The jersey, once worn by the The Babe when he was just a baseball rookie, is going on the block next month and apparently there is not a mustard stain to be seen.
“We’ve been in this business for 30 years, and this is simply the finest piece we’ve ever handled,’ said Dan Imler, managing director of SCP Auctions in Laguna Nigel, Calif. “We could be in business for another 30 years and never handle another piece like this.”
The 92-year-old professional-grade wool flannel jersey has enough soiling, stains and fabric repairs to establish that its owner tumbled after fly balls and slid into second base. More often he trotted around the bases in his signature choppy steps.
Steve Garvey, who starred for the Dodgers playing first base from 1969 to 1982, is battling prostate cancer.
The 64-year-old couched the announcement in a press release for an upcoming memorabilia auction. Garvey, Rollie Fingers, Bret Saberhagen and basketball star John Havlicek will be auctioning items from their personal collections online beginning April10.
The gloves that Muhammad Ali wore in his Feb. 25, 1964 bout against Sonny Liston, when he was known as Cassius Clay and won the heavyweight championship for the first time, and the gloves that he wore in his first fight of his epic trilogy with Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971, each sold for $385,848 in bidding that concluded Saturday.
SCP Auctions says more than 140 items from Julius Erving’s personal collection sold for a record $3.5 million. The auction ran from October until Sunday.
The original center court jump circle from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion has netted $325,085 at auction. SCP Auctions said Sunday that it’s the most someone has ever paid for any piece of college basketball memorabilia.
The Great One is still setting records. Wayne Gretzky’s NHL rookie card earned $94,163 at an online sports memorabilia auction Sunday. SCP Auctions says that’s the highest price ever paid for a hockey card.
The bat Kirk Gibson used for his historic home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1988 World Series sold for $575,912.40 early Sunday in SCP Auctions’ October/November auction.
Memories are priceless, but the tools used to create them, at least in the case of one iconic home run, are worth a hefty sum.
The bat Kirk Gibson used to hit his legendary home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series was sold for $575,912 at an auction that wrapped up early Sunday, according to KTLA News. Gibson’s jersey from the same game went for $303,277. The items were among the offerings at SCP Auctions’ October-November auction.