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Lot # 899 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Babe Ruth's Suitcase!

Starting Bid - $5,000, Unsold

One of the most famous quips in all of baseball was that uttered by Yankees outfielder Ping Bodie, who was Ruth's first roommate with the Yankees in 1920. When Bodie was asked by a local reporter what it was like rooming with Ruth, Bodie replied, "I don't know, I room with his suitcase."

Offered here then, is one of Bodie's ex roommates: Babe Ruth's suitcase! Although we are quite certain this is not the suitcase used by Ruth during his tenure with the Yankees (it appears to date from the 1940s), it did once belong to the fabled "Sultan of Swat," as indicated by the name "Babe Ruth" embossed in gold lettering on the top. The brown-leather suitcase, featuring twin handles and two locking clasps, was manufactured by Oshkosh Luggage and represents the larger of the two matching Babe Ruth suitcases that once resided in the fabled Barry Halper Collection. (Ruth was perhaps the single favorite area of collecting for Halper, whose collection also included Babe Ruth's equipment bag, player contracts, 1927 World series ring, and many other significant and not-so-significant personal effects.) Those two bags first appeared at auction as Lot 84 in the 1999 Barry Halper Sale, where they realized $14,950. The bag (18 inches tall and 24 inches wide) displays extensive wear, including heavy water staining along the base and numerous abrasions throughout. In Fair condition overall. Luggage from a ballplayer is usually not thought of as a collectible, but in the case of Babe Ruth, it has a fascinating significance. This is a unique Ruth item and one that makes for a tremendous display and conversation piece given Bodie's legendary quote.

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