By 1934, Babe Ruth’s playing career was winding down and the Great Bambino was looking to become a manager.
After turning down an offer to manage the Yankees Triple-A team, Ruth retired from the Yankees and joined the Boston Braves in 1935. Ruth swatted his final three home runs in Boston, but the assistant manager job he was promised did not pan out.
Three years later, Ruth finally got a chance to coach, being named the first base coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He retired for good following the 1938 after being passed over for the Dodgers manager’s job in favor of Leo Durocher.
Ruth's Dodgers uniform is featured in the first vintage card and memorabilia auction at Goldin Co. The only Ruth-worn Dodgers uniform known to exist and one of the few Babe-worn jerseys and uniforms to hit the market, it has an opening bid of $400,000.
Goldin's Vintage Card and Memorabilia Auction, which closes Oct. 1, is focused on vintage cards and game-used memorabilia. It features rare items from such baseball legends as Honus Wagner and Jackie Robinson.
“The vintage collectibles market is thriving not only because there are so few of these incredible items that change hands, but because each of them is a part of our American history,” Goldin Executive Chairman and Founder Ken Goldin said. “Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wager were all so much bigger than baseball and collectors want to feel connected to them by owning a piece of their legacy. We can’t wait to see the turnout for what we’re sure is going to be an amazing event.”
Also featured is a 1909-11 T206 White Border Honus Wagner card. Graded FR 1.5, the card, which has a crease down the left side, has an opening bid of $1 million and is expected by Goldin to top $4 million. Goldin sold a T206 Wagner card, graded SGC 2, for a then-record $7.25 million last month.
Also available is Jackie Robinson’s used 1955-56 A2054 Professional Model Glove featuring his iconic “42” marking. The glove is one of only two Robinson-used gloves authenticated by PSA/DNA in their database.
Among the top vintage cards are a 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card (PSA 10); a 1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth card; and multiple 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards.