Opening Day Baseball brings out the Nostalgia of the Greats

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 18,: New York Yankees batboy, Ray Kelly, left, poses with Babe Ruth in Yankee Stadium before a game against the Boston Red Sox during Opening Day on April 18, 1923 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)

This framed Babe Ruth autographed photo is from during his training days with the New York Yankees, most likely in Florida where the Yankees would hold their pre-season workouts. Ruth’s signature is presented in bold blue fountain ink.

What makes this piece even more special is that it is not inscribed to anyone. Generally signed photos from the period were “personalized” to a specific person and presented as a gift or token of appreciation. Indeed, it was a special souvenir to be cherished by the recipient, but in today’s hobby, such unwanted writings drastically affect the autograph value. Luckily, in this case, it is a nice, clean example with no other writing.

Babe Ruth autographed photo value comes in just under $10,000

This premium photo measures 5.5” x 3.5” and “The Babe” could not have placed his flawless signature in a more perfect place. The blue ink contrasts perfectly with the cream background, and you can truly appreciate the sense of pride that Ruth took in his penmanship. The photo comes with a Letter of Authenticity from Beckett.

As the biggest name in sports collecting, the value in Babe Ruth memorabilia has continued to rise. Collectors have been paying record prices for original cards and high-grade signatures. Signed photographs like this are extremely scarce and do not surface as often as cut signatures, or even single-signed baseballs.

The photo has been placed in archival mylar to further protect it and had it custom framed and double-matted under ultraviolet-protected plexiglass to further safeguard it for future generations to enjoy. The result is one beautiful Babe Ruth presentation piece that is ready to be placed on your favorite wall for all to see.

The Holy Grail of baseball cards: 1952 Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle’s 1952 Topps Rookie is baseball lore. Of course, Mantle made his highly anticipated debut in 1951, but his first Topps Card was the 1952 Topps #311 and it has easily become the most coveted card in the entire hobby!

This particular card is a nice example, boasting above-average eye appeal. It features clean surfaces and bold colors, with just two faint hairline creases on the bottom corners of the front of the card that does not go through to the other side… otherwise, this beauty looks like a 5!

Simply put, if you’re looking for THE CARD to add to your collection… this is it!

The 1952 Topps Rookie Mickey Mantle baseball card is available from Brigandi Collectibles.

Jackie Robinson historic autograph from 1947

No true baseball collection is complete without an exceptional Jackie Robinson autograph. He is baseball’s most important hero off the field, and we sometimes overlook his talent on the diamond as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1947 after breaking the color barrier, he received MLB’s Inaugural Rookie of the Year Award, and just two seasons later he was crowned National League MVP. Of course, he went on to lead Brooklyn to a World Series title over the Yankees in 1955 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962.

We’ve paired the gorgeous blue-ink autograph with one of the most important photos in Major League history. This iconic “KEEP OUT” image was taken on April 10, 1947, the day Branch Rickey announced that the Dodgers had purchased Jackie’s contract from their minor league affiliate, the Montreal Royals. The photographer’s timing could not have been better, as he perfectly captured the exact moment when Jackie broke the color barrier and entered the door of Major League Baseball. Notice the uniform he is wearing, the Montreal Royals… upon entering the clubhouse, he exchanged that Minor League jersey for his iconic Brooklyn Dodgers #42. This incredibly symbolic and historic photo reflects the state of baseball, and of the nation, at the time. Certainly, times were changing and Jackie Robinson was the symbol of that change.