Auction Previews 🔥 Consign Today!

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
  • HOF Autographs 
  • Championship Jewelry, Trophies & Awards
  • Pre-1960s Graded Sports Cards
  • Entertainment, Political, Americana & Historical Memorabilia
1965 Joe Namath AFL New York Jets Game-Used Durene Rookie Jersey (Photo-Matched • Equipment Manager Family LOA)

Ruth Ball Sells For A Record $183,500

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.

To discuss consigning sports memorabilia to a future Grey Flannel Auctions event, call 631-288-7800 or email info@greyflannelauctions.com. Visit the company online at www.greyflannelauctions.com.

Most Bids With One Week To Go

Auction Closes Jan. 22nd

Bidding for Grey Flannel Auctions’ highly anticipated Holiday catalog closes in just one week. Check out these lots with the most bids so far!

Launch Auction & Check Out The Action (here)

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

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.

• Lots to like on this 1968 game-used Billy Williams Cubs jersey, including the rarely seen Illinois sesquicentennial patch.

• Oh man, how awesome is this 1928 photo album prepared for Cubs manager Joe McCarthy. A very unusual item!

• Speaking of unusual, check out this 1917 Red Sox season ticket booklet.

• Love this 1970s Cal Angels jacket, which was made for owner Gene Autry. The big logo on the back is particularly nice.

• I never get tired of seeing these old Phillies jerseys with the giant chain-stitched numbers on the back. Here’s another one â€” great stuff!

• Love this Brett Hull 1992 NHL All-Star Game jersey. So much better than the ones that the league recently unveiled.

• I’ve never seen an NFL sweater quite like this 1951 Doak Walker item. Note the city of Detroit 250th-anniversary patch, too!

• 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.

Early Catalog Highlights

Grey Flannel Auctions’ Holiday Catalog will featuring a wide range of vintage graded cards, game worn jersey and autographed memorabilia. Visit our site to register and follow us on social media to watch us build this sale.

Catalog Deadline Quickly Approaching 

Whether you have an extensive collection or just an odd rare keepsake, we welcome your inquiry and look forward to helping you receive the most for your collectibles.

We have assembled a superb team of experienced specialists in all areas of Sports Collectibles including:

  • Game-Used/Game-Worn Jerseys, Bats & Equipment
  • Vintage Sports & Historical Autographs
  • Championship Jewelry, Trophies & Awards
  • Pre-1970s Sports Cards 
  • Entertainment, Rock n’ Roll, Political, Americana & Historical Memorabilia

Let us know what you have and a member of our staff will get back to you within 24 hours!

1902 Baltimore Orioles Flannel Just Consigned!

Inquire today about a free non-binding auction estimate + advanced catalog placement. Auction Previews Online Friday!

Incredible 1902 Baltimore Orioles Game-Used Road Flannel Jersey (Player Family LOA • Earliest Known Example • Graded 9+) 

 The Orioles’ second season in Baltimore would ultimately prove to be their last, as the team was moved to New York after the season, where they became known as the New York Highlanders. The Yankees franchise began play in the 1901 season as the Baltimore Orioles. In 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the franchise after it ceased operations and moved it to New York City, renaming the club the New York Highlanders who were officially renamed the Yankees in 1913.

What’s My Memorabilia Worth?

We are pleased to now offer free verbal non-binding appraisals on your treasured collectibles.

Our Appraisals Services Department will get you the necessary information you need whether it be pre-sale auction estimates, estate planning or just plain curiosity.

We have assembled a superb team of experienced specialists in all areas of Sports Collectibles including:

  • Game-Used/Game-Worn Jerseys & Equipment
  • Sports & Historical Autographs
  • Championship Jewelry, Trophies & Awards
  • Pre-1960′s Sports Cards
  • Entertainment, Rock n’ Roll, Political, Americana & Historical Memorabilia

We offer complimentary initial assessments of individual items, collections, and estates to assist in determining the extent of the required appraisal service.

Contact us today and a member of our staff will get back to you within 24 hours:

         Phone: (631) 288-7800 ext. 3

         Email:   Info@GreyFlannelAuctions.com 

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