Top 10: Babe Ruth memorabilia
10) 1927 game-used Babe Ruth bat - $388,375
The only 1927 Babe Ruth game used bat to remain in private hands sold at Heritage Auctions in August 2012 for $338,375. It was described as one of Ruth’s favourite bats from the 1927 ‘Murderer’s Row’ New York Yankees campaign, a time forever associated with the beginning of the Babe Ruth team.
The price was matched at the same auction by the “finest Babe Ruth single signed baseball known”, and the highest-graded in PSA/DNA history. Gifted by Ruth’s widow to the Hollywood publicist William Stoll for his work on the 1948 film ‘The Babe Ruth Story’, the ball was graded Mint+ 9.5 and regarded as the finest the hobby has ever seen.
9) The 1914 Babe Ruth Baltimore News SGC 40 card - $517,000
The 1914 baseball card is the first to feature Ruth and shows him during his Minor League days with the Baltimore Orioles, before making it to the Majors with the Boston Red Sox.
The card became the second most expensive trading card ever sold at auction in 2007, when it sold at Robert Edward Auctions for $517,000.
8) Ruth’s first 1918 Hillerich & Bradsby bat - $537,750
The first Hillerich & Bradsby bat ever used by Babe Ruth was the model on which all his future bats were based.
He chose it from a selection by the company and used it during the Boston Red Sox’ 1918 World Series winning season. The bat was sold at a Heritage Auction in 2009 for a price of $537,750.
7) Ruth’s 1933 All-Star game jersey - $657,250
The jersey worn by Ruth during the inaugural 1933 All-Star game is one of only five game worn Ruth jerseys in existence.
In October 2006 it became one of the world’s most valuable baseball jerseys when it was sold during a Heritage auction for a price of $657,250.
6) Ruth's 1934 Yankees Japanese tour jersey - $771,000
The game-worn jersey used by Ruth during the Yankees' 1934 Barnstorming exhibition tour of Japan is one of the few to remain from the famous tour. It was sold by Mastro Auctions in August 2005 for a price of $771,000.
5) Home run ball from the first 1933 All-Stars game - $805,000
The ball hit by Ruth for the first home run of the inaugural All-Star game in 1933 at Comiskey Park in Chicago sold in July 2006 for $805,000.
The sale was conducted by Hunt Auctions, with the ball being sold by the family of Earl Brown who originally caught the ball in 1933 and later had it signed by Ruth.
4) Ruth’s 1932 “Called Shot” Yankees jersey - $940,000
This jersey was the one worn by Ruth during the 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field, when he famously called his home run by pointing to the center-field bleachers before hitting it there.
It was sold in June 2005 at a Grey Flannel Auctions sale for a price of $940,000.
3) Ruth’s 1919 New York Yankees contract - $996,000
The contract that took Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees in December 1919 is the most expensive baseball document of its kind.
It was sold by Sotheby’s in New York in June 2005 for $996,000 to Gotta Have It! Owner Peter Siegel, who described it as “an historical jewel, a diamond”.
2) Ruth’s 1923 Louisville Slugger bat - $1,265,000
The legendary bat used by Babe Ruth to hit the first ever home-run at Yankee Stadium is one of the most prized pieces of baseball memorabilia. Ruth used the solid ash wood bat during the first game at the stadium on April 18, 1923, and hit three home runs in a 4-1 defeat of the Boston Red Sox.
The bat used to hit the first of these home runs was sold by Sotheby’s in December 2004 for a record price of $1,265,000.
1) Babe Ruth jersey circa 1920 - $4.4 million
A Babe Ruth 1920s road jersey reached the highest amount ever paid for any items of sports memorabilia when it sold for $4,415,658 at an SCP Auctions sale in May 2012. This was the earliest known jersey of Babe Ruth, dating from his first term with the New York Yankees.
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