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All Star Game Auction Includes Ruth World Series Bat

Babe Ruth bat personalized to Art Nehf

Back in April, we told you what became of the lineup cards from the first All Star game in 1933. Now, find out what else Hunt Auctions is bringing to San Francisco next month.

For the third year in a row, Hunt Auctions, Inc. will host the 2007 MLB Live Auction in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week. Scheduled for Tuesday, July 10th, the auction will feature a variety of historical baseball memorabilia, all of which will be on public display during DHL All-Star FanFest, an interactive baseball extravaganza that runs from Friday, July 6th – Tuesday, July 10th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As the Official Auctioneer, Hunt Auctions, Inc. is offering a number of auction related activities during the five day event, including daily silent auctions and a free appraisal fair. Select items from the appraisal fair will be eligible for consignment to the Live Auction on Tuesday.

1933 National League All Stars lineup card 1933 American League All Star lineup card

In a nod to All-Star Game history, Hunt Auctions will be offering the official line up cards from the very first All-Star classic in 1933. Originating from the archives of National League coach, Bill McKechnie, both the American and National League lineups list some of the most fearsome batters in baseball history including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Frankie Frisch, Chuck Klein, Paul Waner, and Gaby Hartnett. The lineup cards are expected to bring at least $50,000.

Among the other items in the sale are two important pieces representing inaugural World Series events. The first to sell will be the bat attributed to Babe Ruth’s home run in Game #6 of the 1923 World Series. Game 6 would prove to be the series clincher as Giants pitcher Art Nehf collapsed in the eighth inning, allowing the Yankees to claim the World Championship title for the very first time in franchise history. Ruth signed and inscribed the bat, " To My Friend Art Nehf From "Babe" Ruth Oct. 15th, 1923". The bat is estimated to fetch upwards of $150,000.

Shortly following the bat is an original panoramic photograph of the very first World Championship game in 1903, which took place twenty years prior to the Yankees’ first victory in the series. The photograph pictures the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox, who ultimately prevailed to win the first championship in World Series history. Believed to be the only surviving original exemplar, the panoramic is anticipated to bring $30,000-$40,000.

In addition to these headliners, over 675 pieces of baseball memorabilia from a variety of categories will be offered, including several items with relation to this year’s host city.

1958 Willie Mays home jersey The host city is represented with game used items from San Francisco’s greatest players, including Willie Mays’ 1958 home jersey worn during the inaugural season after the Giants moved to west from New York (Est. $30,000-$40,000) and the bat Mays used in the 1961 All-Star Game held in San Francisco ($10,000-$15,000). Willie McCovey’s 1972 Giants road jersey ($10,000-$15,000), and the home jersey Reggie Jackson wore in 1969 during one of his most accomplished seasons ($7,500-$10,000) are also up for bid. Completing the San Francisco offering are two Barry Bonds uniforms, one from the 1994 All-Star Game ($$4,000-$5,000.00) and the other from the 1993 regular season ($4,000-$6,000).

Fans and collectors will have the opportunity to bid on items from three player collections. The first up originates from the estate of the late Charlie Wagner, a former Red Sox player, coach, and executive who was involved with the team for over 70 years. Available are four of Charlie Wagner’s AL Championship rings ($2,500-$7,500) and several signed items from his friend and roommate Ted Williams.

The collection of pitcher "Smoky" Joe Wood, another Red Sox alum from the early 1900s, immediately follows. The 20 lots of Joe Wood material include early equipment and photographs, a pocket watch presented to Wood for his performance in the 1912 World Series ($5,000-$7,500), a diamond solitaire ring ($4,000-$6,000), and an imperial cabinet photograph of Wood by Boston photographer Carl Horner ($5,000-$7,500).

The final player collection up for sale comes from the family of the late Max Patkin, who entertained fans across the nation for over 50 years as the "Clown Prince of Baseball". In addition to numerous original photographs, three uniforms Patkin used for on-field performances will be auctioned off with values estimated to range between $750 and $1,500.

1913 Boston Garter Ty Cobb Vintage baseball card lots include an estate collection of 1914 Cracker Jacks with (11) Ty Cobb cards ($2,500-$7,000 each), (3) scarce 1913 Boston Garter cards incl. Ty Cobb ($40,000-$60,000), a rare 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie ($20,000-$30,000), and multiple groupings of tobacco and candy cards incl. T-206, T-205, Goudey, Geo. C. Miller, and T-207 cards.

Also included: Ted Williams’ 1955 Boston Red Sox road jersey ($50,000-$75,000), professional model bats used by famous sluggers Ty Cobb c.1923-26 ($40,000-$60,000), Ted Williams c.1960 ($25,000-$35,000), Joe DiMaggio c.1937 ($20,000-$30,000), and Mickey Mantle c.1961-63 ($15,000-$20,000), a Babe Ruth autographed baseball and related signed letter from Ruth c.1935 ($15,000-$20,000), a stunning Lou Gehrig single signed baseball ($25,000-$35,000), and a near complete run of World Series team signed baseballs from 1930-2005.

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