A stirrup sock with Babe Ruth’s name stitched inside and believed to have been part of his Yankees uniform in the late 1920s or early 30s, was among the big sellers in Grey Flannel Auctions’ holiday auction.
The story was pretty interesting.
A man named Ralph Langham coached the Westchester All-Stars in the 1930’s. In that capacity the team bought the New York Yankees uniforms at the end of each season and use them as their own the following year.
During World War II, Langham’s wife cut up the remaining uniforms for clothing. The navy blue stirrup was apparently the lone intact survivor some 80 years or so later.
Grey Flannel’s auction proceeds came to just over $1.7 Million (with buyers premium of 20%) in prices realized.
The Medalist-Sand Knit made top drew 25 bids and sold for a remarkable $96,631, easily outpacing hundreds of other lots of sports memorabilia in the sale.
Grey Flannel holds the annual Basketball Hall of Fame auction each September and those connections continue to pay off with more NBA related items. A 1957-58 game worn and autographed Bob Pettit St. Louis Hawks jersey brought $73,409. The jersey was worn by Pettit during the Hawks’ championship season.
A turn of the century wool Princeton University football jersey was third on the list when it sold for a price of $69,769, while a Bill Russell worn Celtics warm-up top went for $41,435 and a 1970 Mel Daniels ABA All-Star jersey ended with a realized price of $39,600.
A pair of championship rings were among the Premier Lots in the auction. J.R. Redmond’s Super Bowl XXXVI ring sold for $31,129 while a 1984 Boston Celtics NBA Championship ring that once belonged to Red Auerbach’s attorney went for $26,576.