Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series Championship ring and one of two copies of the 1919 agreement documenting the sale of of Ruth from the Red Sox to Yankees contract headline the Lelands.com 1st Annual Invitational Auction.
The ring has never before been offered publicly. It was famously owned by actor Charlie Sheen, who bought it in a private transaction in the 1990s. The current high bid as of late Tuesday afternoon was $235, 795.
The Lelands.com auction also features a 1955 Sandy Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers rookie jersey (currently $146,410), a 1950-51 Joe DiMaggio Yankees game-used uniform (opening bid $100,000), a 1957 Willie Mays New York Giants game-worn, signed jersey from his last Polo Grounds game (opening at $75,000), the ball hit by Pete Rose to become the all-time major league hits leader with 4,192 (currently $60,500) and one of Lou Gehrig’s last game bats (currently $114,874).
Additional auction highlights include a Ty Cobb game-used factory side-written bat, a high grade Babe Ruth single-signed baseball, also owned by Sheen, a Mickey Mantle game-used bat and cap, the jersey worn by San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner on April 2, 2017 when he became the first hurler to hit two home runs on Opening Day, a 1962-63 Stan Musial Cardinals game-worn glove, a 1969 Bob Gibson Cardinals game-used, signed uniform, a 1923 Tris Speaker game-used factory side-written bat, a 1962 Warren Spahn Milwaukee Braves game-worn jersey, and Hank Aaron’s 705th home run ball.
The auction also includes the gold and silver medals won by pioneering U.S. golfer Chandler Egan at the 1904 Olympics – the last time the sport was played in the Games prior to its return last summer. The medals were recently found in a bookcase in the former home of Egan’s daughter in northeast Ohio.
Also on the auction block are a pair of 1965 Gordie Howe game-worn skates, a 1967-68 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Trophy presented to Ralph Backstrom, a 1983-84 Bernard King Knicks game-worn jersey and King’s 1984-85 NBA Leading Scorer Award, as well as Teresa Edwards’ 1984 Olympic U.S. basketball gold medal, an 1892 Sullivan vs. Corbett official boxing program, and a 1974 Billie Jean King match-worn Philadelphia Freedom uniform.
Additionally, the auction features some high-end horse racing memorabilia including a1972 Secretariat horseshoe from his maiden race and first win as well as a full set of eight nails worn by the legendary thoroughbred in the Belmont Futurity that year.
Lelands.com will also be auctioning off an array of vintage music and Americana memorabilia including a Bruce Springsteen “Born in the USA” stage-used guitar, a 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band fedora worn on the iconic album, a 1967 Pete Townshend “smashed” tour guitar, a 1952 Salvador Dali “Spheres of Gali” original pen and ink, and a 1967 Peanuts original art daily with Jose Peterson baseball content.
“From Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring to ‘The Curse of the Bambino’ pact, among other things, we believe this is the best quality sports auction since ‘The Barry Halper Collection,'” said Josh Evans, founder and chairman of Lelands. “We are excited to bring these historic, one-of-a-kind collectibles to auction.”
Bidding will continue through June 30 at Lelands.com.