The Sultan of Swat is still a big hit with collectors.
A rare baseball from the 1915 World Series champions Boston Red Sox signed by baseball legend and Hall of Famer Babe Ruth could be worth as much as ,000 when it goes up for auction next month.
Auction house Lelands is selling the baseball, which comes from the family of former Red Sox player Dick Hoblitzel, along with several other pieces of baseball memorabilia at its Fall 2019 Classic Auction, which runs through Dec. 6.
BABE RUTH ROOKIE CARD AUCTIONED FOR 0G DECADES AFTER IT WAS FOUND INSIDE A PIANO
The auction house said the rare ball is signed by Ruth and has 27 other autographs, including from Hall of Famer Tris Speaker and several other Red Sox players.
This fantastic ball anchors a collection from Hoblitzells family that also includes game balls and Hoblitzells personal World Series programs, Lelands said in a statement, adding that Hoblitzell was Ruths roommate while the team was on the road.
The ball features a clear and visible Babe Ruth signature signed Ruth on the sweet spot in 3 of 10 ink, Lelands wrote in the listing. It has a pre-sale estimate of at least ,000, according to a Lelands spokesman.
In addition to the rare Ruth-signed ball, Lelands is also auctioning off several hard-to-find baseball cards, including the only recognized Ruth rookie card.Considered one of the most prized possessions in the card collecting hobby, the [1916 M101-5 Sporting News blank back #151] card depicts Ruth in pitching follow-through from his stint with the Red Sox, Lelands added in the release.
Also up for auction in the self-described multi-million dollar card auction is a 1917 Collins-McCarthy (E135) set, believed to be the first baseball card set sold publicly, as well as the 1911-36 Zeenut collection.
Several other baseball-related items are included in the auction, notably, a Shoeless Joe Jackson signed voucher. Jackson, who was part of the infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal, was illiterate and rarely signed anything, making his autographs among the scarcest in sports, Lelands added.
Other items related to the Black Sox scandal up for sale include 1919 World Series tickets, a 1919 White Sox season pass, autographs, handwritten letters and more.
Memorabilia from baseball buff and actor Charlie Sheen will also go up for sale.
The Cleveland Indians cap worn by Sheens Ricky Vaughan character in the baseball movie Major League, as well as the game-used ball in the scene where Vaughan strikes out an opposing hitter with a 101 mph fastball are up for sale.
Pre-sale estimates for both the cap and ball are between ,000 and ,000, respectively.
Another Sheen-related item, the standard military issue Timex watch worn by his Chris Taylor character in Platoon will also go up for sale.Prior to becoming an actor, Sheen played baseball in high school, having pitched and played shortstop, according to a 2011 ESPN article.
Ruth memorabilia is among the most valuable in the sports collectible industry. In May,a 1916 Babe Ruthbaseballcard sold at auction for over 0,000 after it was discovered in a piano. Two months prior, a separate Ruth card worth at least .5 million went up for auction.
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