Babe Ruth Barnstorming Cap Slated for Heritage's
August Platinum Night Auction
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
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.
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
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
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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
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Charity KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction
The 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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