Iconic Babe Ruth Type I Rookie Photo Up for Auction at Goldin

Goldin, the leading collectibles marketplace, announces an exciting collection of Type 1 original photos has come up for auction including a 1915 Babe Ruth Red Sox Rookie Type 1 Original Photo, which depicts the icon in a pitching pose and was most notably used for the Sporting Life magazine cover in March of 1916. Not yet a slugger in 1915, the 20-year-old pitcher won 18 games, belted his first four career home runs, and brought home his first World Series championship. One of fewer than 10 Babe Ruth rookie solo photos to be certified as Type 1, the iconic image is expected to attract a high number of bidders and could sell for as high as $75,000-$100,000.

Also available for bidding is a 1915 Babe Ruth World Series Rookie Type 1 Original Photo, the only certified Type 1 from Ruth’s first World Series. The photo was taken prior to the start of Game Three in a celebration of Red Sox Manager Bill Carrigan, whom Ruth would go on to praise as the best manager he’d ever had.

Goldin has curated an impressive collection of Type 1 photos capturing some of the most legendary athletes in history in their most iconic moments. Some additional Type 1 photos up for auction in the Goldin January Elite auction include:

  • A Mike Tyson Pro Debut Type 1 Original Photo taken on March 6, 1985. A few months ago, the first Type 1 example of a Mike Tyson pro debut action created a fervor and sold for over $20,000. The example here depicts a new moment from the same historic fight: Iron Mike raising his hand overhead as the winner.
  • A 1940 Jackie Robinson UCLA Football Type 1 Original News Service Photo that features the legendary baseball player and civil rights icon as a UCLA football player. Although better known for his baseball accomplishments, Robinson shared in his biography that he was more interested in football than any other sport he played at UCLA.
  • A 1991 NBC Finals Type 1 Original Photo of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, capturing up-and-comer Jordan tightly defending veteran Johnson. Another photo of this “Passing of the Torch” moment sold for more than $20,000 in September.
  • A photo of Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ “Black Power Salute” at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. The photo depicts the student-athletes, who won the gold and bronze medals for the 200-meter race, raising their black-gloved fists in solidarity and support of the Black Power movement. Their simple act of defiance remains the most iconic protest photo in sports history and the Type 1 photograph is expected to attract a high number of bidders at auction.

The photos are currently available for bidding as part of Goldin’s January Elite Auction and will be available for bidding through January 27, 2024.

About Goldin:
Goldin is the leading marketplace for trading cards, sports memorabilia and other collectibles. Founder Ken Goldin has sold more than $1.5 billion in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history, and pop culture. The company routinely sets records for the most expensive trading cards and other memorabilia ever sold. Lifelong collectors and new hobbyists alike trust Goldin because the company professionally authenticates everything it sells. Goldin is the official auction partner of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, The Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. For more information, visit Goldin.co. Learn more at goldin.co, on Twitter and Instagram.

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