Earliest known Babe Ruth pinstripes, Ty Cobb bat a formidable duo in Grey Flannel’s Dec. 12 auction Grey Flannel's Annual Holiday Auction is always a big event for sports memorabilia collectors. This year's Dec. 12 sale features the earliest known Babe Ruth NY Yankees pinstripes, from 1921.
News-Antique.com - Nov 23,2012 - WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Grey Flannel Auctions’ 2012 Holiday Auction is now under way, with every major sport well represented in dozens of coveted Premier lots.
In all, 704 lots have been selected for the absentee and Internet auction that closes for bidding on Dec. 12, 2012. In addition to game-used apparel and equipment, important autographed equipment and balls; awards, championship jewelry and athletes’ personal ephemera are up for bid.
The auction opens with the headliner: the earliest known Babe Ruth pinstripes from 4/13/1921, that year’s Opening Day for the New York Yankees. Ruth’s game-used home flannel pants are offered together with multiple photomatches of the Bambino wearing them in front of the Yankees dugout. As a historical footnote, the Babe didn’t disappoint the legion of fans that turned out for the 1921 opener. He went 5-for-5 at the plate on that day 91 years ago.
The Babe Ruth pants are a size 42 and as iconic as the stocky slugger who wore them. Richard E. Russek, president of Grey Flannel Auctions, observed: “These pinstripes are a piece of American and baseball history that you can actually touch, and they’re directly linked to one of baseball’s immortals – Babe Ruth.” The lot has a minimum bid of $25,000.
Another memento of baseball’s early days is a 1916-18 Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers game-used bat, accompanied by a letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA that grades it GU9.5. The remnants of tobacco juice as well as numerous cleat marks can be found on this baseball treasure from the swashbuckling Georgia Peach. Displaying excellent game use, the historic bat will open at $10,000.
This sale is packed with other tremendous game-used baseball artifacts, led by a 1966 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles game-used home flannel jersey from his MVP and Championship season, a 1972 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants game-used road flannel uniform that is likely the last flannel the “Say Hey Kid” ever wore, and three incredible game-used jerseys from the Cincinnati Reds “Big Red Machine” era. These home jerseys worn by Johnny Bench, Pete Rose and Tony Perez are in all-original, pristine condition.
A unique and one of a kind piece of sports history is offered – Orel Hershiser’s Los Angeles Dodgers 59 scoreless innings streak game-used baseball from his magical 1988 season. This is the very baseball that “Bulldog” walked off the mound with to end his historic streak, which still stands nearly a quarter-century later. The ball comes directly from Hershiser with his signed letter of authenticity. It is entered in the auction with a minimum bid of $25,000.
Autographed items include a 9/25/1930 New York Yankees bonus check for $833.33 endorsed by "Henry Louis Gehrig" and also signed by longtime team owner Jacob Ruppert; and an exceptional Babe Ruth single-signed baseball with PSA/DNA graded-10 autograph.
Basketball highlights include Hall of Famer Robert Parish’s 1986 Celtics Championship ring with a letter of authenticity from Parish, a circa-1966 Jerry Lucas Cincinnati Royals game-used home jersey as well as a 1974-75 Nate “Tiny” Archibald