Babe Ruth’s 1927 ‘Murderer’s Row’ bat sells for $388,375



2015-06-26 11:19:23

Babe Ruth’s 1927 ‘Murderer’s Row’ bat sells for $388,375

Heritage Auctions have concluded their Vintage Sports Collectibles sale with exceptional results – headlined by a rare and important Babe Ruth game-used bat.

The auction saw memorabilia from the Bambino sold alongside other baseball greats including Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Adrian ‘Cap’ Anson and Jackie Robinson.

Topping the sale was the only 1927 game-used Babe Ruth bat to remain in private hands, dating from the legendary ‘Muderer’s Row’ season which saw the New York Yankees become a true part of American sporting folklore.

Used extensive during his record-breaking 60 home-run season, the bat was authenticated by leading expert John Taube and sold for a price of $388,375.

Next up was a ball described as the “finest Babe Ruth single signed baseball known”, and the highest-graded in PSA/DNA history. Gifted by Ruth’s widow to the Hollywood publicist William Stoll for his work on the 1948 film ‘The Babe Ruth Story’, the ball was graded Mint+ 9.5 and regarded as the finest the hobby has ever seen. It sold, unsurprisingly, for a record price of $388,375.

Other notable lots from baseball history included the 1912 Boston Red Sox World Series trophy presented to Manager Jake Stahl, which sold for $239,000, and a remarkable 1888 Adrian ‘Cap’ Anson game-used bat – the most well-documented 19th century bat in the hobby – which sold for $179,250.

Away from baseball, the other major star of the sale was boxing legend Muhammad Ali. A stunning 8ft-tall Ali portrait by the celebrated American sporting artist LeRoy Neiman, believed to have been commissioned for display prior to the Ali/Frazier ‘Fight of the Century’ in 1971, sold for $155,350.

Also sold for $155,350 were the pair of Ali’s fight-worn trunks from the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ rematch against Frazier in 1975, ranked as one of the greatest fights of the 20th century.

Other highlights of the sale included the near-set of 1910 E98 baseball cards discovered as part of the incredible ‘Black Swamp Find’. Described as “the most significant trading card find in hobby history”, the set of 27 cards was rated #1 on the PSA Registry and sold for $286,800.

From the same 1910 E98 set, a remarkable PSA Gem MT 10 Honus Wagner card sold on its own for a price of $239,000.


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