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Press Release - September 26, 2006
Spectacular Game Worn Jerseys from Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig to be Offered in October!
Perhaps the Two Most Important Baseball Jerseys Ever to be Auctioned
DALLAS, TEXAS: Heritage Auction Galleries will present the game worn home pinstriped jerseys of New York Yankees Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in its historic Signature auction closing October 28, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. Each is widely considered to be the ultimate example from the few Ruth and Gehrig jerseys that have survived to this day. Arguably they are the two most significant game worn baseball jerseys ever to reach the auction block.
Chris Ivy, Director of Sports auctions for Heritage, explains the unique historical contexts from which each of the jerseys derives. "Through exhaustive research and close study of photographic documentation, we have been able to determine that the Babe Ruth jersey is the very one he wore to participate in the first All-Star Game in 1933. It's worth noting that the baseball that the Babe hit to record the first All-Star Game home run that day recently sold at auction for over $800,000. This jersey is also the first and only home Ruth jersey with the number '3' on the back ever to reach the auction block."
The Gehrig jersey, he explains, is equally important in the annals of baseball history. "Again," Ivy continues, "through photographic studies matching the unique variations in pinstripe patterning, we have been able to definitively place the shirt on the Iron Horse during his greatest season, the Most Valuable Player campaign of 1927. Of course that Yankees squad is considered by most baseball historians to be the finest baseball team ever assembled."
"Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are the absolute elite when it comes to baseball collectibles," notes Heritage Consignment Director and public televisions' Antiques Roadshow expert Mike Gutierrez, "and these pieces are just as good as it gets. Only a small percentage of the artifacts on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown could compare to these jerseys, which represent two of the most historically significant baseball collectibles in private hands."
Ivy hesitates to place an estimate on the auction results, explaining, "When it comes to pieces of this tremendous rarity and desirability, Heritage auctions almost always seem to exceed expectations. Certainly $600,000 for each is a very safe bet, and there is a strong possibility that we'll see the seven-figure barrier approached or broken for either or both."
Heritage specializes in rare and collectible sports cards, as well as uniforms, equipment, and related vintage sports memorabilia. Consignments for future Signature Sports Auctions are currently being accepted. Prospective consignors or sellers of quality vintage sports cards and sports memorabilia are encouraged to contact:
Chris Ivy at 800-872-6467 Ext. 319 or email: Civy@HA.com
Mike Gutierrez at 800-872-6467 Ext. 183 or email: MikeG@HA.com
Mark Jordan at 800-872-6467 Ext. 187 or email: MarkJ@HA.com
Jonathan Scheier at 800-872-6467 Ext. 314 or email: JonathanS@HA.com
To order the next Heritage Sports Collectibles Signature catalog, contact Nicole Jewell, or write c/o Heritage Auction Galleries, 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219.