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 Ruths $3,500 annual salary and a signature using his formal name, George H. Ruth, Jr..
The 10-day auction at overstock.com 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 thats probably unreasonable.
Still, whatever dollar amount the contract nets, Steele figures hell come out a winner since he bought the contract in 1998 for less than $10,000.
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