September 29, 2017
Ask anyone, even a casual observer or non-baseball fan, to name an old-time baseball player and you can almost predict the names you'll hear most often. Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, maybe Ty Cobb. Atop that list, however, we would argue would almost certainly be Babe Ruth. The Sultan of Swat. The Great Bambino. Nearly seven decades after his death, and 80-90 years after his greatest feats on the baseball diamond, Ruth's name lives on as one of the greatest and most popular figures ever to play the game of baseball. Certainly the fact that he played in New York, one of the greatest cities in the world, gave him a leg up in the publicity department, but his heroics at the plate would've made him a star anywhere he played.
It should come as no surprise then that Babe Ruth takes center stage in REA's Fall Auction, opening October 6. With more than 2,800 lots featured throughout the catalog, Ruth has something to do with scores of them. Among the featured items within the auction, Ruth emerges as what he was always was while playing the game: the undisputed leader.
A stunning 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth rookie card graded PSA 7 kicks things off with a starting bid of $100,000. Ruth cards of all varieties have climbed to staggering heights, but the rookie cards continue to be the focus of many high-end collectors seeking the best of the best. Keeping with the Ruth theme, all four 1933 Goudey cards of the Bambino are available for consideration in PSA 8 grade, and a signed example of #181, authenticated by PSA/DNA, is in there for good measure. A newly-discovered example of the 1915 Boston Red Sox team postcard featuring a young Ruth in the center is also available for the first time ever along with a Stag Sweaters advertisement from the next year featuring the same image. One piece with a tremendous story, is a game-used bat dating to 1931 and signed by the famous slugger before he presented it to a friend of his, the doorman at a famous New York City lounge. Also included is an extremely desirable signed contract, executed in perfect GEM MINT 10 signatures by Babe and Claire Ruth, for The Babe Ruth Story movie. There's also a fascinating and monstrous 1930s folk art painting of Ruth at bat in a game-in-progress scene viewed from several different angles. One thing's certain--Ruth is admiring one of his home runs sail over the outfield wall! An array of Ruth signed items, including several baseballs; tickets and programs, including one from his famous "Called Shot;" and Type 1 photographs, including a superb rookie-year composite and the first recorded image of Ruth wearing number 3, round out the offerings.
Ruth cards continue to lead the hobby to new heights, whether it's his rookies, early caramels, classic Goudeys, or even more obscure cards to feature his image. We are pleased to present a newly-discovered advertising postcard that becomes only the second-known example! In addition to the PSA 7 Sporting News card, we have a great looking PSA 4 for the collector not looking to spend the $500,000+ to land the Near Mint example. A newly-discovered Ruth Honey Boy card, straight out of Canada, is featured, as are several 1930s classics, including Goudeys in all conditions and a stunning U.S. Caramel. A very rare Collins-McCarthy Ruth should be exciting to watch as will a rare, numerically-graded strip card from 1921. Numerous Exhibits, strip cards, and a rarely seen PM6 baseball pin fill out the card section.
Bidding opens Friday, October 6 at www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com. For more information or to register to bid or receive a free catalog, be sure to visit our website!