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Babe Ruth Barnstorming Cap Slated for Heritage's August Platinum Night Auction

1927-28 Babe Ruth Game Worn Bustin' Babes Barnstorming Cap
With the annual National Sports Collector's Convention right around the corner, that also means Heritage Auctions is currently getting ready for our most anticipated auction of the year. Suitably titled "Platinum Night," which is reserved for only the best of the best, the auction will be held August 1 at Rosemont, Illinois' Muvico Theatre, and it will feature approximately 100 high caliber pieces from all areas of the sports card and memorabilia hobby. Just one of the highlighted lots to be offered in our Platinum Night Auction is an absolutely remarkable Babe Ruth game-worn "Bustin' Babes" barnstorming cap.

It was either the Babe's love of pastries or love of beautiful women that accounts for the survival of this rare and glorious artifact, and what could be more fitting than that? For a baseball legend famous for his prodigious appetites for both, the story is no surprise. Perhaps the most fiercely American icon of the twentieth century, the great Bambino stands as the epitome of the Dream, rising from humble beginnings in a Baltimore orphanage to the pinnacle of wealth and fame, engaging every whim along the way. It's little surprise that he still reigns as the most important figure in any fine sports memorabilia collection.

Those well-versed in the baseball collectibles market are well-aware that practically nothing beyond autographs from the famous barnstorming tour headlined by Yankee sluggers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig has found its way into the modern hobby. Heritage was thrilled to encounter a matched pair of "Bustin' Babes" and "Larrupin' Lous" pennants several auction cycles ago, but this offering is simply once in a lifetime.

The call came to us from the grandson of a particularly skilled, and presumably quite attractive, young pastry chef for a noted Santa Barbara, California hotel in the late 1920's. As the tale had been related to him, the unique cap that had been passed down through her family for decades was a gift to her grandmother by this most legendary of baseball stars at the close of either the 1927 or 1928 tour that showcased the premier figures of the World Champion New York Yankees line-up. As the story goes, Ruth was quite fond of this young woman, and one can only wonder if the Babe's affection sprung from his belly or a bit further south.

1927 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Oversized Culver Service Photograph

When it was described to us on the phone, we could scarcely believe it. A white cap with a black visor and "BB" on the front? Babe Ruth stitched into the leather headband? Could it really be?

Indeed it is. Heritage is proud and honored to present this remarkable keepsake dating to the apex of the Babe's talent and fame. Arguably even more desirable than the few Yankees caps that survive from Ruth's Major League tenure, this lone survivor is simply one of a kind, and the only cap that can be definitively linked to this most important of eras. Furthermore, it stands as a living testament to Ruth's baseball ambassadorship, spreading the gospel first to the western United States with this tour, and later to the Far East in the 1930's. For countless thousands without access to an American League park, the image of Ruth in this cap is the only one they experienced in person. To view the full auction preview, please click here.

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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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Charity KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542

Charity KidSwing Golf TournamentsThe KidSwing Golf Tournament was founded in 2003 by former Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patient, Ben Sater. When he discovered that patients receive treatment regardless of their ability to pay, he decided to use his love for golf to give back to the hospital by creating KidSwing, a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for players ages 7 to 18 of all levels of golf ability.

KidSwing is a unique fundraising concept that is unparalleled. Unlike other charity golf tournaments, KidSwing is all about kids helping kids and gives local businesses and corporations the opportunity to help.

There is no entry fee to play in the tournament, but players are encouraged to raise $100 by asking their friends and families to sponsor them. Building on the tremendous success of the original KidSwing-Dallas, two more tournaments were created — KidSwing-McKinney in 2008 and KidSwing-Trophy Club in 2011. More than 300 players participated in the Dallas, McKinney, and Trophy Club tournaments in 2012. Since its inception, KidSwing has raised an astounding $1.4 million for TSRHC.

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Top quality collectibles will also be given featured placement in print ads within such trade publications as Sports Collectors Digest, Sports Market Report and Beckett Elite, providing maximum hobby exposure. Generous cash advances are available. Call or email one of our consignment directors today to discuss your collection.

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  Employment Opportunities

As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:

  • Asian Art Specialist
  • Classic Cars Specialist
  • Coin Buyer: (San Francisco, Dallas, New York)
  • Decorative Arts & Design Specialist
  • European Art Specialist
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New York, Beverly Hills)
  • World Coins Director: Hong Kong

If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Client Data Specialist: Dallas, part-time
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
  • Consignment Coordinator: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Gallery Coordinator: Beverly Hills
  • Interns
  • PHP Web Developer: Dallas
  • Web Marketing & Social Media Coordinator: Dallas
  • Web Marketing Specialist: Dallas

If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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KFC Founder And American Icon, Col. Sanders' White Suit Readies at Heritage Auctions

KFC: Colonel Harland Sanders ArchiveA trademark white suit and clip-on string bow-tie once belonging to Kentucky Fried Chicken founder, fast food pioneer and American corporate icon Colonel Harlan Sanders, is expected to bring $10,000 or more when it comes up for bid, June 22, as part of Heritage Auctions' Signature® Americana & Political Auction.

"It's impossible to think of Colonel Sanders, or KFC, without thinking of this white suit," said Kathleen Guzman, a Managing Director with Heritage Auctions. "To this day, 33 years after his death, the Colonel is just as popular and recognizable as ever. In terms of Pop Culture collectibles, it doesn't get much better than this."

The suit, along with a small archive of other Col. Sanders related material, has been consigned by Mike Morris, who was given the suit by the Colonel himself and whose family was close to Sanders and his family in Sanders' final years after the Colonel bought the Morris house — on a whim — and lived in the family's basement for six months while he had another house built on the property for Morris family to move into.

It was 1975; Morris was 13 years old and living with his family in in Shelbyville, KY.

"The colonel was living in Louisville about 30 miles away and he wanted to move back out into the country," said Morris, who now manages a hotel near Cincinnati, OH. "He was driving around, saw our house and liked it. It wasn't even for sale."

Nonetheless, after contacting Morris' father, Colonel Sanders — in his trademark white suit — was soon at the front door. Morris's father, Edward, at first politely declined the offer.

"The colonel was very persistent," he added. "He said, 'It's a really neat house and I'd really like to live here.' They came to an agreement a week or so later."

By the time Colonel Sanders and his wife Claudia moved into the home, they had befriended the Morris family and the Colonel asked them to stay on the property. A home was built next door and they remained neighbors until Colonel Sanders' death in 1980. The families attended his birthday parties, watched TV together and even went to restaurants with him. Morris even recalls on Christmas morning when the Colonel came over and read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to he and his sister.

When he was a junior in high school and planning to attend a Halloween party, Morris's father suggested he go dress up as Sanders. Morris was planning to attend a high school Halloween party.

"We went to the Colonel's house and asked if it would be possible to borrow his white suit to dress up for the party," Morris said. "He said okay, but with one condition: 'When you're dressed up, come over so I can see what you look like.' He was just amazed at how I looked."

As an added bonus, the colonel had his chauffeur drive the teen into town, where he I rolled the window down just enough to stick his hand out and wave at people, who thought it was actually Colonel Sanders himself. The "costume" was also a huge hit at the party. Afterward, according to Morris, he took the suit back.

"But the colonel said, 'You did such a great job, I'd like for you to keep it,'" recalled Morris. "I've had it ever since."

Why exactly is Morris selling the suit after having it more than three decades?

"It's been in the family for so long… I don't want anything to happen to it as I get older," said Morris, 50. "If I'm going to do something, now is a good time. I'll always have very vivid memories. It was one of the most exciting times of my life."

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

Answer this quick question and see how you stack up against your peers.

Which NBA player who played this season has appeared in the most playoff games?

       A) Jason Kidd
       B) Kobe Bryant
       C) Magic Johnson
       D) Michael Jordan
       E) Derek Fisher



Look for the answer, results and more details in the next issue of Heritage Sports News.

Last issue's question:

Famed Boston Celtics guard also played for which Major League team?

D) Toronto Blue Jays (70%)

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