Notes: Ruth Auction Sneak Peek; Tip Leads Dealer to Accused Ball Thief

Goldin Auctions is putting together its Babe Ruth Centennial Auction, set for July.  Game-used items, historic documents RuthRCincluding the player’s contract he signed in 1918, rare baseball cards and other items never before seen will be on the block in two parts.

There’s a live auction scheduled for Saturday, July 12 at the Baltimore Sports Museum with 200 premium lots up for bid and a catalog auction of 1,000 more lots set for Saturday with internet and phone bidding.

Owner Ken Goldin sat down with ESPN Mint Condition and offered a sneak peek of some of the items.


Andy Sandler’s All Sports Auctions will hold its next auction May 27-June 5.

Numerous single-signed baseballs including some from baseball’s greatest icons, a 1930 Phillies team-signed ball and other autographed items will be sold along with vintage pennants, tickets, schedules, photos, postcards, defunct stadium items, rare programs, Joe Louis boxing ephemera, vintage baseball cards, graded cards and more.

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A Massachusetts man who police say stole a Ted Williams autographed baseball from a card show last Saturday, was no stranger to the law.

According to Metro West Daily News, Michael J. Glidden, 45, of Methuen, was being held without bail.

mapOne of the dealers set up at the Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center Saturday morning told police he was informed by another customer that the Williams ball had been taken from his table.

The vendor went outside the hotel and found Glidden who agreed to come back inside.  The newspaper reported that Glidden admitted to the theft and tried to pay for the $600 ball after saying he walked off with it by accident.

“The subject pleaded with me to just let him pay for it,” the arresting officer stated in a police report according to the paper.

A background check showed Glidden had an outstanding warrant out of New Hampshire.

He was charged with larceny and being a fugitive from justice on a court warrant.

2014 Bowman Lucky Redemption Kris BryantThe newspaper reported Glidden was arraigned at a local hospital after having a medical emergency in jail.


If you pulled a ‘Lucky Redemption #1-5” from this year’s Bowman Baseball, you’ll get a  Kris Bryant Autographed Refractor card.  That’s the word from Topps, so it doesn’t matter which number card you own, it’s Bryant you’ll get.