The latest Heritage Auction, which winds up bidding May 15-17, is filled with impressive items, from LeRoy Neiman baseball artwork (literally on baseballs) to milestone baseballs from Sandy Koufax (see the full lineup here). However, one item in particular is a really fun piece to see and learn about.
Lot 81909, with bidding ending May 16, is a 1926 Babe Ruth Barnstorming Poster (or broadside as they are known), the only example known. The event featured is a 1926 exhibition at St. Paul Lexington Park pitting the Yankees vs. the American Association St. Paul team.
Heritage provided a little background on the St. Paul park where this was played in the item’s auction description: “Besides the stars who played for or against the Saints, some great players appeared at Lexington Park in exhibition games. Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees came to St. Paul on Wednesday, June 16, 1926. Fans got the chance to watch Ruth launch some long balls in batting practice, although the game was rained out. Earlier in the day, a huge crowd gathered outside the Pioneer Press and Dispatch building in downtown St. Paul as Ruth hurled autographed baseballs out a window of the building.”
The poster itself was found inside a wall during a home’s demolition and was saved from the trash by the consignor. The broadside measures 14-by-22 inches.
Bidding is currently at $9,000 for this item, with estimates placed as high as $20,000. For a full description and if you want a shot in the bidding process, CLICK HERE