A 2005 SP Legendary Cuts card featuring cut signatures from Babe Ruth and the man who famously sold him to the New York Yankees headlines the Legends of Baseball Auction now underway at Beckett Auctions. The Ruth-Harry Frazee 1/1 card carries a $25,000 opening bid.
In January 1920, Frazee agreed to sell Ruth to the Yankees for $125,000 cash and a reported $300,000 in loans that Frazee used in part to finance some of his theatrical projects including the popular musical “No, No, Nanette.” Frazee got his money but the the Red Sox went more than eight decades without winning a World Series before they finally broke “The Curse of the Bambino” in 2004. Frazee died in 1929 and his signature remains in high demand.
The autographs have been authenticated by PSA/DNA. Ruth’s signature carries the quote marks around his first name, signifying an autograph signed early in his career.
Vintage card and memorabilia collectors will see items ranging from $25 and up, including several 19th century Old Judge cards including a Stephen Behel “Spotted Tie” variation. Believed to be one of the first cards in the history of the hobby to feature a Jewish-born player, the card is part of the “script” series, which is easily identified by the player’s name written in script on the bottom of the photo. Minimum bid is $5,000. There is also an 1887 Allen & Ginter Cap Anson graded SGC 55, a 1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle graded BVG 7.5, a 1939 Ted Williams Goudey Premium and a 1949 Leaf Babe Ruth.
The rest of the lineup includes over 90 different autographed baseballs from some of the greatest players of all-time like Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays to go along with more than 70 lots of autographed baseball cards in both raw and graded condition. Some of the names available include Nolan Ryan and Jim Thorpe along with current players such as Mike Trout and Yu Darvish.
Not limited to just baseball, collectors can also bid on cards and memorabilia from other sports.
Lot #2 is a Michael Jordan 1997-98 Topps Finest Gold Refractors error card that is missing its serial number, die cut and embossing. Graded BGS 9, it’s one of several from the set that inexplicably missed the final part of the printing process 16 years ago and carries a $10,000 minimum. Several other Jordan cards are in the sale including a 1997-98 E-X2001 Jambalaya #6, which opens at $3,500.
There is a Kobe Bryant Red 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems #81 serially #’d 26/100 that opens at $8,000 along with several other cards from that ultra-popular 1990s set.
A Wayne Gretzky rookie card, first-year cardboard featuring Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor, game-worn and game-used memorabilia and dozens of modern era autograph and relic cards are among the hundreds of lots in the online catalog.
The auction runs through Oct. 19. For a complete look at all the items up for bidding, visit www.beckettauctions.com where you can register to bid.