Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle Featured on
Legendary Signed Baseball
An elite cast of characters, stunning condition and remarkable
provenance conspire to create one of the most desirable autographed
baseballs ever to get its turn on the Heritage auction block.
Currently offered in our October
, the "Reach
Official League" ball
enjoyed its first brush with greatness on
May 18, 1929, as its original owner Jack Thorp, who was ten years
old when he attended his first Major League game with his father at
Yankee Stadium, presented Babe Ruth with a cheap dime store ball
for signing and then the Babe traded him for a better one, signing
the sweet spot and then passing the ball and pen to Lou Gehrig.
Thorp didn't see the ball again for many years, until it turned up
in his father's belongings after his passing. Now living in Texas,
Thorp got the idea to add the Rangers' manager to the ball, and
made the roster of signers a trio four decades after that day in
the Bronx with the addition of Ted Williams in 1969.
The next target, shortly thereafter, was a recently retired
superstar slugger who made Texas his home after hanging up his
spikes, Mickey Mantle. Thorp tracked him down at the Country
Cookin' headquarters and snapped a photo of the Mick as he signed
the ball. That photo is included in the lot, dated May 1969 on
Hank Aaron's assumption of Babe Ruth's career home run record in
1974 inspired Thorp to seek him out next, and so he and his
grandson made a pilgrimage to the Astrodome on April 19, 1974 for a
visit by the Atlanta Braves. And now there were five.
Later that year, an Old Timers Game at the Arlington Stadium
brought the great Joe DiMaggio into striking distance. On July 6,
1974, Thorp left the ballpark with six autographs in total.
And, finally, in February of 1992, the baseball claimed its
seventh and final autograph at a public signing for Stan Musial.
Thorp snapped a photo of The Man as he held the ball in his hand,
and that photo is included in the lot.
An absolutely amazing treasure, it's the first we've ever seen
with the impressive combination. Bidding is already underway, and
it carries the conservative estimate of $20,000+. Click
here to view the listing.
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Highlight Video of the
October 25 - 27 Vintage Sports Collectibles Auction
the video here.
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Schedule a Meeting with a Heritage Representative
With the distribution of Heritage Auctions' October Signature
Sports Auction catalogs right around the corner, potential
consignors to our February
Platinum Night Auction and Spring
Signature Auction will have several chances during the fall
season to meet with one of our sports consignment directors in
Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto.
Our sports collectibles experts will be on hand in Toronto from
November 9th - 11th, Chicago from November 18th - 20th, and
Philadelphia from December 7th - 9th to visit with potential
consignors of fine sports memorabilia and trading cards.
Click here to schedule your appraisal appointment with
Collectors with quality sports cards and memorabilia in the New
York metropolitan area can visit (or schedule an appointment) with
Heritage representative Lee Iskowitz, who will be in our Manhattan
office: 445 Park Ave. on November 1, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. For
more information, please contact Lee at LeeI@HA.com or his direct line at (214)
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Sunday Internet Auction Highlights
HA.com/Sports is the
place to be every Sunday night for collectors of fine sports
memorabilia and trading cards.
Over 100 lots will close to initial bidding at 10 PM CT. On a
lot-by-lot basis, starting at 10:00 PM CT, any person who has bid
on the lot previously may continue to bid on that lot until there
are no more bids for 30 minutes. For example, if you bid on a lot
during Normal Bidding, you could participate during Extended
Bidding for that lot, but not on lots you did not bid on
previously. If a bid was placed at 10:15, the new end time for that
lot would become 10:45. If no other bids were placed before 10:45,
the lot would close. If you are the high bidder on a lot, changing
your bid will not extend the bidding during the 30 Minute Ending
phase (only a bid from another bidder will extend bidding).
No other major sports memorabilia auction house provides its
clientele this much bidding excitement. It's just another reason
why Heritage is the World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer.
Call or email today to discuss consigning your fine sport
collectibles and trading cards to an upcoming Heritage auction.
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