Goldin Offering CGC-certified Card with Hair from Legends Ruth, Mantle and Williams in March Auction

Posted on 3/25/2024

Only three of these special cards exist that contain strands of hair from each of the iconic Hall of Famers.

CGC Cards™ has certified and graded millions of cards, but not many are as interesting as a card that contains the DNA of not one but three of the most legendary players in MLB history. Serious collectors have an opportunity to own the rarity, as Goldin is offering the card in an upcoming sale. Online bidding is already underway for Goldin's 2024 March Elite Sports Auction, which will be held March 30, 2024.

A top CGC-certified lot in the auction is a 2022 HA Historic DNA Babe Ruth/Mickey Mantle/Ted Williams - Prime Hair Sample graded CGC 8.5 (lot 857). Serial numbered to only three examples ever created, the DNA card brings collectors closer than ever before to these baseball icons of the past through authentic hair relics incorporated in the card. Adding to its rarity, this particular card is the lone example in the CGC Cards Population Report.

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Historic Autographs (HA) is a leader in historic DNA relic cards within the collecting community. The company creates some of the most unique and diverse sets in the hobby that feature some of the most famous public figures from decades and even centuries past. Their checklists include DNA cards of US presidents such as Andrew Jackson, John F. Kennedy and Thomas Jefferson; famous musicians such as Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain; historical figures such as Susan B. Anthony, Napoleon and Charles Lindbergh; Hollywood icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Steven Spielberg; and sporting legends such as Muhammad Ali, Joe DiMaggio, Sandy Koufax and many more.

This particular card features the DNA relics of two New York Yankees icons and a Boston Red Sox icon in Ruth, Mantle and Williams. Any conversation about the greatest players in MLB history would include these three baseball legends, with Ruth arguably being considered the best baseball player ever, Mantle arguably the greatest five-tool player and switch-hitter ever, and Williams arguably being the greatest hitter ever.

George Herman Ruth, better known as Babe Ruth, is synonymous with baseball. He was the home run king for decades (714) and is considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the league. Ruth's career accolades include 12 AL home run titles, five AL RBI titles, a career batting average of .341 and the 1923 AL MVP. He's also a seven-time World Series champion, making him one of the winningest players in MLB history.

Another Yankees legend, Mickey Mantle hailed from a small town in Oklahoma, but he took the "Big Apple" by storm not long after donning the famous Yankee pinstripes. He became one of the best players in the entire league in just his second season in 1952, earning his first of many All-Star nods and helping New York win another World Series title. Mantle retired in 1969 as arguably the greatest switch-hitter to ever play the game. Mantle won the Triple Crown in 1956, won American League MVP three times and won the World Series seven times in his iconic MLB career.

Over his 20-year career in Boston, Ted Williams earned the distinction of being arguably the greatest hitter to ever play professional baseball. To this day, he's the only player to ever finish a season with a batting average above .400 (.406 in 1941). Upon retiring in 1960, Williams finished his career as a 19-time All-Star, two-time AL MVP, two-time Triple Crown winner and six-time AL batting champion. He also still holds the MLB record for career on-base percentage (.482). Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. A few decades later, in 1991, President George H. W. Bush presented Williams with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian award given to citizens in the US.

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