From George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt to Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, America has had its share of heroes. No star, however, has shone brighter than “The Babe.” George Herman “Babe” Ruth was the first true hero of baseball, and his mammoth home runs coupled with his gregarious personality captured the country’s attention for good.
“When it comes to sports memorabilia, there is nothing like the Babe,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions, the leading sports auction house. “In every auction, there appears a newly discovered piece of Ruth memorabilia that nobody’s ever seen before. Whether it’s a pocket watch, a bat, a jersey, a hand-written letter or a used game item, collectors have treasured these objects and rarely part with them… but when they do, the sale prices continually amaze us.”
“What’s even more amazing is that there are very few people still alive who saw Babe Ruth play, yet the love of Ruth and the desire for his memorabilia is much stronger than modern day athletes like Michael Jordan, Joe Montana or Willie Mays,” admits Goldin who has sold more than $600 million in sports memorabilia over the past three decades.
Goldin Auctions has joined forces with the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Sports Museum in Baltimore to host the Goldin Auctions Babe Ruth Centennial Auction—the largest-ever auction of Babe Ruth memorabilia—on July 12, 2014, 100 years to the day that Ruth played his first game for the Red Sox.
People can bid in person, online or over the phone. The Live Auction at the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Sports Museum in Baltimore will follow a special preview night and cocktail party at the museum for registered bidders on July 11. Appropriately, the Yankees will be in Baltimore to face the Orioles that weekend.
Goldin has spent the past year traveling the country in search of undiscovered Ruth memorabilia and also meeting with serious collectors to encourage them to consign some of their treasures to this historic event. Some of the more unique Ruth items up for bids are: Babe Ruth’s “first” Yankee Stadium home run baseball hit in 1923 two months before Opening Day during a tour of the Stadium, a 1929 Babe Ruth game used bat (PSA GU-10), a 1919-20 Ruth bat from famed Black Sox player Buck Weaver, a 1919 Babe Ruth sale to NY Yankees promissory note from the Red Sox and many more soon-to-be-announced surprises. For more information, please visit www.goldinauctions.com.