Though the New York Yankees failed to reach the World Series in 1931, Hall of Fame sluggers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig each had another historic season, tying for the American League lead with 46 home runs.
Autographs from Ruth, Gehrig and seven other Hall of Famers highlight a 1931 Yankees team signed baseball now up for bid in the December Premier Auction at PWCC Marketplace, which runs through Dec. 15.
The official Ernest Barnard American League ball also features the signatures of Hall of Famers Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez, Earle Combs, Herb Pennock, Red Ruffing, Joe Sewell and Tony Lazzeri, as well as such notable stars as Dusty Rhodes and 1931 stolen base champion Ben Chapman.
The signatures were certified by PSA on Oct. 30, 2013.
The auction also features a 1921 E121 American Caramel Series of 80 Babe Ruth card graded PSA 3.5 VG+. The American Caramel Company produced a series of cards of 80 players in 1921, including three versions of Ruth. Though the cards features a recycled photo from Ruth’s early days as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, each variation of the card is coveted among Ruth collectors.
Other vintage cards in the auction include a 1961 Fleer Basketball Wilt Chamberlain ROOKIE #8 graded PSA 9. Of the 2,684 copies of the card that have been graded, only 42 have received a grade of nine or higher, with only three graded a 10. The card has a current bid of $160,000.
The top modern cards and memorabilia in the auction include:
• 2003 Exquisite Collection LeBron James ROOKIE PATCH AUTO /99 #78 BGS 9 MINT.
• 2018-19 Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks Rookie game-worn jersey.
• 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady ROOKIE AUTO /100 PSA 8.
• 2017 National Treasures Patrick Mahomes II ROOKIE PATCH AUTO /99 #161 PSA 10.
• 2019 National Treasures Emerald Ja Morant ROOKIE PATCH AUTO /5 #118 BGS 9.5 GEM.
• 1993 SP Foil Derek Jeter ROOKIE #279 PSA 10 GEM MINT.
• 2018 National Treasures Luka Doncic ROOKIE PATCH AUTO /99 #127 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT.
• 2020 Panini Prizm Black Finite Justin Herbert ROOKIE AUTO 1/1 BGS 9 MINT.
• 2009 National Treasures Gold Stephen Curry ROOKIE PATCH AUTO /25 #206 BGS 9 MINT