Babe Ruth Tour of Japan cap makes $303,000 at Grey Flannel

The only known cap worn by Babe Ruth on his 1934 Tour of Japan has sold with top results at Grey Flannel Auctions' December 18 online sale.

Babe Ruth Cap
A unique piece of Babe Ruth memorabilia with strong provenance, the cap saw competitive bids

The cap held a minimum bid of $50,000, but soared to an impressive $303,277 thanks to its rarity and provenance from the Ruth family, from whom it was sourced more than 30 years ago.

"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.

Also selling was a game-worn cap from Joe DiMaggio's rookie season in 1937. Given to a fan directly after the game by DiMaggio, it sold for $151,652.

A baseball signed by all members of  the 1932 New York Yankees, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and nine future Hall of Famers, sold for $115,242.

1932 saw one of the strongest line-ups for the Yankees, who managed a 107-47 regular season record and swept the Chicago Cubs for another World Championship. It was during Game 3 of the World Series that Babe Ruth famously called his shot.

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