Ruth Signed Ball Tops Auction

Babe Ruth autographed baseball A single-signed Babe Ruth autographed baseball was the big seller in Iconic Memorabilia’s inaugural auction.

There are still more buyers than sellers of vintage signed baseballs bearing the name of baseball’s greatest icon.

An official American League baseball bearing the Babe’s script sold for $14,265 in an auction conducted by Iconic Memorabilia over the weekend. With the company’s buyer’s premium added, the final realized selling price for the ball was $17,118. Accompanied by the stamp of approval of several authentication companies, the ball was bright white with a clean, clear signature.

An 8×10 inscribed Ruth autographed photo, grading PSA 9, brought $5137 while a framed piece of memorabilia which included double signed Ruth bank check and original artwork sold for $4676.

Pre-war Hall of Fame autographs also attract a crowd and a signed copy of Christy Mathewson’s book "Won in the Ninth" brought a winning bid of $7783. The foutain pen signature was affixed to a bookplate on the inside front cover, as is often found. The book was even dated Christmas Day 1915 by the original gift-giver, perhaps to a young fan.

An album filled with over 170 viintage baseball player autographs, mostly in pencil, and including Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Joe DiMaggio, sold for $3765.

A Brett Favre signed, game worn jersey dating from the 1998 NFL season brought $3763 for Iconic.

Only a handful of baseball cards were offered in the company’s first sale, but the always popular 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card did find a new home for $3137 in GAI 6 grade.

Presidential autographed baseballs seem to be gaining steam with collectors of sports and political memorabilia and a Ronald Reagan single signed baseball wound up selling for $2178.

Iconic crosses into entertainment and poliitcal memorabilia. Headed by former Universal Rarities partner Jeff Woolf, the company will hold another auction later this summer.