Friday, March 18, 2005

Ruth’s Original Red Sox Contract To Be Sold

PHOENIX (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Babe Ruth’s original contract with the Boston Red Sox will be dusted off and put up for sale starting today (Mar. 18).

But rather than paper being the material of record, the contract – from 1916 to 1917 – comes on glass plate negatives.

The reason: Older player contracts were transferred to glass negatives around 2000 and the originals destroyed.

The shiny contract contains Ruth’s $3,500 annual salary and a signature using his formal name, George H. Ruth, Jr..

The 10-day auction at ends March 28 and the current owner of the contract, Rick Steele, is swinging for the fences – expecting to get between $50,000 to $500,000.

He jokes, “I want to get a couple billion dollars for it, but that’s probably unreasonable.”

Still, whatever dollar amount the contract nets, Steele figures he’ll come out a winner since he bought the contract in 1998 for less than $10,000.

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