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Ruth Centennial Auction Generated $5.3 Million

Collectors spent $5.3 million and placed more than 13,000 bids on 1,300 lots of memorabilia in Goldin Auctions’ recently completed Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction.

The two-part event featured a live auction on July 12 in Baltimore and an online auction which closed in the early morning hours on Saturday July 19.

“It has been an honor to host this auction in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s MLB debut and we could not be more pleased with how it went for consigners, bidders, the industry and our team,” explained Ken Goldin Founder of Goldin Auctions. “Babe Ruth has meant so much to collectors for so long that it was fitting to conduct one of the largest auctions in history in his honor.”

The online auction, which offered more than 1,000 lots including 200 Ruth items closed Saturday morning.

The largest realized price in the second half of the sale was $151,250 for the 1919 Promissory Note from the Yankees to the Red Sox in payment for the sale of Ruth to Boston.

Babe Ruth Promissory Note

The only player’s ring from the 2000 World Series champion New York Yankees was also among the most sought after items with the ring presented to Jim Yankees 2000 World Series ring Jim LeyritzLeyritz selling for $47,190.

Other highlights of Session 2:

Lot #41 – 1957 Mickey Mantle Player’s Contract – $30,000

Lot #127 – 1909 T206 Piedmont Cigarettes Sherri Magie (error) – $31,460

Lot #129 – 1909-11 T206 Near Complete Set (518/524) – $13,310

Lot #130 – 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle (SGC 55 VG-EX+ 4.5) – $16,940

Lot #133 – 1953-54 Parkhurst #27 Jean Beliveau Rookie (SGC 98 Gem Mint) – $22,990

Lot #141 – 1969-70 Thurman Munson Rookie Era Game Used Bat – $14,520

Lot #146 1995-96 Derek Jeter Game Worn & Signed Cap (MEARS) – $18,150

Lot #149 – 2012 Derek Jeter Game Worn & Signed Jersey (pass Gwynn in career hits) – $18,150

Lot #165 –   Multi-Signed Baseball with 7 Signatures (Ruth, Gehrig, Wagner, etc) - $47,190

Pinkie ring Babe RuthLot #172 – 1934 NY Yankees Team Signed Ball (24 sigs incl Ruth & Gehrig) – $18,150

Lot #180 – 1932-33 Babe Ruth Signed Bat - $27,830

Lot #326 – 1976 NY Yankees A.L. Championship Ring – $22,990

Lot #257 – Babe Ruth Monogrammed Gold Pinky Ring – $36,300 

Lot #337 – 2001 N.E. Patriots Super Bowl Ring – $39,930

Lot #463 – 1980 Eddie Murray Game Used Bat – $10,285

Lot #508 – 2003 Miguel Cabrera Game Used and Signed Rookie X-Bat Inscribed – $10,890

Lot #547 – Mike Trout Game Used and Signed Bat (PSA GU 10) – $9,680

Goldin Auctions is current accepting consignments for its next auction which will celebrate 75 years of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and honor the career of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in October. For information, visit

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