Generous cash advances are readily available towards your Premier consignments and collections. If you are considering consigning, now is the time as our recent prices realized have been nothing short of incredible.
Don’t risk getting shut out of this power-packed sale. Generous cash advances are readily available towards your Premier consignments and collections. If you have ever considered consigning to a Grey Flannel auction, NOW is the time as the prices realized that we have consistently shown our consignors have been nothing short of incredible.
We are specifically interested in your:
Game-Used/Game-Worn Jerseys, Bats & Equipment
Championship Jewelry, Trophies & Awards
Pre-1960s Graded Sports Cards
Entertainment, Political, Americana & Historical Memorabilia
Grey Flannel Auctions has added a new world record to its long list of achievements with the six-figure sale of a baseball signed by Babe Ruth the night before he died. A prized highlight of Grey Flannel’s January 22 auction, the PSA/DNA-authenticated ball opened for bidding at $5,000. Twenty-four bids later it had a new owner, who prevailed over the field of competitors at a heart-stopping $183,500. PSA subsequently confirmed the winning bid to be the highest price ever paid for single-signature personalized baseball.
The team at Grey Flannel has handled many historically important signed baseballs but felt strongly that the Ruth ball consigned to the January sale might be destined for the record books.
“We were excited about it from the first moment we set eyes on it,” said Grey Flannel’s Director of Operations, Michael Russek. “The autograph appeared impeccable. It was definitely the finest Ruth autograph we had ever seen on any item of sports memorabilia, not just baseballs. PSA/DNA, which is the ultimate authority when it comes to authenticating athletes’ signatures, graded the autograph a Mint 10, which is as high as it goes. I would be very surprised if a better example ever were to appear in the marketplace. Obviously our bidders felt the same way, because it was a fight to the finish.”
The story behind the ball adds an endearing footnote to Babe Ruth’s life story. In 1948, when his health was failing, Ruth was at a restaurant where a waiter approached him with a special request. The man asked if Ruth would autograph a ball for his daughter’s birthday. At first Ruth declined, but later on he returned and asked the waiter for the girl’s name, which was “Loraine.” Ruth signed the ball, then left. He passed away the very next day.
Many other outstanding prices were achieved in Grey Flannel’s first auction of 2020, which grossed $1,415,000. The earliest professional sports jersey ever handled by Grey Flannel Auctions, a 1902 Baltimore Orioles game-used flannel with direct family documentation, sold for $48,871. From the modern era, a pair of “Dream Team” basketball sneakers dual-autographed and game-worn by Michael Jordan at the 1992 Olympics soared to a $52,417 finish.
The auction is winding down and may close at any time without further notice. If you have been waiting until the last-minute to get your final bids in, now is the time. If you truly have interest in winning a lot we encourage you to place your bid(s) asap as this sale may close earlier than expected.
Thank you to all who participated in another fantastic Grey Flannel auction!
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As you may have noticed in the left-hand ad rail, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions are running another catalog sale. It includes the absolutely magnificent 1950s Syracuse Nationals jacket shown above. Everything about this jacket is awesome, from the chest logo and collar piping to the sleeve patch and interior tagging. Pretty good, right? You can see more photos and info here.
Interestingly, this catalog auction also includes a really nice jacket from the team that the Nationals eventually became, the 76ers. You can learn more about that item here.
• I like how the Gold Glove award is player- and position-specific. So if a Gold Glove winner is left-handed, the glove on his award trophy will be left-handed. And if you’re a first baseman, like 1967 Gold Glover George Scott, your trophy will feature a first baseman’s mitt.
Want to see more? You can browse through the full set of auction listings here.