Monday, July 12, 2004

Babe Ruth Bat - A Million Dollars?

From E Sports Collectors Digest...

MILLION-DOLLAR SALE PREDICTED FOR RUTH BAT
After 80 years in hiding, the bat Babe Ruth used to slug the first home run in the new Yankee Stadium on Opening Day, April 18, 1923, will be auctioned, along with many other prized and valuable memorabilia items, by SportsCards Plus. The sale will take place Oct. 4 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan.

The bat -- which received a perfect grade of A10 by SCD Authentic -- will headline the New York-themed auction, which will also feature autographed game-used memorabilia and personal mementos from many of New York's baseball legends.

After his 1923 home run, Ruth, always supportive of kids and young ballplayers, autographed the bat he used and donated it to the Los Angeles Herald to be awarded as the top prize in a high-school home run hitting contest. On the bat, he inscribed, "To the Boy Home Run King of Los Angeles, "Babe" Ruth, N.Y. May 7, 1923." The bat was awarded to Victor Orsatti by the Herald in June of 1923. It has remained in the Orsatti family for the past 80 years, until recently being presented to David Kohler of SportsCards Plus for auction. The bat's new owner will also receive all of the accompanying documentation, including a congratulatory telegram from The Babe to Orsatti.

For complete auction details see the July 23 edition of SCD

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