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1918 Contract Nets $1.02 Million in Goldin Auctions' $3.6 Million Babe Ruth Sale

The big auction didn't disappoint, as the 1918 contract of Babe Ruth sold for more than $1 million as part of a 125-lot auction that topped $3.6 million altogether.

One hundred years after Babe Ruth made his MLB debut, Goldin Auctions and the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Sports Museum made history by hosting the largest auction of Babe Ruth memorabilia in the Goldin Auctions Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction on July 12, at the Sports Legends Museum in Baltimore.

Among the 100-plus lots of memorabilia, which grossed a combined $3.6 million, was Ruth's 1918 players contract which sold for a remarkable $1.02 million – a record sale price for a contract, and even more than the famed Babe Ruth Sale to the Yankees document.

Collectors can continue to celebrate as the Goldin Auctions Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction continues online through July 18 at More than 1,200 lots of memorabilia, including more than 150 Ruth items, are still available for sale. Included in this portion of the sale are items that didn't meet reserve during the live portion of the event, such as the 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth card.


"It was a magical night and especially appropriate that records were set when we honored the man who set more records than any player in baseball history," said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions. "We thank the 100 bidders who attended the live auction and the thousands others who bid online. We are excited to keep the action going online for another week for collectors all across the world."

Here's a look at some of the highlights from July 12's live auction.

Lot #57 - 1918 Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox Contract - $1,028,500
Lot #3 - 1916-18 Babe Ruth Rookie-Era Game Used Bat (PSA GU-9) - $204,000
Lot #42 - 1965-66 Mickey Mantle Game Used Fielder's Glove - $181,500
Lot #33 - Roy Campanella 1951 National League MVP Award - $181,500
Lot #32 - 1952 Jackie Robinson All-Star Game Used Bat - only All Star HR - $114,950
Lot #19 - 1956 Mickey Mantle Game Used Bat - $105,875
Lot #94 - Babe Ruth Single Signed A.L. Baseball (PSA/DNA 8.5 with Mint 9 Sig) - $96,000.
Lot #18 - Babe Ruth signed & typed letter from the set of Pride of the Yankees (PSA/DNA 10) - $9,750
Lot #4 - 1941 Joe DiMaggio Game Used Hillerich & Bradsby Bat - $84,700
Lot #72 - 1916 Famous & Barr Babe Ruth Rookie Card (PSA VG3) - $63,535
Lot #44 - 1956 Yogi Berra Game Used Catcher's Mitt - $54,450
Lot #36 - 1972 Catfish Hunter Oakland A's World Series Ring - $39,930
Lot #81 - Perfect Game Baseball signed by all 18 pitchers to throw a perfect game in the past 90 years - $26,620
Lot #79 - 2008 Derek Jeter Opening Day Game Worn Home Jersey - $24,200.

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