Sports Memorabilia Auction

Straw hats, undershirts and suitcases pack history

Philadelphia Inquirer
By Frank Fitzpatrick

“The fact that a ragged piece of browning paper, surreptitiously ripped from an official public document, could sell for a then-record $23,500 is an indication that, in the ephemeral sports-collectible industry, logic is frequently as rare a commodity as a Shoeless Joe signature.

This weekend in Exton, for example, collectors at a two-day public auction will bid on items that in other circumstances might easily have ended up in a waste can – a Babe Ruth-endorsed undershirt, a straw hat that Connie Mack wore, Chief Bender’s suitcase and a hastily scrawled letter from Eddie Waitkus.”

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