New York Yankees Babe Ruth’s earliest known jersey set for auction
Since one George Herman Ruth was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Boston Red Sox on Jan. 5, 1920, and first wore the uniform of his new team two months later, top authenticators are confident the jersey likely was worn by Ruth that season, making it perhaps the most valuable piece of baseball memorabilia ever.
From the article on Yahoo Sports by Steve Henson, Yahoo! Sports Feb 27, 1:40 am EST
The auction is being hosted by SCP Auctions. Full details are available from the company’s press release (PDF Download here). An excerpt:
SCP Auctions, a leader in the field of Important Sports Memorabilia and Cards, will offer one of the most valuable pieces of sports memorabilia ever brought to auction – the earliest known jersey worn by New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth. The c.1920 Yankees road jersey was worn by the Sultan of Swat shortly after he made the transition to the Yankees from the arch-rival Boston Red Sox. Exhibited for years at The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore, Md., the jersey will be put up for auction for the first time as part of SCP Auctions’ spring auction beginning Monday, April 30.
We don’t usually cover auctions for memorabilia other than baseballs, if only because there are hundreds of other sites and bloggers much more knowledgeable on these items. But we’ll be keeping an eye on this one to see if the bidding matches the hype. Most interesting to me, a video posted in the Yahoo article with a look inside the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore:
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