Sixty-one years ago, Carvel Lincoln was a 16-year-old pitcher with an American Legion team from Boise, Idaho, in Billings for a junior baseball tournament. His team lost, but Lincoln came away with a treasure - a baseball autographed by the legendary Babe Ruth.
Ruth came to Billings for the tournament's opening at Athletic Park, spoke at a banquet and gave away autographed baseballs.
Lincoln, 77, a retired dentist living in the Dallas suburb of Garland, is selling his baseball, a prized possession in nearly perfect condition, through an auction house specializing in high-end sports memorabilia.
Bidding started Sunday at $10,000. Within about three hours, the baseball had attracted nine bids with the price up to $21,000. A 10th bid placed Monday put the ball at $22,000. The online auction by Memory Lane Inc. of Tustin, Calif., ends May 17.
J.P. Cohen, an auctioneer with Memory Lane, speculated that Lincoln's ball could sell for anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000.
"Would it surprise me if it goes for over six figures? Not at all," Cohen said Monday. "This baseball looks like it was signed yesterday. That's how phenomenal it is."
Thursday, May 01, 2008
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