The Price of History, Vol. III


We like to keep an eye on the periodic auctions of memorabilia from our national pastime; we’re not collectors, mind you—though we still prize our baseball cards—but know that some of the more interesting items from the game’s history crop up at these events. As for the mercenary aspects of this trade, we’ll let you be the judge. With that, we present a few of the more interesting objects up for grabs on a current on-line sale at Robert Edward Auctions (with their estimated sales prices).

-1910 Cy Young cigar box: $5-$10K
-1914 Babe Ruth Rookie Card (as an Oriole): $40-$60K [above]
-Pair of seats from the House He Built: $2-$3K
-1928 contract to renovate said House: $500-$1K
-1916 Red Sox-as-champs team photo (he’s in there, too): $1-$1.5K
-Bat used by Ted Williams to hit .406: $10-$20K
-1939 Walter Johnson signed check (for $44.80): $800-$1.5K
-Autographed photo of Eddie Gaedel (the only one): $1-$2K
-Darryl Strawberry’s 1986 World Series trophy: $2-$4K

Can’t find anything here to suit your interests? Sotheby’s has a sports auction of its own coming up on June 10. To be included: the contract that sold Babe to the Yankees. We’ll take it!

4 comments… add one
  • I’m guessing the Gaedel photo is wallet-sized?

    SF April 28, 2005, 10:03 am
  • UPDATE: Babe Rookie card bidding now at $100K.

    YF April 28, 2005, 1:31 pm
  • DS had his own WS trophy?

    Jocelyn April 28, 2005, 9:09 pm
  • And the gavel price of the rookie Ruth: $243,600,00.

    YF May 5, 2005, 11:24 pm

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