Top 5 most expensive items of baseball memorabilia

This week, Paul Fraser Collectibles takes a look at some of the most expensive pieces of baseball memorabilia ever sold...

5) Babe Ruth 1932 World Series New York Yankees Jersey - $940,000

This New York Yankees jersey worn by Babe Ruth was first sold privately in 1991 for $150,000. It was sold again in 1999 for $284,000.

Later, research indicated that the jersey originated from the 1932 World Series, driving the price up even higher when it sold for $940,000 in June 2005.

4) Babe Ruth New York Yankees contract - $996,000

This five-page agreement shows the terms by which Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee agreed to sell the services of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. The agreed price was $100,000 to be paid in four annual instalments between 1919 and 1922.

 

Babe Ruth's New York Yankees contract sold for $996,000 in 2005
Babe Ruth's New York Yankees contract sold for $996,000 in 2005

The contract was sold for $996,000 by Sotheby's New York in June 2005.

3) Babe Ruth Louisville Slugger bat - $1.26m

This Louisville Slugger bat was used by Babe Ruth to hit the first home run at the Yankee Stadium on its grand opening on April 18 1923.

 

$1.26m bat used by Babe Ruth
$1.26m bat used by Babe Ruth

The bat sold for $1.26m in 2004 at a Sotheby's auction in New York.

2) Honus Wagner 1909 - 1911 T206 card - $2.8m

The most expensive baseball card in the world is the Honus Wagner 1909-1911 T206 card.A PSA 8 graded example of the card, thought to be the highest-graded example in the world, was bought by Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick for $2.8m.

1) Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball - $3m

The most expensive item of baseball memorabilia ever sold at auction is the baseball hit by Mark McGwire for his 70th home run in a single season in 1998.

The ball was purchased by comic book creator Todd Macfarlane for just over $3m in 1999.


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