1980 "Babe Ruth Crown" Award from The Al Kaline Collection...
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Description1980 "Babe Ruth Crown" Award from The Al Kaline Collection. From a standpoint of pure aesthetics, this might be our favorite baseball award of all, a regal lifetime achievement award presented in honor of Baltimore's favorite baseball son by the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association. The honor was created in 1956, at which point it was presented to the player with the highest slugging percentage. Originally called "The Sultan of Swat Award," its recipients read like a who's who of baseball legends: Mantle, Aaron, Williams, Mays, Banks. In later years, along with the shift in terminology, the award would come to be presented to retired ballplayers instead, still honoring the elite hitter which its namesake exemplified.
This striking relic is the prize presented to a man who supplied the residents of Motor City with twenty-two years of brilliance on the field, and even more years of wisdom and expertise off of it. The golden band of the crown is artfully engraved with an array of statistics and achievements that would pave Kaline path the door of Cooperstown, where he was inducted the same year as the crown's presentation.
The regal showpiece survives in nearly pristine condition, with aesthetics and importance that will make it the focal point of even the finest of private collections. Letter of provenance from Mark Kaline.
Guide Value or Estimate: $20,000 - up.
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