Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, And Hank Aaron Memorabilia Offered In Julien’s Auctions November 14th Event

Los Angeles, California – (August 23, 2019)– History and investment opportunities intersect for baseball fans attending Julien’s Auctions “A Southern Gentleman’s Collection” event in Beverly Hills on November 14th. With the Sports category leading the sale, high value baseballs and game worn jerseys each carry with them stories about some of the greatest moments and players of the sport.

Brett Hughes, Managing Director Global Sports at Julien’s Auctions, says: “Once in a while a collection comes our way that you can feel the history, opportunity, and excitement all at once. This collection – compiled over the course of 30 years by Goodman Basil Espy­ III, M.D., is just that – exciting. It includes the kinds of items that makes the heart of any baseball fan and collector beat faster. Much faster. An indication of the strength of this market can be seen in the price rises we are seeing. A Babe Ruth uniform similar to one sold in 2008 for $300,000, we expect to sell for $400,000 or higher today. The market goes from strength to strength.”

David Seideman, an authority on sports collectables for 30 years (who writes for such publications as Forbes, Time and Sport Illustrated) claimed the following earlier this year: “[The] supply of signed Babe Ruth baseballs cannot meet the demand…  No matter how many thousands upon thousands of times he scribbled his name, an autographed Babe Ruth baseball is still the centerpiece of any worthwhile baseball memorabilia collection. The price of Ruth balls has at least doubled over the past decade. Expect to pay at least $20,000 for a sharp one, a clean ball. Official American League baseballs are the most desirable, commanding a premium.”

The market for celebrity sports memorabilia continues its relentless upward trend as an alternative investment sector. Many wealthy collectors who have art, wine, classic cars, and jewelry in their portfolios now also include items linked to some of the greatest professional athletes in the world. The sports market, in some instances, is outpacing some of the more conventional investment categories.

Because of the international interest in this collection, it is being taken to England on board Cunard’s luxurious Queen Mary 2, in a voyage departing New York on September 15thand arriving in Southampton, England on September 22nd, crossing the Atlantic Ocean with an exhibition of sports highlights from the Julien’s Auctions sale event later in the year.

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A Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe signed baseball.  A Reach Official American League Baseball (William Harridge) era 1947-1953, signed by Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe in blue ink. This signed baseball commemorates the brief union of one of sports brightest stars with Hollywood’s most glamorous actress. It is well known that after Marilyn’s passing Joe refused to sign any Monroe related material whether it be photographic images or pages already bearing her autograph. Any signed objects by both legendary figures only derives from the short period the couple spent together, factually only a nine-month marriage was full of unhappiness, tears, and general strife.


Estimate: US$150,000 – US$250,000