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Johnson, Goslin, Gibson Highlight Washington D.C. Items in New Christie’s Auction


Washington, D.C., has a deep, rich baseball tradition that goes back to the origins of the game. A new auction from leader Christie’s will feature one of the most important and comprehensive collections of baseball memorabilia and photography ever offered at auction with The Golden Age of Baseball, Selections from the National Pastime Museum, a two-day auction on October 19-20 in New York.

D.C. is well represented in the impressive collection, with dozens of items with local ties. Among those are many Walter Johnson pieces including photos, bats and balls, a Goose Goslin game used bat, Josh Gibson photograph and bat and much more.

The sale is the largest collection of baseball ephemera to appear at an international auction house in more than 15 years. Comprised of a remarkable assemblage of game-used bats, letters, contracts, memorabilia and a treasury of vintage baseball photography, Part I of the sale is devoted to memorabilia and Part II is devoted to photography. With 485 lots in total, estimates start at $300-500 for photographs and memorabilia, while the top lot of the auction is a “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Professional Model Bat, estimated at $500,000-700,000. The contents of the auction are from the National Pastime Museum, which is an online museum based on a private collection of baseball artifacts.

“From baseball’s earliest days through its golden era, the game’s most iconic players are represented in this collection. Of particular interest are the remarkably rare items pertaining to The Negro Leagues and the legendary ballplayers who played in them,” remarks Simeon Lipman, Christie’s Consultant, Pop Culture.

Fans can visit the Golden Age auction here for more information.