He probably didn’t find it quite as exhilarating as hitting one out of a big league ballpark, but golf soothed some of Babe Ruth competitive spirit once his playing days were over. One of the featured items in the new Sterling Sports Auction is evidence of the Babe’s fondness for the game: a scorecard from Queens Valley Golf Club on Long Island, autographed in pencil on the front. The unique PSA/DNA authenticated piece carries a $3,000 opening bid in Sterling’s 58th auction.
The December Auction offers 618 lots, the company’s largest offering in a couple of years and includes some rarely offered material.
Sterling is breaking the top-rated 1910 T212-2 Obak Cigarettes set with the first of three parts appearing in the current auction. A PSA 7 1910 Sporting Life Connie Mack is also on the block. Other pre-War material up for grabs include:
- Goodwin Champions
- Buchner Gold Coins
- Old Judge
- T205s including Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Addie Joss and rare back commons
Post-War baseball material is highlighted by a PSA 7 1954 Bowman Ted Williams short print, an autographed 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax rookie card, a Nolan Ryan rookie card graded PSA 7, high-graded 1952 Topps commons and a rare near set of 1964 Topps Banquet All-Star Rookie team cards (23/35). Only 300 sets are believed to have been issued in conjunction with the annual event.
A PSA 8 example of the ever-popular 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan is among the rookie card attractions.
Other notable rookies in the auction include those of Koufax, Kaline, Brooks and Frank Robinson, Rose, Marichal, McCovey, Mathews, Gibson, Maris and others.
The auction is scheduled to end Thursday, Dec 29. To see the online catalog and register for bidding, visit Sterling Sports Auctions’ website.