Babe Ruth auction
Babe Ruth auction_Auctioneers are swinging for the fences — hoping to get seven figures for Babe Ruth’s jersey.
A 1920 Yankee jersey, once worn by The Sultan of Swat, is going on the block next month and expected to fetch at least $1 million, auctioneers said yesterday.
The Ruth jersey — the oldest known existing uniform worn by the Bambino — could challenge the auction record for one piece of baseball memorabilia, set by a Honus Wagner trading card that went for $2.8 million in 2007.
“We’ve been in this business for 30 years, and this is simply the finest piece we’ve ever handled,” said Dan Imler, managing director of SCP Auctions in Laguna Nigel, Calif. “We could be in business for another 30 years and never handle another piece like this.”
1920 piece could top $1M.
The auctioneers declined to name the jersey’s current owner, at the private collector’s request.
The online auction begins on April 30 and wraps up on May 19.
The Yankee gray road uniform dates to Ruth’s first season in New York. Players didn’t wear uniform numbers at that point, so the jersey was identified as George Herman Ruth’s by the “RUTH G.H.” stitched into the inside collar.
The uniform sat behind glass at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore between 2004 and 2009.
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