Ruth Collection To Be Offered At Yankee Stadium Auction June 15

Hunt Auctions is honored to announce a highly significant offering of historic baseball artifacts and personal materials from the collection of New York Yankees’ legend Babe Ruth. The collection has largely remained unknown to the general public and includes hundreds of pieces relating to the life and career of the most iconic player in the history of the game.

Babe Ruth ascended to the highest pinnacle in the sport of baseball from humble beginnings as a troubled young boy who entered St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys at the age of 7. Ruth quickly became noticed as an outstanding young player under the guidance of Brother Mathias Boutlier and was signed by Baltimore Orioles owner, Jack Dunn, in 1914. After brief Minor League stints with Baltimore and Providence clubs, Babe Ruth began his Major League Baseball career with the Boston Red Sox.   Ruth would go on to play for 22 years primarily with the Red Sox and famously the New York Yankees after a sale to the team in 1920. His acumen as a dominant pitcher and penchant to hit tape measure home runs quite literally changed the manner in which the game was played.  Babe would end his career in 1935 with statistics and a resume that had not previously been seen in the game of baseball: 714 Home Runs, .342 batting average, 2,213 Runs Batted In, Seven Time World Champion, 12 Time AL Home Run leader, and election into the inaugural class of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

While the career accomplishments of Babe Ruth on the field rank at the highest level of achievement, it was his general popularity and larger-than-life character that cemented his legacy as a seminal figure in the history of American popular culture.  Ruth lived his life just as he played it on the field, with a charisma not seen before—or since—in American sports. Babe became the most popular figure in the country during the roaring 1920s era inclusive of numerous off the field business endorsements. Through all of Ruth’s popularity, he never forgot his humble beginnings and consistently devoted time to charitable causes—particularly those relating to the needs of children. It is due in no small part to the beloved icon’s status, honored by generations of fans, that he remains the most popular athlete in American history.

“The legacy and significance of Babe Ruth to the game of baseball and American popular culture is unmatched by any other figure in the history of this country,” remarked David Hunt, President Hunt Auctions. “We are completely humbled for this opportunity afforded to our company by the Ruth family to present this previously unknown archive of materials to Babe’s adoring fans. The importance of this offering cannot be overstated to which we fully expect record pricing levels in numerous categories.”

My grandfather, Babe Ruth, remains a guiding force in my life today,” said Linda Ruth Tosetti, Granddaughter of Babe Ruth. “The way he lived his life and its effect on others continues to amaze me every day. For many years, we have cherished the items within his personal collection and have been blessed to represent his legacy through our many family endeavors. The decision to share items from his personal collection was made with careful consideration and the intent to further his legacy within a new generation of baseball fans. Babe’s collection has remained largely unknown to the general public and we felt it was time to bring these amazing pieces of his life to light. There could be no other place to showcase these items than Yankee Stadium and we are also thrilled to be able to benefit related charitable entities through the sale of these items.”

“This special auction will provide the opportunity to share some of the Ruth family memorabilia that has remained in our possession since the Babe’s passing in 1948,” said Tom Stevens, the Babe’s grandson.  “None of these items have been previously offered to the collecting public. The Babe lived a life that was meaningful to millions of fans for many diverse reasons.  Perhaps one of the most important was that he offered hope and inspiration during the depths of the depression, because despite his humble beginnings, Babe Ruth grew up to become the very embodiment of the American Dream.  And make no mistake, he is still as relevant today as ever.  This offering of items provides glimpses of that life, in and out of baseball.  I sincerely hope that they bring great pleasure to the winning bidders as they did my family, while generating some income for some very worthwhile charities.”

Highlight Items from the Ruth Collection will include:

  • Babe Ruth Professional Model cleats
  • Babe Ruth 60th Home Run Autographed display piece
  • Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan Champion Batsman presentational trophy
  • Lou Gehrig signed and inscribed photograph to Babe Ruth
  • Babe Ruth’s 1930-31 New York Yankees “Better year than President” player contract
  • Babe Ruth 1935 Boston Braves autographed contract agreement
  • Babe Ruth personal check ledger with related signed documents
  • Babe Ruth single signed baseballs and autographed photographs
  • Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan presentational pass
  • Babe Ruth personal photographic albums including autographed exemplars
  • Babe Ruth 12 Point Deer Trophy Mount with photographic provenance

The live auction will take place at Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2019 with a number of additional special advance preview events in planning.  Fittingly for an auction celebrating the life and legacy of Babe Ruth, a portion of the proceeds will benefit several related charities.

Heritage Auctions Posts Early Yankees Ruth Bat

Heritage Auctions has posted a rare game used Babe Ruth bat in its latest baseball auction, dating back to his first three years with the club, according to HA’s info. This would be one that he used in smashing his own record with 59 in 1921, eclipsing the 54 he hit a year earlier and 29 in 1919, his last year as a Red Sox.

Measuring 36 inches and weighing in at 44.6 ounces, the bat claims a reserve set for $360,000, with HA estimating its value at $600,000.

From the HA description of the lot, regarding its provenance:

The remnants of an ancient adhesive label on the left barrel speaks to the fascinating history of this relic as part of an early 1940’s Polo Grounds display of game used bats and uniforms from superstar players who had seen action at the storied upper Manhattan ballpark. These important mementos were sold at the end of the summer to raise money for charity, and this Ruth bat was sold to Taube by the man whose employer had purchased the bat from that Polo Grounds sale and gifted it to him when he was a teenager.

Topps Signs Ohtani To Card-Autograph Deal

Baseball fans looking to collect the rookie cards of Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani won’t have to wait long. The Topps Company, the exclusive trading card partner of Major League Baseball, is proud to announce it has signed Ohtani to a trading card and long-term autograph deal for the upcoming MLB season.

His first pack-pulled trading card will appear in late spring, just in time for Ohtani to join the Los Angeles Angels in Spring Training. His cards will be featured in Topps® products throughout the year, including cards that will be autographed by the 23-year-old star.

“Getting a deal with Shohei Ohtani was a priority for us because we want the best for our Topps fans,” said David Leiner, Topps Global General Manager, Sports & Entertainment. “Ohtani is a dynamic two-way player who has gained a lot of attention because of his incredible talent. We are thrilled to offer his trading cards and autographed cards to baseball fans.”

Ohtani was a much sought after player from Japan. While he is known for his pitching – he had 624 strikeouts in 543 career innings in the Japan Pacific League – he is also quite the hitter, which made him a hot commodity this offseason. Over the last two seasons in the JPPL, Ohtani hit .322 with 30 home runs and 98 RBI in 169 games.

Ohtani will have some of the most highly coveted baseball cards and collectibles on the market in 2018, and Topps is the only place where baseball enthusiasts will be able to get his officially licensed MLB trading cards.

“He’s an incredible talent that transcends baseball and we’re exciting for him to join a long list of great baseball players who have Topps rookie cards,” Leiner added.

Follow Topps on Twitter (@topps), Instagram (@topps) and Facebook (@topps) for the latest updates and see the first images of Ohtani’s rookie cards.

Gleyber Torres signs with Topps Authentics

The Topps Company has added top, young prospect Gleyber Torres to its Topps Authentics lineup. The New York Yankees top prospect has signed an exclusive deal for autographed memorabilia with Topps Authentics.

Fans can learn more and order pieces by clicking here.

Topps Authentics, the memorabilia arm of The Topps Company, will offer signed baseballs and bats by Torres, who is rated in the top three of all MLB prospects, on Topps.com.

“I’m happy to be part of this big family,” said Torres, who has appeared on Topps’ Bowman line of baseball cards. “I’m happy to be here and everything Topps has done for me.”

Look for Torres’ signed memorabilia on Topps.com.

Topps Authentics is also the exclusive home for signed memorabilia for MLB standouts Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Luis Severino, prospect Mickey Moniak and more.

A Tour Of History With ‘Hawk’ and Christie’s

LaTroy Hawkins (l) and Simeon Lipman

LaTroy Hawkins (l) and Simeon Lipman

In his home, above a second-floor pool table, 21-year Major League pitcher LaTroy Hawkins has a mural featuring Negro League stars, including Josh Gibson, Hilton Smith and others. Among the players most cognizant of baseball history, Hawkins met up this week with Simeon Lipman, pop culture consultant for Christie’s (and you may know him as the sports/pop culture expert on “Antiques Roadshow”) to review some highlights of The Golden Age Of Baseball, Selections From The National Pastime Museum, which the famed international auction house will be conducting Oct. 19-20 at its 20 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters.

Hawkins shared the story of the Hall of Famers who look over him in his gaming room, and one about how his trips to Kansas City during his career, which concluded with his retirement following the 2015 season, included side stops at the Negro League Hall of Fame with young players in tow. Even someone as in tune with baseball history as Hawkins, who will serve as coach for the Brazil team in next weekend’s World Baseball Classic qualifier in Brooklyn, was taken aback at the breadth and depth of the pieces Lipman displayed.

Among those were a Jackie Robinson signed ball, in about as good a condition as any available, along with bats, balls, photos, contracts and other ephemera from stars spanning more than a century. Hawkins took a few practice swings with Shoeless Joe Jackson‘s bat, one of only two game-used Black Betsys known to exist, leafed through Sol Adams‘ History of Colored Baseball (1907) and pored over 20 or so choice photos while Lipman dutifully provided historical narrative on many.

Comprised of a remarkable assemblage of game-used bats, letters, contracts, memorabilia and a treasury of vintage baseball photography, Part I of the sale is devoted to memorabilia and Part II is devoted to photography. With 485 lots in total, estimates start at $300-500 for photographs and memorabilia, while the top lot of the auction is the Jackson bat, estimated at $500,000-700,000. The contents of the auction are from the National Pastime Museum, which is an online museum based on a private collection of baseball artifacts.

The public exhibition of the full collection will be open to New York area fans at Christies, Oct. 13-19.

N.Y. Items Stand Out In Christie’s Baseball Auction

1912 Giants BallThe New York Gotham’s National League membership application. A Lou Gehrig game-used bat. Sandy Koufax‘s rookie card. Joe DiMaggio‘s Yankees contract.

Those are just four of the dozens of items with New York ties in The Golden Age of Baseball, Selections from the National Pastime Museum, a two-day auction on October 19-20 at Christie’s New York.

It’s the largest collection of baseball items to appear at an international auction house in more than 15 years, and with 485 lots that include game-used bats, letters, contracts, memorabilia and a treasury of vintage baseball photography, it’s a trove of goodies that any baseball fan will love to peruse.

Luckily for New York fans, in addition to the auction, the full collection can be viewed at Christie’s (20 Rockefeller Plaza) from October 13-19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (except Oct. 16, when the hours are 1-5 p.m.

Some other notable New York pieces include:

  • An 1887 N172 Old Judge baseball card of Hall of Famer John Montgomery Ward
  • Original black & white print from the 1894 Temple Cup between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Giants
  • Game-used bats and/or signed balls and photos by Frank “Home Run” Baker, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Fred Merkle, Zach Wheat, Frankie Frisch, Derek Jeter and many others
  • Nolan Ryan/Jerry Koosman rookie card

Estimates start at $300-500 for photographs and memorabilia, while the top lot of the auction is a “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Professional Model Bat, estimated at $500,000-700,000. The contents of the auction are from the National Pastime Museum, which is an online museum based on a private collection of baseball artifacts.

The collection is notable for some of the greatest artifacts extant relating to the Negro Leagues and its most celebrated stars such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Oscar Charleston. Another feature of the collection is the significant amount of items and photographs detailing the history of Cuban baseball, including Cuban Cigarrillos cards and items signed by Martin Dihigo.

Steiner Sports To Launch ‘In Their Own Words’ Hand-Written Collection

MARIANO_IN_MY_OWN_WORDSSteiner Sports Founder Brandon Steiner, who has been the innovator of a myriad of memorabilia projects including the original Yankee Stadium collection, team partnerships, game-used collectibles and the sale of stadium dirt, will announce yet another “game-changer,” according to the memorabilia industry leader. On Tuesday, December 9, at Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C.  in Grand Central Terminal from 10:00 AM to 12 NOON, the “In Their Own Words” Collection will be unveiled, featuring personally, hand-written inscriptions of the most memorable moments in sports history as described by the athletes who made them famous.

Prominent athletes, whose special moments are indelibly etched in the minds’ eye of all sports fans, who will attend the product-launch press conference include:  Magic Johnson, Dennis Rodman, Dereck Whittenburg, Mookie Wilson, Bill Buckner, David Tyree, Mike Eruzione, Doug Williams, Brian Leetch, Larry Johnson, C.C. Sabathia, Joe Klecko, and Marty Lyons, with many more to be added.

“Collecting is all about having a piece to recall your fondest memories,” says Steiner. “’In Their Own Words ‘will change the business. It used to be about the moment, now it’s about the entire story. The players will describe in their own words how they felt at that magical moment.”

“In Their Own Words” collectibles will go on sale immediately following the press conference at 12:00 noon on December 9, in time for the holiday shopping season. Amazon.com and Steinersports.com will be the main distributors, visit Amazon.com/fanshop and SteinerSports.com.  ‎

Among sports greatest players and coaches who will share their moments “In Their Own Words” will include: Mariano Rivera, Victor Cruz, Frank Robinson, Jim Craig, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, Dennis Rodman, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Marty Lyons, Jim Boeheim, Bob Knight, Adam Graves, Mike Richter, David Cone, Bernie Williams, Nancy Lieberman, Ron Swoboda, Doc Gooden, Mookie Wilson, Mike Bossy, Rudy Rueitteger, Lou Holtz, Stéphane Matteau, “Goose” Gossage, Don Larsen, Eddie Giacomin, Cecil Fielder, Jim Leyritz, Brandi Chastain, Bill Parcells, Lou Piniella, John Wetteland, Mike Torrez, Steve Garvey, Joe Pepitone, Lenny Dykstra, Paul Pierce, Glen Anderson, Dale Murphy, Jesse Orosco, Larry Johnson, David Cone, Andy Pettitte, John Starks,  Joe Montana, Chris Chambliss, Harry Carson, Brian Leetch, Jonny Gomes, Rickey Henderson, Mark Bavaro, Paul O’Neill, C.C. Sabathia, Mel Stottlemyre, Mark Teixeira, Bobby Nystrom, Bucky Dent, Bobby Cox, Nolan Ryan, Dereck Whittenburg, Billie Jean King, Ricky Williams, Tommy Lasorda, Elvin Hayes, Ron Guidry, Doug Flutie, Ozzie Smith, Mike Tyson, Aaron Boone, Mark Messier, Roy Jones Jr., Patrick Ewing, Joe Torre, David Wells, Johnny Damon, Doug Williams, Sparky Lyle, Franco Harris, Ron Turcotte, Joe Morgan, Matt Snell, Martin Brodeur, Dwight Clark, Mia Hamm, Mike Eruzione, Joe Pisarcik, Bernard King, Mickey Ward, Spud Webb, Robert Horry, Eli Manning, and Magic Johnson.

 

Mets Police: The 2014 Queens Baseball Convention

Shannon Shark and the guys over at MetsPolice.com have announced that and Darren Meehan and his team at The7Line.com they are going to hold a “Queens Baseball Convention” in 2014.

I think this is an awesome idea, and one I hope to assist them with:

WHAT IS THE 2014 QUEENS BASEBALL CONVENTION?

Imagine your favorite parts of a Fan Fest, Comic Con, a baseball card show and a carnival all rolled into one.

We hope to have a mix of fun, games, appearances, memorabilia, merchandise, panels, batting cages, baseball cards, food, trivia, maybe even mascots. Our goal is to make it an enjoyable day for fans, and one to which you can bring the kids and bring the wife.

We’re hoping the name says it all. A convention of baseball fans in Queens.

Gotham Baseball Working With Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation

The Ripkens have long been considered one of the first families of baseball.  In many ways, that family keeps growing and growing.  The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation continues to reach out and embrace children and teens throughout the country in an effort to spread the legacy and message of one of the game’s great leaders.

Led by sons Cal Jr. and Billy, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation strives not only to promote the game of baseball to America’s youth but foster a spirit of pride, character, discipline and fun.  The Foundation benefits thousands of kids by encouraging healthy life choices and positive decision-making while reinforcing the fundamentals of the game through the famed ‘Ripken Way.’  In addition, The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation spearheads multiple enrichment programs such as “Healthy Choices, Healthy Children”, “Badges For Baseball”, and “Swing For The Future”.

Once again, Gotham Baseball Live is pleased to promote the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Online Auction.  Fans will have an opportunity to bid on an incredible assortment of game-used and autographed memorabilia and equipment from the vast collection of the Ripken family. For more information, please go to www. http://www.ripkenfoundation.org/.

Anthony Federico covers all levels of the game for Baseball Digest and Gotham Baseball. He is the author of “Must Be Nice” – a novel about the glory of beer-league softball. Check out www.mustbenicebook.com for more info or follow him on Twitter @AntFeds