Record Setting Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auctions Nets $5.3 Million

1918 Babe Ruth Contract Sells for Record $1.02 MllionWhen the Goldin Auctions Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction, closed this weekend, to nobody’s surprise, the player who set more records than anyone in baseball history, also set numerous records for Goldin Auctions. Collectors spent $5.3 million and placed more than 13,000 bids on 1,300 lots of memorabilia in the live auction on July 12 in Baltimore and the online auction which closed in the early morning hours on July 19, at www.GoldinAuctions.com.

“It has been an honor to host this auction in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s MLB debut and we could not be more pleased with how it went for consigners, bidders, the industry and our team,” explained Ken Goldin Founder of Goldin Auctions. “Babe Ruth has meant so much to collectors for so long that it was fitting to conduct one of the largest auctions in history in his honor.”

The online auction, which offered more than 1,000 lots including 200 Ruth items closed with a bidding frenzy on Saturday morning. Here are some of the highlights of Session 2:

  • Lot #29 – Jim Leyritz 2000 Yankees World Series Ring – $47,190
  • Lot #41 – 1957 Mickey Mantle Player’s Contract – $30,000
  • Lot #58 – 1919 Promissory Note from the Yankees to the Red Sox in Payment for the Sale of Babe Ruth – $151,250
  • Lot #127 – 1909 T206 Piedmont Cigarettes Sherri Magie (error) – $31,460
  • Lot #129 – 1909-11 T206 Near Complete Set (518/524) – $13,310
  • Lot #130 – 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (SGC 55 VG-EX+ 4.5) – $16,940
  • Lot #133 – 1953-54 Parkhurst #27 Jean Beliveau Rookie (SGC 98 Gem Mint) – $22,990
  • Lot #141 – 1969-70 Thurman Munson Rookie Era Game Used Bat – $14,520
  • Lot #146 – 1995-96 Derek Jeter Game Worn & Signed Cap (MEARS) – $18,150
  • Lot #149 – 2012 Derek Jeter Game Worn & Signed Jersey (pass Gwynn in career hits) – $18,150
  • Lot #165 – Multi-Signed Baseball with 7 Signatures (Ruth, Gehrig, Wagner, etc) – $47,190
  • Lot #172 – 1934 NY Yankees Team Signed Ball (24 sigs incl Ruth & Gehrig) – $18,150
  • Lot #180 – 1932-33 Babe Ruth Signed Bat – $27,830
  • Lot #326 – 1976 NY Yankees A.L. Championship Ring – $22,990
  • Lot #257 – Babe Ruth Monogrammed Gold Pinky Ring – $36,300
  • Lot #337 – 2001 N.E. Patriots Super Bowl Ring – $39,930
  • Lot #463 – 1980 Eddie Murray Game Used Bat – $10,285
  • Lot #508 – 2003 Miguel Cabrera Game Used and Signed Rookie X-Bat Inscribed – $10,890
  • Lot #547 – Mike Trout Game Used and Signed Bat (PSA GU 10) – $9,680

Goldin Auctions is current accepting consignments for its next auction which will celebrate 75 years of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and honor the career of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in October. For information, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com.

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