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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

Ruth '38 World's Fair Uniform

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.

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All spread out, it looks like all the stuff your mom would have tossed away years ago after stumbling across it in the back of a closet – right along with your baseball cards. It’s much closer to an exhilarating archeological excavation, a sweet, hilarious and priceless insight into one the greatest sports books of all time that somehow has been preserved in pack-rat Jim Bouton’s storage unit for years.

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It’s not your traditional baseball memorabilia, but in the realm of baseball and baseball literature, it’s a treasure trove. Jim Bouton’s the vast original manuscript archive for his best-selling book Ball Four, is up for auction. The current high bid for Bouton’s notes, tapes and other items that led to the publication of the ground-breaking story is over $73,000.

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Paula Kurman first met her husband, Jim Bouton, in 1977, at a hospital fund-raiser at a Bloomingdale’s in Hackensack, N.J. She thought he was handsome, but she didn’t understand why people wanted his autograph. He said he had once pitched for the Yankees, but for Kurman that wasn’t a good enough reason. She is a doctor, a behavioral scientist, and the more she talked to Bouton, the more she knew there was something else there. She found him witty, maybe even brilliant, and she knew she liked him.

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If you sold rare vintage baseball cards and memorabilia in 2016, your timing was impeccable. While the speculative feeding frenzy for baseball cards has showed signs of abating in recent months, which I will address in future posts, it was a very good year over all.  Two of the items set all-time auction records. The “Laws of Baseball” won top baseball document honors, while the Jumbo Honus Wagner became the world’s most valuable baseball cards.