Grey Flannel Auctions’ 2012 Holiday Auction is now under way, with more than 700 lots available including the earliest known Babe Ruth game worn pinstripes. Bidding will close December 12.
Dating to Opening Day, 1921, Ruth’s game-used home flannel pants are offered together with multiple photomatches of the Bambino wearing them in front of the Yankees dugout. The size 42 trousers are among numerous pieces of game-worn memorabilia being offered by Grey Flannel.
As a historical footnote, the Babe didn’t disappoint the legion of fans that turned out for that opener 91 years ago, going five-for-five at the plate.
“These pinstripes are a piece of American and baseball history that you can actually touch,” said Grey Flannel President Richard Russek. Minimum bid is $25,000.
Another memento of baseball’s early days is a 1916-18 Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers game used bat, accompanied by a letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA that grades it GU9.5. The remnants of tobacco juice as well as numerous cleat marks can be found on the bat. It opens at $10,000.
Also up for bid are a 1966 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles game-used home flannel jersey from his MVP and Championship season, a 1972 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants game-used road flannel uniform from his last year on the west coast and three high quality game-used jerseys from the Cincinnati Reds “Big Red Machine” era: Johnny Bench, Pete Rose and Tony Perez.
A unique and one of a kind piece of sports history is offered – the Orel Hershiser 59 scoreless innings streak game-used baseball from his magical 1988 season. It’s the baseball that “Bulldog” walked off the mound with to end his historic streak, which still stands as a baseball record nearly a quarter-century later. The ball comes directly from Hershiser with his signed letter of authenticity. It is entered in the auction with a minimum bid of $25,000.
Autographed items include a 9/25/1930 New York Yankees bonus check for $833.33 endorsed by Lou Gehrig who signed his full name. The check is also signed by longtime team owner Jacob Ruppert. There is also an exceptional Babe Ruth single-signed baseball with PSA/DNA graded-10 autograph.
Basketball highlights include Hall of Famer Robert Parish’s 1986 Celtics Championship Ring with a letter of authenticity from Parish, a circa-1966 Jerry Lucas Cincinnati Royals game-used home jersey as well as a 1974-75 Nate “Tiny” Archibald Kansas City/Omaha Kings game-used and autographed home jersey that is the finest known example.
From the gridiron comes an early 1960s Paul Hornung Green Bay Packers game used and autographed home jersey with photomatch, 20+ team repairs and pristine provenance, and a late-1950s Frank Gifford New York Giants worn, custom-made sideline jacket.
Other stars from the football category include a rare 1990 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys game-used and autographed rookie road jersey with numerous team repairs; and a circa-1966 Rookie Era Joe Namath AFL NY Jets game-used road durene jersey.
Bidding in Grey Flannel’s Holiday Auction will close on December 12. All forms of absentee bids are being accepted, including by phone and online through Grey Flannel’s website at www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com. Printed catalogs are free to all registered bidders while supplies last. The fully illustrated electronic version of the catalog is available to view online. For additional information, call 631-288-7800, ext. 223; or email [email protected]