Sports News: 63 Years After His Death, Ruth Collectibles Still Larger Than Life

After Babe Ruth passed away at the early age of 53, on August 16, 1948, the New York Times said it best — “A figure unprecedented in American life. A born showman off the field and a marvelous performer on it, he had an amazing flair for doing the spectacular at the most dramatic moment.” And despite the “Sultan of Swat” being gone for 63 years, no sports figure is, or has been, more popular in the world of sports memorabilia. There are “stars,” “legends” and “notables,” but Ruth was more than that. He was, and still is, an icon. Over the years, Heritage Auctions has presented some of the most significant Ruth pieces ever sold, and we would like to take the opportunity to revisit the following list of some of our favorites.

1933 Babe Ruth All-Star Game Worn Jersey
1933 Babe Ruth All-Star Game Worn Jersey

Sold October 2006 for $657,250
Most Important Babe Ruth Game Used Bat
The Most Important Babe Ruth Game Used Bat on Earth

Sold October 2009 for $537,750
1933 Goudey Big League Triple Babe Ruth Uncut Sheet
1933 Goudey Big League Triple Babe Ruth Uncut Sheet

Sold September 2004 for $131,450
Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball
Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball, PSA NM-MT+ 8.5

Sold August 2010 for $83,650
1922 Historic Sale of Babe Ruth Promissory Note
1922 Historic Sale of Babe Ruth Promissory Note

Sold May 2007 for $35,850
1932 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Signed Large Photograph
1932 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Signed Large Photograph

from The Christy Walsh Collection
Sold August 2010 for $83,650.00

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  Heritage Platinum Night & The National — Thanks for the Memories!

97 Lots, $4.95 Million!

Heritage Auctions’ second annual “Platinum Night” auction at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago was an enormous success, but we know it wouldn’t have been possible without the consignors and bidders who comprise our valued clientele. Please allow us to take this time to offer our sincere gratitude to those who entrusted us to present their fine collectibles at auction, and to the bidders who gave these treasures a new home. Thank you for making Platinum Night one to remember! The full press release for the Platinum Night auction can be read Here.

Highlights Include
1926 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball from The Lou Gehrig Collection, Finest Example Known.
1926 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball from The Lou Gehrig Collection, Finest Example Known.

Sold for: $131,450
1934 Lou Gehrig Tour of Japan Game Worn Uniform.
1934 Lou Gehrig Tour of Japan Game Worn Uniform.

Sold for: $507,875
1908 Denton T. Cy Young Game Worn Boston Red Sox Uniform.
1908 Denton T. “Cy” Young Game Worn Boston Red Sox Uniform.

Sold for: $657,250
1937 Robert T. Bobby Jones Personal Augusta Green Jacket.
1937 Robert T. “Bobby” Jones’ Personal Augusta Green Jacket.

Sold for: $310,700
1923 Christy Mathewson Single Signed Baseball.
1923 Christy Mathewson Single Signed Baseball.

Sold for: $83,650
1887 Sam Wise Boston Beaneaters Batting Championship Sterling Silver Presentational Bat.
1887 Sam Wise Boston Beaneaters Batting Championship Sterling Silver Presentational Bat.

Sold for: $71,700

We would also like to thank our clients for a great show! It was a wonderful experience and we enjoyed seeing old friends as well as meeting many new ones.

Consignments are currently being accepted for our November 2011 Signature Sports Auction, which will be the most visible hobby event of the Fall. Please call or email one of our consignment directors today to discuss your collection.


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  Sunday Internet Auction Highlights

HA.com/Sports is the place to be every Sunday night for collectors of fine sports memorabilia and trading cards.

Over 100 lots will close to initial bidding at 10 PM CT. On a lot-by-lot basis, starting at 10:00 PM CT, any person who has bid on the lot previously may continue to bid on that lot until there are no more bids for 30 minutes. For example, if you bid on a lot during Normal Bidding, you could participate during Extended Bidding for that lot, but not on lots you did not bid on previously. If a bid was placed at 10:15, the new end time for that lot would become 10:45. If no other bids were placed before 10:45, the lot would close. If you are the high bidder on a lot, changing your bid will not extend the bidding during the 30 Minute Ending phase (only a bid from another bidder will extend bidding).

No other major sports memorabilia auction house provides its clientele this much bidding excitement. It’s just another reason why Heritage is the World’s Largest Collectibles Auctioneer.

Call or email today to discuss consigning your fine sport collectibles and trading cards to an upcoming Heritage auction.

 

 

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  Consign Today

Top quality collectibles will also be given featured placement in print ads within such trade publications as Sports Collectors Digest, Sports Market Report and Beckett Elite, providing maximum hobby exposure. Generous cash advances are available. Call or email one of our consignment directors today to discuss your collection.

Chris Ivy
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1319
or email at CIvy@HA.com
Derek Grady
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1975
or email at DerekG@HA.com
Mike Gutierrez
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1183
or email at MikeG@HA.com
Mark Jordan
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1187
or email at MarkJ@HA.com
Lee Iskowitz
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1601
or email at LeeI@HA.com
Peter Calderon
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1789
or email at PeterC@HA.com
Jonathan Scheier
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1314
or email at JonathanS@HA.com
Chris Nerat
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1615
or email at ChrisN@HA.com