclose all known defects or issues with the property. 

Myth: You need to find time to attend the auction

Fact: One of the most common misconceptions about auctioning properties is that they all must be sold at a live auction at a particular location. Thanks to modern technology, this isn’t true anymore. Many property auctions happen online, so you can watch the bids go up from the comfort of your living room.

Myth: Selling by auction will be more stressful and expensive

Fact: Selling at auction means you’re more likely to sell your property quickly with a fixed, realistic time frame and swift completion. Selling at auction also encourages competitive bidding and tends to drive up the price of your property!

At Smith & Co Auction & Realty, we believe in the auction process. We have been serving Northwest Oklahoma and surrounding areas for over 30 years selling everything from farm machinery to 5200+ acre ranches. You can trust our professional staff to get the best offers on your property! 

Please browse our website to view our most current auctions and real estate listings, or call us at (580)254-3975 to learn more about our services!  

Top Tips for Buying Used Farm Equipment at Auction

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There are many great reasons to buy used farm equipment from an auction, but there are certain things you need to consider to have a great buying experience. Regardless of the type of equipment you are looking for, there are unspoken rules among auctioneers and bidders. Knowing these things will help you have a smooth bidding experience at the auction site.

Here are a few important things to remember when buying farm equipment at auction!

Assess Overall Appearance

If you plan on buying used machinery, it is crucial to check it for regular maintenance and assess its overall appearance. Look for dents and check if the paint is peeling off. These are good indications that the equipment has been stored outside for longer periods of time. See if the tires are worn by checking their tread and matching it against manufacturer standards.

Check the Engine’s Condition

If the farm equipment you plan to purchase has an engine, always check under the engine compartment. If possible, you can request to have the engine started to look for leaks and listen to find out if it is running smoothly. Also, ensure that it will comply with existing emission standard regulations for the type of engine the farm equipment has. You may also want to check the type of fuel it uses. Going for diesel-powered farm equipment and machinery is a practical choice because it is cheaper than gasoline machinery.

Check for Availability of Maintenance Documents

Before making a bid on a particular item of farm equipment, consider asking the seller or the auctioneer about the availability of maintenance logs and other pertinent documents or if there are any records of previous repairs. These documents can give you a better understanding of the quality of the equipment and the frequency of its repairs. The more you know about what you are buying, the better your chances of buying quality equipment that can last for a long time.

The most important thing you can do at an auction for used farm equipment is to ask questions before purchasing. Bidding at auctions can be a lot of fun, and if you do it right, you can certainly buy good-quality farm equipment at a much cheaper price.  

At Smith & Co Auction & Realty, we host professional in-person and online auctions. When purchasing used farm equipment at our auctions, you can ensure you’re getting your equipment at true market value. 

Call us today at (580)254-3975 to learn how you can purchase or sell used farm equipment in an upcoming auction!  

The Advantages of Selling Land at Auction

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Selling land can often be a lengthy process. Utilizing a land auction to bypass the back-and-forth negotiations of traditional real estate sales is a practical option to consider when selling your land. While auctions are often used to sell distressed properties, they can also be a fruitful way to sell non-distressed lots and land.

Here are a few advantages of selling land at auction that you should consider for your next big sale.

Committed Buyers

Negotiating with buyers can be time-consuming. It can be frustrating if the buyer decides to delay or even back out of a deal after lengthy negotiations. Auctions speed up the sales process by providing buyers who are committed to purchasing your property. This is a tremendous benefit to the landowner because you feel confident that the buyer is committed to the purchase and won’t back out of the deal.

Shorter Timeframe

While traditional sales can take months or years, auctions typically close in as little as 30 to 45 days. If selling quickly is a must, auctions may be the best way to close a deal promptly. The hastened timeline can also be very attractive to potential buyers. Due to the timed deadline element of an auction, buyers won’t have to worry about investing an abundance of time negotiating on a property only to have the seller announce that they are no longer willing to sell.

Market Focus

Experienced auction houses are skilled at marketing real estate to potential buyers. Most use a full campaign of marketing, public relations, and direct sales efforts to notify a broad pool of qualified buyers who would be interested in the auction of your property. When you sell vacant land at an auction, it’s key that the marketing efforts reach lot and land buyers, which is a more distinct audience.

Here at Smith & Co Auction & Realty, we have a niche for marketing and have successfully sold and auctioned off thousands of acres of land throughout Northwest Oklahoma and Kansas over the past 30+ years. We are committed to ensuring a smooth and successful process for buyers and sellers.

Give us a call today at (580)254-3975 to learn more about our auction and real estate services!

Benefits of Buying Used Restaurant Equipment

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Whether you are opening your first restaurant or looking for spare equipment for your current food establishment, buying used commercial products is a great option. Why spend a fortune when you can find the same, high-quality equipment for a fraction of the price?

Here are some of the major benefits of buying used restaurant equipment and furnishings that will save you a ton of money and time.

You Will Save Big Bucks

Special equipment is one of the costliest parts of having a restaurant of any kind. You need specific kitchen appliances to create the food that brings in customers. The easiest solution is to buy used commercial kitchen equipment. You will save tons of money, and you’ll still have the tools you need to run a successful restaurant. 

Equipment Quality Built to Last

People don’t buy used equipment because they don’t think the quality will be good enough. Restaurant machinery is made to be durable and is built to withstand years of usage. If someone is selling kitchen equipment after only a few years of use, that equipment is basically new and will still last for years to come.

You Will Have Extra Funds 

With the extra money you saved from investing in used equipment, you can buy additional items for your restaurant to make your space even more efficient. You will have money for other areas like food, supplies, and funds to pay your workers. You might even come out with a bigger profit for yourself.

Room for Negotiation

The costs for used restaurant equipment are not rigid. This means you can easily bargain with sellers to get a better price. Don’t hesitate to counter-offer because it could spare you many dollars.

The easiest way to get your hands on some used restaurant equipment is through an online auction. Smith & Co Auction & Realty currently has an online auction for McDonald’s restaurant equipment. An old McDonald’s is being demolished, and everything inside must go. Lighting, windows, tables, restaurant equipment, bathroom sinks, toilets, and more items are online right now and open for bidding until February 11th, 2022!

Head over to our website to learn how to participate in an online auction and begin the bidding process to get your hands on some quality restaurant equipment and supplies.

3 Ways to Keep Your Emotions in Check When Selling Your Home

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Our homes are an extension of who we are. They hold a plethora of memories that we cherish and look back on fondly. When it comes time to move and sell our homes, we can get hit with a wave of conflicting emotions that can be hard to manage.

Here are three ways to keep your emotions in check while selling your home to have a successful and smooth transition from seller to buyer.

Put Yourself in the Buyer’s Shoes

As the homeowner, you walk around and see everything that holds sentimental value to you, but a buyer does not see that. That stain on the carpet from when grandpa sat on a ketchup packet in 2010 is not a funny fond memory to a buyer, to a buyer that is just a stain that needs to be removed by a professional cleaner. Before selling your home, walk around in a buyer’s shoes and look for clutter, stained carpets, chipped paint, faulty electrical work, and get those things fixed. Making simple investments in your home’s overall aesthetic and functionality will increase its value.

Focus on Your Next Chapter

It is easy to get caught up in small things like finding the perfect buyer when selling your home. We hope they will love our space as much as we did, but sometimes the person purchasing our old house does not fit our vision or has major plans to change things around. It would help if you focused on your next chapter and your new home in a case like this. How are you going to decorate it? Throw yourself into planning out your new space, and over time, you will become just as attached to your new home as you were to your old one.

Choose the Right Selling Strategy for You

There are many options when it comes to selling your home. You could go through a real estate agent, for sale by owner or sell directly to a buyer. A good real estate agent will walk you through every step of the process, and you won’t have to do your own marketing, photography, or schedule showings and drown in paperwork. You can still stay involved in the process without doing all the legwork, so you have more time to focus on your next chapter.

Whether you’re saying goodbye to your childhood home or simply upgrading to a bigger space, selling your house can come with a lot of emotional baggage. The best way to make the process as quick and painless as possible is to have a qualified real estate company take the reins. Smith & Co Auction & Realty takes the time to understand your needs and desires. Call Ira at (580)334-6001 to start the process of selling your home and begin writing the next chapter of your story.

Tips for Buying Firearms at Auction

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Auctions are a great way to get a good deal on all different types of things. You can buy everything from multi-acre properties to farm equipment to used cars and beyond. One of the more popular items that auction goers are often seeking? Firearms—yup, you can buy those at auction too!

Whether you’re looking for a special antique gun or just something new to take to the range, you can find firearms of all kind at consignment, estate, or dedicated gun auctions. Of course, just like buying anything else at this type of event, there are a few things you’ll want to be aware of if you’re planning to buy a firearm at an auction.

Don’t get distracted during the bidding.

When you’re sitting at an auction surrounded by competing buyers, it’s easy to get caught up in the atmosphere or overwhelmed with the choices being presented to you. Take a look at the inventory list the auction house will publish beforehand and narrow down the firearms that interest you. Keep your eye on these alone, so you don’t get swept up and spend more than you planned for or go home with the wrong gun.

Be prepared to follow federal and state regulations.

Some people hold the misconception that auctions are where shady figures go to buy guns illegally. Obviously, this is not true, as all legitimate auctions are subject to normal state regulations and federal laws for selling firearms. Mostly, this just means you have to be of age—18 and older to purchase a long gun and 21 and older to purchase a handgun. If your state requires a license to purchase a gun, you will have to present yours to the auction company. Most auction houses will also require a background check.

Inspect the gun you’re interested in ahead of the auction.

Before auction day rolls around, conduct a detailed inspection of any guns you may or plan to bid on. It is best to do this in person, so you can see if the gun is a good fit for you and inspect its condition closely. Typically, auctions will have a preview period during which you can do this ahead of time. This will be helpful for you to research the value of the firearm and determine what your bidding limit will be.

At Smith & Co Auction & Realty, we are constantly holding auctions filled with high-value items that you have the opportunity to get for a steal. Along with our regular land, real estate, and industrial equipment auctions, we often have consignment or estate auctions that include a long list of firearms in excellent shape.

To stay up to date on our upcoming auctions, check in on our website or contact our team today!

4 Great Reasons to Buy Used Farm Equipment

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When it comes to bigger purchases, buying new versus used is always a top consideration. Farmers are a category of professionals who often face this dilemma.

The costs of farm machinery add up quickly and can break the bank before you know it, but some farmers are still hesitant to buy used and risk sacrificing quality or efficiency. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why buying used farming equipment is often the superior choice!

1) Cut startup costs.

For farmers who are just starting out, there are a lot of expenses you’ll need to cover to get your operation going. Used farm machinery is an excellent solution for saving on startup costs while still getting all of the basic equipment you need to get off the ground.

2) Keep spare machines on hand.

Every farmer knows there are a few key pieces of equipment that they wouldn’t be able to function without. If that vital machinery malfunctions, is damaged, or is offline for scheduled maintenance, you’re losing valuable time and profits until it’s fixed or you’ve secured a new one. Having used backup equipment on hand, at least for your major pieces, is a cost-effective solution for preventing that and providing extra security for your business.

3) It’s easy to determine if you’ll get your money’s worth.

The lifespan of farm machinery is easily gauged based on its current condition and the number of hours logged on it. This allows experienced farmers to accurately identify which used pieces are worth their cost. You’re not taking the same gamble you do when you buy other used items, such as a car.

4) Expand your operation.

Many farmers have come across the issue that because farm equipment is so expensive, some crops are not worth the production versus yield costs. Used machinery offers a more affordable option if you’re interested in more seasonal or niche harvests. This way, you can pursue other avenues of interest and profit without losing money on a brand-new machine you only use a few weeks or months out of the year.

If you’re a farmer in the Northwest Oklahoma or Kansas area, you can find premier used farm equipment, farmland, and more at one of Smith & Co Auction & Realty’s live or online auctions! When you buy your used farm machinery at auction, you get a say in the final price and will know you’re getting your equipment at true market value.

Head over to our website to be on the lookout for the equipment you need and stay up-to-date on our upcoming auctions!

Why You’ll Love to Live in Oklahoma

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Unless you grew up here, Oklahoma is not typically one of the first locations people think of when they consider a move. But as a company of employees that have lived and worked in Oklahoma for several decades, Smith & Co can tell you confidently that this wonderful state has a lot more to offer than you might think.

If you’re looking for a new job, new home, new scenery, or just a new adventure, here are a few reasons to consider Oklahoma for your next destination!

Low cost of living

The cost of housing, food, utilities, and transportation in Oklahoma are all lower than the national average by quite a bit. The median price for a house in Oklahoma is about half that of the national average, and renting costs are among the lowest third of states. The amount of local food production and manufacturing helps keep costs low as well.

Constant growth

Oklahoma has been growing financially, culturally, and in infrastructure consistently for many years. The local economy is strong—it was one of the first to bounce back from the recession—and small businesses and job seekers often find success here. We also have a thriving nightlife, rich and innovative art and culture scene, and progressive infrastructure development.

Fast commute

Residents of big cities such as New York or LA often name the traffic as one of the biggest disadvantages of living there. In Oklahoma, you can enjoy live in a mid-big city living without the hassle of impossible transportation. Our bigger cities, like Oklahoma City and Tulsa, have some of the shortest commute times of all major U.S cities. This is thanks to our well-developed infrastructure and public transit system.

Desirable climate

In Oklahoma, you can enjoy the best of all four seasons. With a gorgeous spring, summer, winter, and fall, there’s a good balance of weather and a lot you can do in terms of outdoor recreation. Our diverse landscape and natural terrain make for some fun adventures like hiking, ziplining, river rafting, and more.

If you’re interested in discovering just how incredible life in Oklahoma is firsthand, Smith & Co Auction & Realty can help you find the perfect house to call home! Our licensed real estate professionals will be happy to get you set up with a property in Woodward or surrounding areas that fits your needs. You may even find your next home at one of our upcoming auctions.

Contact us today for more information about our real estate and auction services!