Photo Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
The legacy of George Herman “Babe” Ruth, arguably the greatest baseball player to have ever lived remains a home run in the field of sports memorabilia and collectibles. Two items associated with Ruth, a game-used bat from 1927 and the highest graded Babe Ruth-signed baseball known were the highest priced lots sold at Heritage Auction’s Platinum Night Sports auction at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, last week. It was a double play of sorts, as both ball and bat sold at $388,375 apiece.
“The Babe is still the gold-standard in the hobby,” said Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions for Hermitage. “It’s not surprising that these pieces would bring such a premium. They’re among the ultimate Ruth artifacts.”