Mile High’s January auction will include a Babe Ruth and Al Capone signed baseball that also involves Herb Pennock and Eddie Collins in one of the more unique pieces of autographed memorabilia to hit the market recently.
PSA/DNA sees hundreds of signed items on a daily basis, so they know what counterfeiters and the unaware are trying to pass into the marketplace. The company has released the Top 5 sports and celebrity signatures who are most likely to end up in the “not good” category.
A 1929 N.Y. Yankees team-signed baseball is on the auction block, courtesy of a prep school in New Jersey. The ball, signed by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other Hall of Famers, was acquired by a former monk at the school. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the more than 500 students enrolled at the school.
It’s now commonplace to record an athlete signing a ball. But when it happens in 1929, involves a prototype video camera and Babe Ruth, it’s something truly special. This single-signed Babe Ruth ball has a story – and it plays out to you on your computer screen.
Collect Auctions’ latest sale, which ends Thursday, Nov. 29, is filled with signatures from nearly every Hall of Famer through 1974. On top of that, the auction features numerous unopened material, led by a 1972 Topps Baseball Series 5/6 wax box.
Grey Flannel rolls out another impressive auction, headlined by Babe Ruth pants dated to 1921, a Ty Cobb game-used bat, the ball Orel Hershiser used to set his 59 consecutive scoreless innings streak, Frank Robinson’s 1966 Orioles jersey and much more.
Goldin Auctions topped $800,000 in its debut auction, with more than $5,000 going toward Hurricane Sandy Relief. Ruth signed bat topped $23,000, Barry Lyons’ 1986 Mets World Series ring hit $22,840, but the big draw, Pete Rose’s personal copy of his banishment papers failed to meet reserve at $259,000.
Memory Lane has had its share of significant auctions, but only one have they deemed “The Find” auction. To put it in perspective, thus far a T206 Honus Wagner PSA 2 is getting bypassed in attention for other gems. Those include attached examples of 1888 Scrapps cards, a M101-5 Sporting News complete set and a Ruth signed ball that comes with a video of the signing in 1931.
Heritage Auctions rolled out its largest sports catalog auction to date, with more than 3,000 items available over a three-day period. The result was nearly $6 million in sales, led by examples from the “Black Swamp Find,” a Harmon Killebrew jersey and a 1970 Topps Baseball set.
Memory Lane’s Own It Now sale offered another round of impressive prices, starting with $97,000 for a Babe Ruth signed ball and $25,000 for a Walter Payton rookie card.