When it comes to grabbing the notice of sports memorabilia collectors, there is no denying that Babe Ruth is the player who receives a majority of the attention. For collectors looking for Ruth items to purchase, there are plenty to choose from in Steiner Auctions’ Winter Classic Auction.
Bidding is currently open for the auction that contains more than 1,500 lots. Bidding is scheduled to end March 24.
One of the top Ruth items available is a 4”x5” sepia toned Tour of Japan photograph featuring Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx. The photograph contains signatures from all three players. According to the auction lot description, autographs from these three players on one item are “seldom seen together and photographs of just the three of them are nearly unheard of.”
Staying in Japan, a unique Ruth item that is available is a vintage American-Japanese Baseball Poster Photograph. The item had a starting bid of $100, making it as one of the least expensive starting bids for a Ruth item in the auction.
Other Ruth items for sale in the auction include a handful of signed baseballs, including single and multi-signed baseballs; Ruth signed cancelled check in frame with photo of Ruth as a New York Yankee; Ruth signed 3”x5” photograph, Ruth signed 1943 NBC Broadcasting contract; Ruth baseball bats, newspapers featuring Ruth; vintage 1924 Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, etc. group photograph from original negative; and January 1934 Baseball Magazine featuring Ruth on the cover.
Ruth’s cohort, Lou Gehrig has multiple items in the auction, highlighted by a signed New York Yankees American League Baseball Club of New York payroll check, dated June 15, 1927.
Other top items in the auction include: 1936 Honus Wagner Hall of Fame 14K gold induction pin, Mickey Mantle autographed official NFL Pete Rozelle football with “536 HR’S, 0 TD’S” inscription, 1989 Michael Jordan game-used jersey, Michael Jordan game-used and signed Air Jordan 12 sneakers, 1998 Yankees World Series championship ring with box, Aaron Judge New York Yankees 2018 home game-used #99 pinstripe jersey from July 1, 2018, Roger Maris signed OAL baseball in case, 2002 Derek Jeter heavily game-used and signed Louisville Slugger P72 Model bat, 1955 Topps Baseball complete set, and 1928 vintage Spalding “First Baseman” figural baseball trophy.
For a complete listing of the lots in the auction, visit auction.steinersports.com.