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 100thAnniversary Auction on July 12, at the Sports Legends Museum in Baltimore. Among the 100+ lots of memorabilia, that 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 www.GoldinAuctions.com. More than 1,200 lots of memorabilia, including more than 150 Ruth items, are still available for sale.
“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 Saturday’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
About Goldin Auctions: Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $600 million in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history and pop culture and was the pioneer of using the medium of television to sell sports memorabilia. Earlier this year, Goldin Auctions sold a Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $2.1 million. Goldin Auctions strives to break new ground and offer collectors the best in collectible treasures up for auction in the marketplace. All game worn or autographed items come with team, player, league or additional LOA from industry leading authenticators; and collectors can bid with confidence that their proxy/ceiling bids remain confidential. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.
About the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc. The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to perpetuating the historic legacy of Babe Ruth, Baltimore’s Orioles and Colts, and local and regional sports at the amateur, collegiate and professional levels, by preserving, exhibiting, interpreting and augmenting its collection for a diverse audience. It operates both the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum and the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards in Baltimore and online atwww.baberuthmuseum.org.