What you see: A road gray, game-worn New York Yankees jersey that was worn by Babe Ruth. SCP Auctions sold it for $4.4 million in May 2012, setting a record for any item of sports memorabilia at auction.
SCP Auctions’ 2017 Spring Premier online auction begins today and runs through Saturday, June 10, at www.scpauctions.com. Leading the way is “The Original Wagner” T206 card from the massive J. Ross Greene Collection as well as 20 cherished items from the widow of Willie Stargell including the late Hall of Famer’s 1979 National League MVP Award and ’79 World Series ring as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The sale of the 1876 Founding Documents and Original Constitution of Major League Baseball has been delayed due to clarification of title. SCP Auctions apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused and looks forward to resuming the auction of this item as soon as possible. Other top lots include Babe Ruth’s signed Last Will & Testament from Dec. 26, 1933; Michael Jordan’s 1984 Olympic gold-medal-winning game worn and signed Converse Shoes; and a 1968 Nolan Ryan Topps rookie card that’s been graded PSA Mint 9.
‘THE ORIGINAL WAGNER’ T206 CARD – J. ROSS GREENE COLLECTION
SCP Auctions is pleased to announce that it has secured the vast J. Ross Greene Collection of more than 100,000 pre-war and post-war baseball and football cards gathered over more than half a century. In addition to complete runs of Topps and Bowman baseball and football sets, the collection includes hundreds of Hall of Fame stars and key rookie cards to be offered as singles and group lots. Since 1996, Greene has been the proud keeper of “The Original Wagner” T206 card, a singularly important example of the world’s most famous baseball card that got its name because it was the first 1909-11 Honus Wagner card that was referenced and pictured in mainstream media (1930). “The Original Wagner” Estimate: $500,000+.
THE WILLIE STARGELL COLLECTION
Among the items being auctioned as part of the late Hall of Famer’s personal memorabilia collection are Stargell’s 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Champions ring and ‘79 National League MVP Award; his 1988 Hall of Fame Induction ring; two personal player World Series trophies from 1971 and ’79; and his 1962-82 Rawlings Career Bronzed Glove Award. Affectionately called “Pops” by teammates and fans alike, he launched a total of 475 home runs and drove in 1,540 runs during his prolific 21-year MLB career, all with the Pittsburgh Pirates, a testament to his impressive power and fierce loyalty. Estimate: $500,000+
BABE RUTH’S SIGNED LAST WILL & TESTAMENT (DEC. 26, 1933)
When the great Babe Ruth passed away on August 16, 1948 at the age of 53, a national treasure was lost. It is well-documented that the vast majority of Babe’s personal memorabilia was gifted, at Ruth’s consent, to the National Baseball Hall of Fame shortly after his passing. The offered Last Will and Testament is among only a few Ruth mementos ever offered to the public with direct Ruth family provenance. It is accompanied by a LOA from Babe Ruth’s grandson Tom Stevens. Estimate: $125,000
MICHAEL JORDAN’S 1984 OLYMPIC FINALS GAME WORN & DUAL-SIGNED CONVERSE SHOES
SPC Auctions is proud to feature one of the most coveted artifacts from Michael Jordan’s legendary playing career: the actual shoes he wore in the 1984 Olympic Finals against Spain on August 10, 1984, at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. These historic sneakers are the last pair Jordan wore in competition as an amateur and represent perhaps his crowning athletic achievement before turning professional. A 21-year-old, baby-faced Jordan led USA in scoring at 17.1 points per game during the ’84 Games. In USA’s 96-65 victory over Spain to claim gold, Jordan scored a game-high 20 points while sporting these classic Converse sneakers. It was the last time MJ was ever seen wearing a non-Nike pair. Estimate: $75,000+
Bidding is open to registered bidders only at www.scpauctions.com starting today and closing on Sat., June 10. For more information on how to participate and take part in the bidding, please call 949-831-3700 or visit www.scpauctions.com. -Terry Melia
Babe Ruth’s life and career on the diamond has resulted in some interesting pieces of memorabilia. And while jerseys, autographs and bats may be the cornerstones that come to mind, there are some things that fall outside that realm and offer a more personal look at the icon. Babe Ruth’s Last Will and Testament from 1933 is one such item. It’s part of SCP Auctions‘ 2017 Spring Premier Auction, which starts May 24.
He was still a solid player and in the prime of life by today’s standards but after the 1933 baseball season, Babe Ruth decided to get his business affairs in order. At age 38, with a wife and family, he decided to draw up his last will and testament. The document, signed with his full given name 1933 Babe Ruth will testament and dated the day after Christmas, is coming to auction next month. It’s expected to bring a six-figure price.
Now is the time to ink your consignments in SCP Auctions’ upcoming 2017 Spring Premier. No other company will work harder to achieve outstanding results for your single item or collection through the online auction format. Hundreds of coveted items are already in the mix so don’t delay, call SCP Auctions today at 949-831-3700! Overall, the auction will boast more than 1,000 sought-after prized memorabilia and cards and will no doubt be another event that media outlets around the world will be watching. Contact us today to make your dream into a reality and score top dollar for your personal consignment(s). Don’t miss out on this terrific consignment opportunity with generous cash advances readily available!
In its recent 2017 Winter Premier, SCP Auctions engineered a successful, $3.4 million auction with many of its top selling memorabilia lots represented in the photo montage featured above. As expected, the coveted “NEW YORK” flannel uniform that Babe Ruth wore in 1938 to help promote the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair secured the auction’s highest price at $227,854. “The Bambino” really knew how to put on a show! -Terry Melia
A unique “NEW YORK” baseball uniform worn by Babe Ruth to promote the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair has sold at auction for $227,854. SCP Auctions sold the uniform at its 2017 Winter Premier auction, which closed Sunday. The entire auction of 1,021 lots of sports memorabilia, game-worn items and autographs brought in $3.4 million.
The Babe Ruth uniform, sold by SCP Auctions earlier this week, had everything going for it. For starters, Ruth wore it to promote the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair, an epic event attracting 44 million people and participants from dozens of countries worldwide. The custom-made flannel jersey had Ruth’s name saddle-stitched in red in the rear, sweat-stained collar. The consignor was none other than one of his descendants who had loaned it to the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum in Baltimore from 1972 until 1989. This the was the first time it had ever been sold at auction.
SCP Auctions, the Laguna Niguel-based auction house, sold $3.4 million in memorabilia, autographs and game-worn items during an auction that ended Jan. 22. A uniform worn by Babe Ruth to promote the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair fetched nearly $228,000 at the winter auction. One bidder paid more than $142,000 for Tony Gwynn’s 3,000th hit baseball.