Baseball is America’s pastime and has been part of the American experience since the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first professional baseball team in 1869. Since then, collecting baseball memorabilia has been a favorite hobby for many. For children, collecting baseball cards is often one of the first ventures into the joy of collecting. From cards to jerseys to game balls, people take pride in their baseball memorabilia.
Common Cents Coins + Collectibles buys and sells sports memorabilia and we invite you to stop into our shop in Milford, Ohio to browse our inventory or have your items appraised. If you aren’t in the Cincinnati area, you can view sports memorabilia for sale on our eBay store. You’ll find photos, details and prices of our current inventory and we offer a no-hassle return policy. If you want more information about anything you see, please give us a call at 513-576-1189. We are happy to answer your questions!
From Babe Ruth to Mark McGwire – These Items Fetched Millions
Although your collection may not contain an item worth millions, you can dream about owning a piece of American sports history. Here we highlight the top five baseball memorabilia items purchased.
The most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold – baseball or otherwise – is Babe Ruth’s jersey. In 2012, it sold for a whopping $4.4 million. It had been displayed for years at The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore but was purchased by Lelands, a sports auction house that planned to sell it to a private collector. Although the current owner of this jersey is unknown, you can see another Babe Ruth jersey at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
The second most expensive baseball memorabilia item bears a name that many won’t recognize. Honus Wagner was a legendary shortstop who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1900-1917. In 2016, his card sold for $3.12 million. Wagner demanded his cards be pulled from circulation when they were being included in cigarette packs in the early 1900s. This made it a rare card and one that became coveted by collectors including the famous hockey player, Wayne Gretzky, who owned it for a time.
The third item is more recent in baseball history and marks an event many remember. In 1998, Mark McGwire made the record books when he hit 70 home runs in a single season. The 70th home run ball sold for $3 million at auction in 1999 to Todd McFarlane, creator of “Spawn” comic books.
Babe Ruth makes the list again in the fourth spot with his bat which sold for $1.265 million. In 1923, the Yankees were playing the Boston Red Sox for the grand opening of Yankee Stadium. Ruth used the bat to hit the very first home run there.
The fifth item again belongs to Babe Ruth – this time it’s his 1919 Yankees contract, which sold for $996,000.
Come see us at Common Cents Coins + Collectibles where we buy, sell and appraise sports memorabilia. Our staff has over 50 years of combined experience and a reputation for excellent customer service. Please give us a call at 513-576-1189, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop into our Milford, Ohio location.