The New York Yankees duo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig paced the sports section of EAC Gallery’s November Auction. The sports item that sold for the most was a Ruth-signed 8-by-10 inch black-and-white photo. The photo was a headshot portrait signed and inscribed “To My Pal Jimmy From Babe Ruth.” The photo sold for $6,750.
Another Ruth item that received plenty of attention was an autographed W. Harridge Official AL baseball. The baseball was single signed and inscribed “To Bobby Davis From Babe Ruth.” The baseball sold for $4,600.
Second in line was a Gehrig black and white Goudey Premium 31/4-by-41/2-inch photo of him in a batting stance that was signed twice by Gehrig. It was signed once in pencil, and then again in ink, with printed “Lou Gehrig New York American League” at the bottom. The photo sold for $4,935.
Another Gehrig item that sold well was a 1938 World Champion New York Yankees team-signed W. Harridge official AL baseball. The baseball contains 20 signatures, with Gehrig’s signature alone on the sweetspot. Other recognizable signatures included: George Selkirk, Spud Chandler, Joe Gordon, Bill Knickerbocker, Myril Hoag, Bump Hadley, Jake Powell and Art Jorgens. The baseball sold for $3,300.
It wasn’t only baseball items that sold well. Three different Michael Jordan signed limited-edition Chicago Bulls jerseys from Upper Deck sold for $2,780. Only 123 of these jerseys were signed. A Tiger Woods signed “Breakthrough” limited-edition photo display from Upper Deck sold for $1,300.
Leading the way of the non-sport items was an Abraham Lincoln war dated autograph document signed as president, pertaining to his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, just weeks before his death. This lot sold for $5,570. Next in line was a Lincoln war-dated autograph endorsement signed as president, “It might be of advantage to the country.” It sold for $5,060.
Other top non-sport items were a Thomas Jefferson document signed as president which sold for $4,175; and a John Jay document signed as president of the Continental Congress, April 3, 1776, which sold for $7,650.