News and Notes: Ruth Items on CNBC, NBA Finals Jerseys at Auction

Less than two weeks remain in the Babe Ruth Centennial Auction being conducted by Goldin Auctions.  The catalog has 1,300+ lots of historic sports memorabilia up for bid with 200 of them focused on The Babe, who made his big league debut 100 Autographed Babe Ruth Yankee Stadium ball 1923years ago this summer.

The auction includes both a Live Auction for 126 super premium items on July 12 at the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Sports Museum in Baltimore and an Online Auction closing on July 18 at  Appropriately, the Yankees will be in Baltimore to face the Orioles that weekend.

Ken Goldin appeared on CNBC recently to show off some of the better pieces being offered including what’s described as the first home run ball hit at Yankee Stadium.  Smacked by Ruth on Valentine’s Day 1923 during stadium construction, the ball currently has a high bid of $50,000.


Here’s a weird story out of St. Louis, where some autographed memorabilia went missing from a shop inside a mall–and turned up at another store–in the same mall.

I’m not sure if the crazy part is the fact that the stuff was resold just steps away from where it was believed to have been stolen or the fact that St. Louis has two sports memorabilia shops in the same mall.

Game worn LeBron James NBA Finals cramp jersey 2014——-

The NBA and MeiGray are conducting their annual auction of NBA Finals jerseys.  First up are the Game 1 shirts worn by the Spurs and Heat.  That was the game that seemed to set the tone for the series with the Spurs jumping to a 1-0 lead.   The air conditioning wasn’t working inside the arena in San Antonio and late in the contest, LeBron James had to be carried from the court after severe leg cramps left him unable to play.

Game 1 2014 NBA Finals Tim Duncan game jerseyThe jersey up for bid was worn only in the first half of the game, according to the listing, however, with a few days left in the bidding, the red James jersey has already been pushed up to a whopping $25,000—nearly double the price of the jersey worn by Tim Duncan that night (second half only).  Duncan’s home white stands at $13,020.

Jerseys from Game 3 are also up for grabs with James’ at $12,020 with Duncan’s second half shirt at $10,020.  Bidding for Game 3 jerseys end July 8.

Other jerseys worn by the remaining players who suited up for the two Finals games are also on the block.

Follow the auction here.