The high grade E98 cards from the now famous Black Swamp Find are just part of what Heritage Auctions will offer during the live portion of its event in Baltimore next month.
It’s said that Babe Ruth signed tens of thousands of autographs throughout his storied career, and the best command a pretty penny. Only one, however, stands above the rest and it’s one of the most compelling highlights of the auction: The Finest Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball Known, PSA/DNA Mint+ 9.5., is expected to bring $300,000+. As of early Wednesday, online bidding had already pushed the ball past $155,000.
“The ball was originally given by the Babe’s widow to Hollywood publicist William Stoll, who worked on the 1948 film, ‘The Babe Ruth Story,’” said Auction Director Chris Ivy. “As far as sports autographs go, this ball could well be the Crown Jewel.”
Another piece of the Babe’s legacy is his circa 1932 game worn New York Yankees cap(estimate: $300,000+), dating to the season of Ruth’s famous “Called Shot” home run. The cap was given in 1932 to a young paperboy named Robert O’Brian, who delivered the paper to then-Yankees manager, the great Joe McCarthy, who took a shine to O’Brian, introducing him to many Yankees greats of the day and ultimately gifting him with this previous Ruth relic.
Back on the auction market, this time via Heritage, is the 1912 Boston Red Sox World Series Trophy presented to Manager Jake Stahl, including a team cabinet photograph of the victors posing with the trophy. The trophy, which Boston won in one of the most contentious and famous World Series in baseball history, is estimated at $300,000+.
Baseball history will also be on the block when the company offers up the only 1927 Babe Ruth game used bat in private hands, PSA/DNA GU 10, the ultimate Ruth artifact from the famed 1927 Murderer’s Row (est. $200,000+).
Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
Arnold Palmer Green Jacket Presented to Him at the 1984 Masters Tournament: The fact that the presented Green Jacket was technically a presentation model rather than a victor’s prize accounts for its eventual escape from the Augusta grounds. The garment was issued to Palmer in 1984, presumably to provide him with a newer and better-fitting model than those he earned with victories in a six-year span between 1958 and 1964. From there it made its way into the personal collection of a long-time Augusta employee who had befriended Palmer during their annual meetings at the Masters. Upon his passing, his son discovered the jacket. Heritage’s consignor purchased the jacket directly from the son. Estimate: $100,000+.
1975 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn Trunks from the Thrilla in Manila: The most significant artifact from the Thrilla in Manila ever to reach the public auction block, the white satin Everlast trunks worn by Muhammad Ali as he inflicted and endured the most brutal beatings ever witnessed in a Heavyweight Championship bout are being offered again just months after they were first sold for over $118,000 by Robert Edward Auctions. The trunks were retained by Ali’s assistant and close friend Drew “Bundini” Brown, and it is his handwriting we find in black marker on the front: “Ali – Frazier Fight, Trilla (sic) in Manila, Pres. F. Marcos, Manila, Philippines, Oct. 1, 1975.” Estimate: $100,000+.
1951 Mickey Mantle World Series Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8: One of just two bats issued to the rookie Mantle for this historic Series and the only example known to survive to this day. The signature model Hillerich & Bradsby T41 provides a block lettered “World Series 1951, New York Yankees” framing the facsimile signature on the barrel, and heavy use with repaired handle and barrel and scattered ball marks, stitch impressions and cleat marks. It was a gift from Mantle to his high school baseball coach who passed the bat on to his young friend Gomer Evans. Estimate: $100,000+.
1956 Jackie Robinson Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10: Heritage indicates there is a “sizeable stack of paperwork” charting the provenance of this bat to Robinson’s final big league game at Ebbets Field, Oct. 10, 1956, and a New York priest and devout Brooklyn Dodgers fan named Father Jimmy O’Halloran. As the story was recounted by O’Halloran to a friend and fellow Dodgers fan named Ron Allen, the clergyman had begun to pester Robinson for a bat late in the 1956 season. On the final day, after falling to the Yankees by a tally of nine runs to none in Game Seven of the World Series, a dejected Robinson approached O’Halloran and handed him this bat. Estimate: $75,000+.
1960 Roberto “Momen” Clemente World Series Game Seven Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10: This bat comes to auction from the son of a Pittsburgh police officer tasked with the duty of crowd control for the deciding seventh game of the 1960 World Series at Forbes Field. Estimate: $40,000+.