A signed ticket stub from Babe Ruth’s 700th home run is the headline item in Huggins & Scott’s upcoming auction. The stub is from the game in Detroit July 13, 1934 when Ruth belted a 480-foot blast off Tommy Bridges in Tiger Stadium.
The buyer got quite a bargain for his $1.40, watching baseball history from the Upper Deck at the part that was known then as Navin Field. Ruth was the first player ever to hit 700 and there was no other player within 300 career homers of him at the time.
The stub and autograph have both been authenticated and it is encapsulated by SGC.
Vintage card collectors will enjoy an abundance of pre-and post-war rarities including professionally graded and raw examples of cards from a variety of designations, including a Novelty Postcard Tris Speaker rookie card PSA 3; a M101-3 Ty Cobb Postcard SGC 20; a SGC Graded T227 Honest Long Cut set of four with Cobb; and a variety of T206 White Borders, T202 Triple Folders, E-cards, early exhibit cards and more.
The post-war collection is substantial as well with an unusually large number of complete and near sets from 1939-1973; a couple of 1951 Bowman graded Mickey Mantle rookie cards; several lots of high-grade Mantle cards, a fresh-tothe hobby collection of Hunter’s Wieners including a higher grade 1955 Musial; and more. As always, there will be a plethora of wonderful “shoebox” collections (always a crowd favorite).
The game-used section in this auction includes a wide selection of various years, styles and teams of game-used warm-up jackets including a scarce 1969 Seattle Pilots, 1940s Montreal Royals, 1960s New York Mets and a 1969-71 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles jacket; game used bats from Harmon Killebrew (PSA 8) and Roy Sievers (1959 AllStar Bat); a 1940’s Bill Dickey game-used catcher’s glove; and a 1965 Ed Roebuck Phillies game used jersey (Mears A-10); and a unique Michael Jordan game-used fielders glove that has been dipped in .925 pure silver, now weighing nearly 7-1/2 pounds.
There are numerous graded and raw desirable tickets including World Series tickets from 1915, 1923, 1929, 1955, 1966, 1967, 1969; important pieces including: 1876 Boston Red Caps season ticket pass; 1941 Lou Gehrig Memorial (PSA 4); 1960 Ted Williams’ 500th home run; No-Hitter tickets from Bob Feller and Nolan Ryan; several early World Series programs including 1916, 1923 and 1926; a stunning 1919 baseball notebook with Babe Ruth in his Red Sox uniform on the cover; a colorful 1886 Pittsburgh Alleghenys scorecard with Pud Galvin on the cover; and a Houston Colt .45s black face bobbing head doll.
There are a large number of autographed lots including baseballs, bats, lithographs, photographs and others consigned by collectors from all across the country.
Highlights include: #22/100 NBA’s “50 Greatest Players” Lithograph by Dreams, Inc.; a Babe Ruth signed photograph; a very attractive 1915 Detroit Tigers team-signed baseball (see above), a popular 1928 New York Yankees team-signed baseball; a collection of PSA 9 and PSA 10 graded signed index cards including a Lou Gehrig PSA 10; Whitey Ford’s personal 1974 HOF induction signed baseball; a PSA 10 graded “America’s National Game” book signed by A.G. Spalding; and more.
If political or Americana collecting is your hobby, this auction features a number of lots including a scarce 1820-1824 E. Huntington Copy of the Declaration of Independence; a framed display with a George Washington signature and hair strands; signed documents from James Madison, James Monroe, John Hancock, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and a Marilyn Monroe signed personal check.
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