Robert Edward Auctions is always thrilled to be able to present incredible autographed material and exceptional memorabilia pieces, and this auction promises to deliver both in big ways. Scores of autographed items are available, including the normal array of Babe Ruth items, ranging from single-signed baseballs to photos to checks. A stunning 1934 Tour of Japan photo signed by Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx is one of the auction’s featured items. Ruth’s signature also graces one of the other marquee autograph items in this auction, a beautiful 1939 Hall of Fame first day cover signed by the eleven living members present for the Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction ceremony, including Cobb, Wagner, Young, Lajoie, Johnson, and Speaker. Thousands of signed trading cards spanning from 1909 to the 1970s, including an impressive collection of 1933 Goudeys, are available for autographed set collectors. Numerous Hall of Famer signed baseballs, including an exceptional Josh Gibson—one of the finest known to exist—will delight collectors.
Other memorabilia highlights include a variety of display, advertising, and figural pieces that give this auction an unparalleled breadth. Items from the nineteenth century to the present dot the pages of the catalog, offering a variety of impressive items that have never been offered publicly. Imperial photographs from the earliest days of professional baseball, vintage equipment, tickets and programs, as well as relics from championships, including a 1975 World Series trophy, give collectors a lot to choose from. There is a superb selection of advertising material, ranging from a Boston Garter display ad (a unique piece featuring Christy Mathewson and Ed Walsh) to a brilliant ad for Mathewson’s own book to rarely-seen Topps trading card display pieces. An impressive selection of original photographs, including a newly-discovered “Babe Bows Out” by Nat Fein, are sure to be hotly contested by collectors who appreciate the wonderful imagery of some of baseball’s greatest photographers.