Babe Ruth signed ball scores hit in auction

A Babe Ruth single-signed baseball was the top seller at the Auctions Sports & Americana Auction No. 3.

The auction, which closed on Dec. 3, 2009, saw 655 lots sold for a total of $260,451, including the buyer’s premium.

"We are extremely pleased with the results of our Dec. 3 Sports & Americana Auction #3," said Steven Bloedow, director of auctions. "Once again, we saw more registered bidders, a higher amount of bidding activity and higher prices realized. Watching our company grow in the past year has been a real treat."

The Ruth baseball, which drew 15 bids over the course of the sale, sold for $8,775 — nearly three times its minimum bid of $3,000.

"Dated to 1927 with a great signature, it was a no-brainer as to why it was one of the top items," Bloedow said. "Another strong category in the sale were card lots that consisted of examples across a range of years. Those baseball hoards really jumped up."

For instance, a 1960-1975 Topps Baseball Hoard consisting of more than 3,200 cards brought $2,223 with the buyer’s premium. A similar lot of more than 2,300 Topps baseball cards from 1960-69 sold for $1,872. A 1965 Topps Baseball hoard consisting of more than 700 cards with a Mickey Mantle PSA 4 brought $1,521.

Other top sports-related lots included a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth No. 144 that sold for $1,989; Ron Lewis’ original painting “The Kings,” which sold for $2,925; and a 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams SCDA 3 sold for $2,457.

Several lots on the boxing front were popular as well. A Muhammad Ali 17-piece signatures lot featuring posters and magazine photos sold for $1,175.85, and a massive autographed boxing collection loaded with signatures of legends and hall of famers brought $2,340.

Another great item was the 1956 World Series Game 5 Ticket Stub (Yankees vs. Dodgers). Some might remember that game as the one where Don Larsen pitched the World Series’ only perfect game. The stub sold for $1,053.

While sports offerings dominated this sale, as they have in past Auctions events, the auction house branched out to include other categories, too.

"We got a nice assortment of presidential and historical signed documents in this auction, and we hope that becomes a growing category in our auctions," Bloedow said.

A John F. Kennedy baseball-related photo lot with presidential cufflinks display and a Theodore Roosevelt 26th president signed engraving each sold for $702, including the buyer’s premium, while an 1814 land grant signed by President James Madison sold for $585. A 1950s movie star 24-postcard set brought in $819, including the buyer’s premium, while autographed photographs of Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger sold for sold for $251.55 and $175.50 respectively. Auctions will conduct an online-only Sports and Americana auction that opens Jan. 11, 2010 and ends Jan. 28, 2010. The next Sports and Americana catalog auction will take place March 22-April 8, 2010, with a consignment deadline of Feb. 13, 2010.

"For our next catalog auction, we are again looking for quality sports and Americana items. If you have something you’d like to consign, give us a call to discuss the items in question," Bloedow said. Consignors can call 888-463-3063.

Sliwicki is editor of, a Web site that focuses on collectors and the pieces they love to buy, sell and own. She can be reached at


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