Babe Ruth Jersey Breaks The Record And Sells For $4.4 million
Like the Babe says in the kids movie, The Sandlot, “heroes get remembered, but legends never die”. Well, The Bambino was enough of a legend that a jersey he wore was sold for more than $4.4 million Sunday, a record for any item of sports memorabilia, according to the buyer and seller.
The circa 1920 New York Yankees uniform top is the earliest known jersey worn by Ruth and it fetched $4,415,658 at the company’s April auction, which ended Sunday. That price broke the previous record of $4,338,500 set in 2010 for James Naismith’s founding rules of basketball. That’s right a sweaty jersey sold more than the 10 commandments of basketball.
In addition, Ruth’s 1934 New York Yankees cap that was owned by former major league pitcher David Wells sold for $537,278 at auction. The colorful Wells bought the cap for about $30,000 from a collector and famously paid homage to his idol by wearing it on the mound with the Yankees during a game on June 28, 1997.
Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor’s New York Giants Super Bowl ring from the 1990 season went for $230,401.
This proves again that Babe Ruth is `king’ in the sports memorabilia world.
Other auction highlights included:
• 1924-28 Babe Ruth H&B professional model game-used bat ($591,007).
• 1968 Mickey Mantle autographed New York Yankees game-worn road jersey ($366,967).
• Circa 1931 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees game-worn home jersey ($275,706).
• Bobby Thomson’s 1951 “Shot Heard `Round the World” cap ($173,102).
• Jackie Robinson 1950 All-Star game professional model bat ($133,234).