Goldin Auctions' Babe Ruth Auction is now live, with proceeds benefiting the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum. For each lot sold, 5 percent of the hammer price will be donated to the museum. Bidding ends Mar. 5.
Nearly 80 lots comprise of the sale, with all of the items connected to Babe Ruth, from game-used bats, contracts, trading cards, ticket stubs to photos, personal items and advertisements.
Leading off the sale is a 1925-26 game-used Hillerich & Bradsby bat graded PSA/DNA GU 9 from the Ted Leaper Collection. The bat was obtained from Ruth by Ted Leaper, in whose family this bat remained until 2013. In the "Roaring Twenties," Ted Leaper was manager of the Paramount Theater, Paramount Pictures' Manhattan flagship on Broadway. When the theater opened its doors in 1926, Leaper generated great publicity by admitting ball players free of charge which added to the prestige of The Paramount.
Another one-of-a-kind relic is Lot No. 2 that features a 1933 Ruth-signed and executed N.Y. Yankees player contract. Bidding starts at $100,000 for this item.
Signed baseball featuring Ruth are abundant, from single-signed examples to N.Y. Yankees team-signed balls that stretch to six different seasons.
Other highlights include:
– Complete Babe Ruth World Series ticket run 1915-32
– "Conlon Collection" original artwork by photorealist painter Adam Port
– Babe Ruth and Jacob Ruppert dual-signed real-photo postcard PSA/DNA NM+ 7.5
– 1942 Babe Ruth signed, typewritten letter with photograph in framed display (JSA)
– 1934 letter signed By Ruth, Lou Gehrig and others (PSA/DNA)
– 1931 W517 #4 Babe Ruth, Throwing (Hand Cut) - SGC 96 MINT 9
– 1947 W602 Sports Exchange Babe Ruth, Hand Cut - PSA MINT 9 - finest PSA-graded example!
For more information on this sale, visit www.goldinauctions.com or call 856-767-8550.