There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.
Lot
80096

1923-25 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9 - Fresh to the Hobby!...

2013 August 1 - 2 Platinum Night Sports Auction - Chicago #7080

 
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Make Offer:
Make Offer to Owner

The owner of this Item has been actively participating in the Make Offer to Owner program.
Claim Item: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Auction Ended On: Aug 1, 2013
Item Activity: 10 Internet/mail/phone bidders
1,395 page views
Location: Muvico
9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

Description:
The Yankees World Championship era begins!
1923-25 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9 - Fresh to the Hobby! Call it the rudder that set the Yankee ship on the course toward its destiny as America's most decorated sports franchise. The Babe Ruth game used bat is widely considered, along with his single signed baseball, the fundamental building block of the sports collectibles hobby, though the former is, of course, considerably more rare. And while any Ruth bat is both a treasure of sports memorabilia and of Americana in general, there is something particularly special about that small percentage that bears the 1923-25 labeling style that adorns the presented specimen. It was with this format that the iconic slugger christened the infant Yankee Stadium with its first long ball on Opening Day, and provided the franchise's first World Championship as the opposing bookend to that glorious 1923 campaign.

Of course one cannot be certain of the precise season in which this hefty thirty-nine ounce war club terrorized American League pitching, but the evidence of that terror is easy to read in the punished grain of the Hillerich & Bradsby signature model's left barrel. We stress that the positioning of these ball strikes is a key Ruth trait, as it matches the Babe's label-down left handed stance. Equally exciting is the barrel scoring that appears in this area, as Ruth was known to rough up the contact area of his bats in the belief that this enhanced the launching of horsehide. Most quality Ruth gamers likewise exhibit scattered gouges inflicted by tapping clay off his spikes, and we find a healthy speckling here. The weight and thirty-six inch length are likewise just right for the man who lived by the mantra of "swing big." This is no toothpick, for sure.

Leading bat expert John Taube assesses the degree of use as "heavy," noting the aforementioned evidence and a slight, professionally repaired handle crack. It's a picture-perfect specimen that comes honestly by its lofty GU 9 assessment. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.



.

View large image(s) of this item

Service and Handling Description: Bats, Clubs, Sticks, Swords, Rifles, etc. (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items:

Photographs:
Sign-in or Join (free & quick) to see the full image




FLOOR AUCTIONS View All
Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP
933,504
bidder-members
$908,962,673
sold in the last year
VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 
CONSIGNMENTS WANTED
Only 12 days left to consign to the 2015 July 30 - 31 Sports Platinum Auction - Chicago!
Learn About Consigning With Us
I never attend a Heritage auction that I don't leave with a treasure in my pocket.
A.M. ,
Oceanside, CA
HERITAGE VIDEO TUTORIAL
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SEARCH
RECENT AUCTIONS
2015 May 14 - 16 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas
2015 May 14 - 16 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas
REALIZED SO FAR $8,384,946
SPORTS SURVEY
You could win!
Take the Survey