Two of the best known Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb game model bats will hit the auction block in a couple of weeks. Both rank among the top bats of the two baseball icons that have been offered at auction in recent years.
Mile High Card Company says it will be offering a bat dating to use by Babe Ruth in the 1929-30 era and another swung by Ty Cobb more than a century ago. Both have been authenticated and graded by PSA/DNA with the Ruth rating a GU 9 and the Cobb a 9.5.
PSA/DNA’s report indicates the Ruth bat exhibits the correct measurements and all of the proper characteristics of game use including scoring on the bat and handle as well as a defined contact area. Along with the bat is a letter of provenance indicating that Ruth gave the bat to a clubhouse attendant after discovering a slight crack and indicating that he’d hit three homers while using it.
The Ty Cobb gamer is from the 1910-15 era and was likely used to help Cobb win at least one American League batting title. He led the league in hitting for five of those six seasons.
The Cobb bat carries the “dash-dot-dash” design on the center brand. Hand spun markings and close proximity of the facsimile Cobb signature to the center stamp confirms the time period in which it was created.
The auction, which will include hundreds of other lots, begins Monday, June 4 and concludes on Thursday, June 21 at MileHighCardCo.com.
Former NHL star and recently retired University of Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson is parting with several items from his career in an auction that’s now underway.
Berenson’s 1965-66 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ring is among the big ticket items among 24 lots that also include numerous game-worn jerseys and other items from his NHL and Team Canada stints.
He talked about the decision to sell in this Detroit Free Press article.
Trading cards are returning to the backs of Post Cereal boxes—but it won’t be baseball or football this time. Topps has partnered with the company to create some MLS-themed boxes with player cards on the back.
Post is the “official cereal” of the US-based pro soccer league and the card promotion is part of a summer-long series of family-oriented promotions.