The world of sports memorabilia is about to witness an extraordinary event as Memory Lane Inc. hosts its Winter Rarities Auction, a spectacle that showcases over 1,950 lots of sports cards and memorabilia. But what truly takes center stage in this highly anticipated auction are the rare collectibles of baseball legend Babe Ruth. Opening on December 21st, this auction offers collectors a unique opportunity to own a piece of baseball history.
Babe Ruth, known for his larger-than-life persona both on and off the field, continues to enchant fans and collectors more than 70 years after his passing. His legacy, firmly cemented in the annals of baseball history, comes alive in this auction, where some of his most coveted memorabilia is up for bids.
One standout item in the auction is an authenticated and graded circa 1915 Ruth rookie-era postcard, one of only two known examples. This unique image, captured at the Boston Red Sox Spring Training camp in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is developed on period photo paper from the original glass negative. The rarity of this real photo postcard is reflected in its starting bid of $50,000.
Another exceptional piece is a promotional card for the 1920 movie “Headin’ Home,” starring Ruth. This card, one of only three known to exist, features a promotion for the movie at Chicago’s Frolic Theater on its reverse. Graded PSA 2, it carries a minimum bid of $15,000.
The auction also includes a 1920 Ruth card promoting a barnstorming tour headlined by Ruth after the season. This card, also scarce with only three known examples, shows Ruth in mid-swing, heading toward first base. It’s graded PSA 1.5.
Ruth’s presence in the auction extends beyond these unique cards. Several high-grade 1930s Goudey cards featuring Ruth and other baseball greats like Jimmie Foxx, Carl Hubbell, Dizzy Dean, Lou Gehrig, and Nat Holman are also available. Some of these cards are the highest PSA grades known to exist.
But Memory Lane Inc. doesn’t just focus on Ruth; the auction also features a 1911 Turkey Red set break, including 10 cards ranked among the highest ever graded by PSA. This set includes legendary names like Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Cy Young, and Nap Lajoie.
Additionally, the 12th-ranked set of 1952 Bowman Baseball is up for grabs, with individual cards of Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Minnie Minoso’s rookie card, all in top condition. A high-grade 1953 Topps set break includes PSA 9 copies of Yogi Berra, Billy Martin, and Phil Rizzuto, along with PSA 6 examples of Mantle and Mays.
Autograph collectors will be delighted to find eight Mickey Mantle autographed cards in the auction, five of which have autographs graded PSA 10. These cards span years from 1953 to 1958, covering different phases of Mantle’s illustrious career.
The auction isn’t limited to cards. It also features vintage unopened packs and boxes, including 1978 and 1979 Topps Baseball vending cases, offering a glimpse into the past of baseball card collecting.
However, it is Babe Ruth’s memorabilia that truly stands out in this auction, featuring a range of autographed items. A notable highlight is a dual-signed check from July 1945, made out to his wife Claire, along with a note explaining its significance. Other notable items include a signed 1923 $1 silver certificate, an album page signed by Ruth and Jimmie Foxx, and two autographed golf scorecards.
The Winter Rarities Auction at Memory Lane Inc. offers an unparalleled opportunity for collectors and fans alike to own a part of Babe Ruth’s storied legacy. From rare cards and autographs to unique memorabilia, the auction presents pieces that not only hold immense historical value but also embody the spirit of one of baseball’s greatest icons. As the auction opens and runs through January 13th, it promises to be a memorable event for the world of sports memorabilia. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of baseball history.
In summary, the Winter Rarities Auction at Memory Lane Inc. is a must-attend event for collectors, featuring over 1,950 lots of sports memorabilia, with a special focus on rare Babe Ruth collectibles, including cards, photos, and autographs. Whether you’re a passionate collector or a fan of the game, this auction presents a unique opportunity to own a piece of baseball history and be part of the legacy of one of the sport’s greatest icons.