An online auction of more than 2,800 sportscards and memorabilia running until Oct. 29 includes quite a few gems, including a handful of baseball pieces expected to sell for over $100,000.
The Robert Edward Auctions online auction launched on Oct. 6 and runs until Oct. 29, expected to fetch upward of $10 million total.
The top baseball piece garnering attention is the 1916 Babe Ruth Rookie Card, expected to sell for over $700,000. But that isn’t the only Ruth piece turning heads. A 1931 Ruth-autographed New York Yankees game-used bat is expected to fetch between $125,000 and $175,000.
The Ruth bat was personalized to Matty Martin, a doorman at the prestigious New York City Stork Club, which hosted celebrities from the 1920s through 1940s. The site is famous for Ernest Hemingway cashing his $100,000 check there for the movie rights to “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” the Hope Diamond being lost temporarily after slipping off the finger of a well-known socialite and the news of Grace Kelly’s engagement to Prince Rainier of Monaco breaking while the two celebrated at the club.
Not only is the bat signed by Ruth to Martin, but it was also a game-used Ruth bat, a rare combination for Ruth collectors, him signing a game-used piece. This bat was used in a season during which Ruth dominated baseball and led the league in home runs. The piece has earned a nine out of 10 evaluation rating for memorabilia bats, showing game use without having been cracked or damaged.
The auction also includes a contract signed by Babe and Claire Ruth for “The Babe Ruth Story” movie.
Not to be too Ruth-centric, the auction also features a 1953 Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers game-used bat expected to sell for $100,000 and a 1958 Mickey Mantle New York Yankees signed game-used road jersey, likely to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000.
Those who are already registered on the site can login to bid on items, but others interested can complete a form to register for the auction.
Tim Newcomb covers gear and business for Baseball America. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.