Babe Ruth Baseball Jersey Sells for $4.4M At Auction
Anyone who is a fan of baseball still gets chills when the name Babe Ruth is mentioned. His first season at the New York Yankees in 1920 is legendary. He batted .376, hit 54 home runs and drove in 137 runs - a remarkable record. In that year attendances at the Polo Grounds more than doubled to 1.29 million. It began a legend that still holds the New York Yankees as one of the most well known baseball teams in the world and began a real dynasty for the organization.
During that memorable season Babe Ruth wore a gray wool road jersey in games against teams such as Boston, St Louis, Cleveland and the three other American League cities. Faded but still visible is the name of baseballs Hall of Fame hero "Ruth. G.H." The prized short still ears hallmarks of the sweat and grit that Babe Ruth used to create a record-winning season. The trademark NEW YORK letters emblazoned across the chest obviously have seen close hand history in the making.
Recently at auction the Babe Ruth baseball jersey created another record. The Baseball jersey sold for $4.4M (€3.4 million) nearly quadruple any other Babe Ruth item that has sold before. The closest being the Babe Ruth bat he used to hit his first home run at Yankee Stadium on 18th April 1923, which went for just over $1.2 Million. “To see this jersey bring in $4.4 million is shocking,” said Leila Dunbar, an appraiser and former Sotheby’s executive whose specialties include sports memorabilia. “The record for a Ruth jersey before was $1.025 million. For some reason, there’s been a dramatic rise in the value of jerseys the past year.” The closest any baseball memorabilia has come to this figure would be Mark McGuire's record 70th home run ball in 1998 for #3 million.
Babe Ruth is one of the most iconic sportsmen who will always cause a stir when an item of his appears on the auction circuit. A true baseball legend that created history long before al the troubles baseball has faced in recent times with drugs and strikes. You can be certain that the only thing you can guarantee in the world of sport is that Babe Ruth Sports Memorabilia will only keep increasing in value throughout time. A great investment if you can find that kind of money!