If there is something that history has taught us is that you can’t rule out the world of possibilities. Over the years sports personalities and celebrities have made billions of dollars after their death. The most hit industry has been the baseball sports industry. With cards ranging from a century ago, many players have made a killing while gone. Below are five of the most expensive memorabilia in baseball.
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Top 5 Most Expensive Baseball Memorabilia
Babe Ruth’s New York Yankees Jersey
It doesn’t awe many when they realize that the sultan of swat appears top of the “food chain.” The great Bambino made a name for himself over the course of his 22-year career on MLB. His record as the player with the most seasons and highest homeruns over that period still stands today. His gigantic nature allowed him to make massive hits thereby giving him several nicknames. His New York Jersey remains one of the most expensive baseball memorabilia to be sold until today. It is reportedly thought to have been worth 4,415, 658 dollars.
Mark McGwire’s 70th Home Run Ball
Not many players have been able to make as many homeruns as Mark McGwire. In 1998, Mark McGwire made his 70th homerun of his career. After bouncing over two co-workers, the ball was caught by a Canadian – Phil Ozersky who earned 30,000 a year. The cardinals requested Phil for the ball and in return, he would get a signed jersey, ball and bat, but Phil wanted to meet Mark McGwire. To which he refused. Three months later Phil Ozersky sold the ball to Todd McFarlene a comic and toy maker for 3.05 million dollars.
Honus Wagner’s Baseball Card
Considered the epitome of baseball cards the Honus Wagner exceeded many critics’ minds by selling at 2.1 million dollars. The American Tobacco Company produced cards belonging to Honus Wagner without his approval. On realizing, he had the company recall them. It is currently thought that there are only less than 50 cards in the market. This has made the price skyrocket since the demand is high but the supply is low.
Babe Ruth’s Bat
The Great Bambino appears in almost every memorabilia because of his enormous achievements in the world of Baseball. On the 28th April of 1923, Babe Ruth made his first homerun against the Boston Red Sox. Later, Babe Ruth awarded a newspaper firm – the Los Angeles Evening Herald. The firm later supported a High School tournament in which Victor Orswatti won the hitting contest. Upon his death in 1980, Victor gave the bat to his caretaker. In 2004, 24 years later after Victor Orswatti’s death, the caretaker gave the bat to SCP to auction. The bat sold for 1.265 million dollars. Babe Ruth had inscribed the following words on the bat “To the Boy Home Run King of Los Angeles ‘Babe’ Ruth, N.Y. May 7, 1923.”
Babe Ruth’s Contract
Over the course of history, Babe Ruth had played for several teams – New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Atalanta Braves. His contract that was signed with Boston Red Sox was worth 5000 dollars which was a significant amount in 1918, but a century later the contract sold out for 1.020,000 dollars. Until today the contract buyer has remained anonymous.
Over the course of time we have witnessed several mind-blowing facts and though some may seem normal, the above five memorabilia have remained on everyone’s lips. It is no secret that Ruth has made history with a collection of memorabilia that surpass financial thoughts, but to the same degree, he managed to awe fans with his powerful hits. If you want to know more about expensive baseball memorabilia then read this article.
Author: Mike Trout
John Mike Trout is an American Professional Baseball player. He was born California. John Mike is a 2 MLB All-Star. He loves to write about baseball.