Goldin Auctions and the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards have signed a long-term partnership agreement making Goldin Auctions the Official Auction Partner of the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.
The announcement was made by Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions and John Hein, director of Business Development Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards
The agreement ensures that Goldin Auctions will continue to offer the most unique, rare and desirable Babe Ruth memorabilia in its auctions. Goldin Auctions will be the only auction house to host live auctions and other events at the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and create Babe Ruth themed auctions with the museum. In July 2014, Goldin Auctions staged the Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Bambino’s first MLB game at the venue.
“Babe Ruth is still the king of sports memorabilia and as a result of this partnership we will continue to be the place to consign and buy unique, rare and desirable Ruth memorabilia,” Goldin said. “The experts at the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, will offer us unequaled expertise, industry contacts and a spectacular venue to continue offering collectors the best Babe Ruth auctions in the industry.”
The long-term partnership, which runs through 2035 with renewals, will allow Goldin Auctions to create events in celebration of every significant anniversary in Ruth’s spectacular career including his World Series scoreless pitching streak, his sale to the New York Yankees, all of his significant career home runs and his last game in 1935.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Goldin Auctions to celebrate the life and career of Babe Ruth,” said Hein. “The Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction we hosted for them last year brought great attention to our museum and reinforced the love American sports fans and collectors have for the Bambino.”
Over the past few years, Goldin Auctions has sold some of the most rare and valuable Babe Ruth memorabilia including: Ruth’s 1918 contract for a record $1.02 million; his 1932 game-worn cap for $261,000; a 1916-18 rookie era game-used bat for $204,000; a 1919 Promissory Note from the Yankees to Red Sox for the Sale of Ruth for $151,250; Ruth’s Final (1934) Yankees Contract for $278,300; a 1929-30 Ruth game-used white hickory bat for $181,050; and more.