Babe Ruth’s personally owned 1927 Yankees World Series ring will cross the block at Lelands.
The extraordinary lot has never before been offered at auction. Bidding will start at $100,000.
Babe Ruth was at his career best in the 1927 season
World Series rings are always popular, but this one has a particular significance.
The 1927 season was the Yankees’ best.
They had the most feared line-up of hitters in baseball history - the infamous Murderer’s Row.
They steamrolled the competition, winning all four games against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series.
At the centre of it all was Babe Ruth, the legendary batter whose phenomenal hitting power changed the very nature of the game.
1927 was also Ruth’s best season.
That year he achieved his single season home run record, knocking 60 out the park. That jaw dropping record was unmatched until Roger Maris surpassed it by one in 1968.
The ring was obtained directly from Ruth’s wife in 1970 by baseball collector Barry Halper. It sold once more in the 1990s and has been in the same collection since.
As Lelands says: “It is incomprehensible that such a piece exists outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown let alone to be for sale publicly. [It is] Baseball's true Holy Grail.”
If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the original 1919 contract transferring Babe Ruth from the Red Sox - undoubtedly one of the worst (or best, depending on your viewpoint) sporting decisions of all time.
It’s also selling with an opening bid of $100,000.
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