RESULTS: Babe Ruth’s 1934 Tour of Japan Cap Sells For A Staggering $303,277!

WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. – A new chapter was added to the legend of Babe Ruth during the early morning hours of December 18th. Grey Flannel Auctions sold the baseball cap the immortal slugger wore during the historic 1934 US All-Star Tour of Japan for $303,277.

The game-used navy blue cap emblazoned “US” was acquired from the Ruth family more than 30 years ago and had remained in private hands from that day forward. It is the only known Ruth cap from the American team’s barnstorming tour of 18 Japanese cities.

“Nearly half a million Japanese fans lined the streets of Tokyo to view the team motorcade and welcome Babe Ruth, who rode through the Ginza district in an open-top limousine. The tour was a major news event and received press coverage worldwide,” said Richard E. Russek, president of Grey Flannel Auctions. The Ruth cap opened for bidding in late November, at $50,000, but competition really heated up during the final 24 hours of the December 17 absentee, phone and Internet auction. The winning bid of $303,277 was placed around 9:05 on the morning of December 18th by a private collector who wishes to remain anonymous.

Another high-profile cap, game-worn by Joe DiMaggio, dated to around 1937, when the great Yankee Clipper was still a rookie. Extremely rare and in beautiful, all-original condition, the cap opened for bidding at $25,000 and eventually reached $151,652.

From the same general era, a 1932 baseball signed by the New York Yankees – with 23 signatures, including those of Ruth, Lou Gehrig and seven other Hall of Famers – was a high flyer at $115,242.

Other auction highlights included a 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers heavyweight satin jacket that was owned and worn by Roy Campanella, $71,554; and a circa-1980s Philadelphia 76ers road uniform game-worn by Julius “Dr. J” Erving, $44,428.

In total, Grey Flannel’s Holiday Auction 2014 grossed $2,084,460, inclusive of a 20% buyer’s premium.

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A Big Thank You To All Of Our Bidders & Consignors

Our December 17th Holiday Catalog Is Officially Closed!

Thank you to all who participated in another fantastic Grey Flannel sale.

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Prices Realized Highlights Include: 

  • LOT #1 1934 Babe Ruth Tour of Japan Game-Used Cap (Only Known Example • Sourced From The Ruth Family 30+ Years Ago)
    • SOLD FOR: $303,277
  • LOT #635 Circa 1937 Joe DiMaggio Rookie Era New York Yankees Game-Used Cap (Exceedingly Rare)
    • SOLD FOR: $151,652
  • LOT #4 1932 New York Yankees Official American League Team Signed Baseball Including Ruth & Gehrig (Full JSA • Championship Season • 23Sigs &9HoFers • Sourced From Grounds Crew)
    • SOLD FOR: $115,242
  • LOT #634 1950s Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers Worn Heavyweight Satin Jacket (Rare • Sourced From Dodgers Charity Auction • Likely NL MVP & Championship Season)
    • SOLD FOR: $71,554
  • LOT #633 Circa 1980s Julius “Dr. J” Erving Philadelphia 76ers Game-Used Road Uniform (2)(Photomatch • Pounded • Julius Erving III LOA)
    • SOLD FOR: $44,428

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FAIR WARNING! The Auction Is Winding Down And May Close At Any Time…

Bid Now Before It’s Too Late!

This is your fair warning that our Holiday catalog is winding down and may close at any time without notice. If you have been waiting until the last-minute to get your final bids in, now is the time. There may be no further notice or warning of the auction closing. If you truly have interest in winning a lot we encourage you to place your bids now.

This sale may end earlier than you expect. Thank you to all who participated in another fantastic Grey Flannel auction.

 

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We Are Now In Extended Bidding

Bidding for our Holiday Auction Catalog is now in extended bidding!

Extended bidding will close when we receive no bids for a period of 10 consecutive minutes on any lot in the sale. The entire auction will close simultaneously, not one lot at a time.

While we cannot predict precisely when this will close, we strongly advise you to get your remaining bids in now on any lots that you truly have interest in.

 

LOT #634: 1950s Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers Worn Heavyweight Satin Jacket (Rare • Sourced From Dodgers Charity Auction • Likely NL MVP & Championship Season)
LOT #634: 1950s Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers Worn Heavyweight Satin Jacket (Rare • Sourced From Dodgers Charity Auction • Likely NL MVP & Championship Season)

 

 

 

Auction Closes This Wednesday!

Bidding for Grey Flannel Auctions’ highly anticipated December 17th Holiday Catalog Auction closes this Wednesday!

INITIAL BIDS REMINDER | Initial bids must be placed prior to 9:00 PM EST on Wednesday, December 17th if you wish to participate in the extended bidding portion of our auction. Once in Extended Bidding, bidding on each lot will be limited to only those bidders who have previously placed their initial bids on that specific lot. For ongoing lots after the close of initial bidding, the 10-minute rule will be put into effect. The 10-minute rule means the auction will not end until there are no bids for the entire auction for a period of 10 minutes. The entire auction will close simultaneously, not one lot at a time.

Please note that our phone lines and servers tend to get very, very busy as we approach auction day and we recommend not waiting to the last-minute to place your bids.

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Auction Action By Paul Lukas of ESPN’s Uni-Watch

Thanks Paul! To view this post and other fine uniform related discussions head over to Uni-Watch.com

Our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions are running another catalog auction, which means it’s time for me to showcase some of the most interesting items they’re selling. Here we go:

• I love the elegant simplicity of this cap that Babe Ruth wore during a 1934 tour of Japan.

• Little-known uni-related fact about Mike Schmidt: When the Phillies wore zippered jerseys, he had a little button and loop added to his front shirttails, to keep them from spreading apart.

• Schmidt also had button added to his jersey for the Phils’ infamous one-day mono-burgundy uni. That listing page also includes this game photo, which I hadn’t seen before.

• Speaking of the Phils, look at the amazing chain-stitched numerals on this Steve Carlton jersey. Here’s the full listing.

• Interesting pair of San Francisco Giants McNOBs here: Willie McCovey had a base-aligned lowercase “c,” while Willie McGee’s “c” was raised.

• Love this two-tone Cardinals dugout jacket, although it would be even better if the right sleeve were navy.

• This Reds cold-weather jacket looks like a gown! Interesting to see the “Reds” inside the underline — I don’t recall seeing the Reds use that format before.

• Speaking of cold-weather attire, check out this Braves garment.

• Notice anything odd about this Bill Veeck leisure suit-style promo jersey? The numbers are the wrong font! Should look like this.

• In April of 1964, when I was about three weeks old, Arnold Palmer wore this cardigan in the Masters. What a beaut! I would totally wear that.

• I’m a little confused by this Edmonton Oilers “practice bib” — never seen anything like that before. Did these used to be common?

• Not sports-related, but I love this Baby Ruth candy bar vendor’s jacket. Looks kinda like a jockey’s silks, no?

• Here’s a maker’s mark I bet most of you have forgotten: the old Wilson/Staff logo, which the 49ers wore in 1995. Here’s the full listing for that jersey.

• So much to like in this 1963 Phillips 66ers warm-up jacket and, even better, this 1967 66ers warm-up top. Tasty!

• Naturally, I love the colors on this early-1960s Bob Cousy warm-up fleece. But the interesting thing is the buttons — they seem really big, no?

• Hmmm, seems like there were major kerning issues with this mid-1950s Philadelphia Warriors jersey. That “A” is practically falling off of the jersey!

• Two rarities in one: The NOB on this late-1980s Sacramento Kings jersey is nameplated and beneath the number — both very unusual for the NBA.

Want to see more? You can check out all of the auction listings here.

OVERTIME! Online-Only Featured Lots

In addition to the 633 lots featured in the printed catalog, our December 17 Holiday Auction also features nearly 250 lots that are online-only.

These late additions can be viewed in our overtime section by clicking here.

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Lot 635: Circa 1937 Joe DiMaggio Rookie Era New York Yankees Game-Used Cap (Exceedingly Rare)
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Lot 634: 1950s Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers Worn Heavyweight Satin Jacket (Rare • Sourced From Dodgers Charity Auction • Likely NL MVP & Championship Season)
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Lot 841: 12/24/2011 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks Game-Used & Autographed Helmet (JSA • Photomatch)
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Lot 634: 1969 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates Game-Used Bat (PSA/DNA Graded 9)

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