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The Golden Age of Baseball

Selections from the National Pastime Museum

Christie’s New York is proud to present The Golden Age of Baseball, Selections from the National Pastime Museum: a two-day live auction event in October. The two sales — organized into memorabilia on October 19 and photography on October 20 — showcase a remarkable assemblage of over 450 lots of letters, contracts, memorabilia, game-used bats and a treasury of vintage baseball photography. Highlights include some of the greatest artifacts relating to the Negro Leagues and its most celebrated stars including Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Sol White, among others. In addition, the collection includes notable pieces relating to Jackie Robinson, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Mike “King” Kelly, Christy Mathewson, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.

View the sale catalogues for Memorabilia and Photography.


Highlights

  • “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Professional Model Bat

    Size: 35.5 in.
    39.2 oz.
    Estimate
    $500,000 – $700,000

  • Jackie Robinson Professional Model Bat

    Size: 35.5 in.
    34 oz.
    Estimate
    $300,000 – $400,000

  • Lizzie Stride Cabinet Card

    Size: 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.
    Estimate
    $2,000 – $3,000

  • Mike "King" Kelly Signed Photograph

    Size: 5 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.
    Estimate
    $150,000 – $200,000

  • Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball

    Estimate
    $40,000 – $60,000

  • Josh Gibson Photograph

    Size: 7 x 9 1/4 in.
    Estimate
    $10,000 – $15,000

  • History Of Colored Baseball

    Maker & Date: Sol White, 1907
    Size: 3 3/4 x 6 in.
    Estimate
    $15,000 – $20,000

  • Christy Mathewson Photograph

    Maker & Date: Louis Van Oeyen (1865-1946)
    Size: 6 3/4 x 10 in.
    Estimate
    $10,000 – $15,000

  • Lou Gehrig Professional Model Bat

    Size: 35 1/4 in.
    35.5 oz.
    Estimate
    $300,000 – $400,000


Sale information

The Golden Age of Baseball: Selections from the National Pastime Museum

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY 10020

    19 Oct, 10am
    20 Oct, 10am

  • Viewing

    13 Oct, 10am – 5pm
    14 Oct, 10am – 5pm
    15 Oct, 10am – 5pm
    16 Oct, 1pm – 5pm
    17 Oct, 11am – 4pm
    18 Oct, 11am – 4pm