Babe Ruth Jersey sells for $4.4 million setting new Sports Memorabilia Record
To say ‘Babe Ruth’ is to say ‘Baseball’. Despite passing over more than 63 years ago and last playing nearly 75 years ago, George Herman Ruth, popularly known as ‘Babe’ Ruth still remains the greatest figure in Major League Baseball history. So far, Babe Ruth also nicknamed the ‘bambino’ and the ‘Sultan of Swat’, continues to be the benchmark by which all other players are measured. Not surprisingly, Babe Ruth collectibles are also considered the most desired in all of sports, and his legend has spread through his number of extremely collectible memorabilia’s, featured in our comprehensive list of world’s most expensive sports memorabilia. This true American baseball icon is still shattering records at the auction blocks, as his circa 1920 New York Yankees jersey, the oldest known to have been worn by the Bambino, got sold for a world-record price of $4.41 million, at the auction held by SCP Auctions.
Reportedly, the $4.41 million price broke all the earlier sports memorabilia records and surpassed the record price of $4.3 million, set in 2010 for the original documents of the James Naismith’s 13 founding basketball rules. Lelands.com, a memorabilia auction house submitted the winning bid and purchased the Ruth’s jersey, which had been on display at Baltimore’s The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, for years.
Further, a spokeswoman for Lelands.com, Suzan French said the company has plans to sell the jersey privately rather than to re-auction it.
With New York written across the front, the Hall of Fame slugger wore this jersey for a short while after he got sold by the Boston Red Sox to New York Yankees for $100,000.
Also, according to the SCP Auctions, several other notable memorabilia items fetched hefty prices, including the Ruth’s 1930s Yankees cap owned by former major league pitcher David Wells sold for whopping $537,278 and the 1924-28 Ruth H&B professional model game-used bat got sold for $591,007, to name a few.