Top 10 Most Expensive Baseball Memorabilia Ever Sold

  1. Hank Aaron’s 755th Home Run Ball: $650,000

Hank Aaron still holds several world records, such as the most All-Star Game Selections at 75 and the most seasons as an All-Star at 21. This ball was used for his last home run, number 755th, in 1976. 20 years later, the ball was sold for a sum of $650,000.

Hank Aaron’s 755th Home Run Ball: $650,000

  1. Babe Ruth’s 1933 Jersey: $657,250

Babe Ruth is quite possibly one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and by the time you’ve reached the end of this list you’ll be more than convinced. 1933 is said to be Ruth’s most iconic year, hitting 34 home runs. That’s why his 1933 Jersey sold at auction for $657,250.

Babe Ruth’s 1933 Jersey: $657,250

  1. Babe Ruth’s 1934 World Tour Uniform: $771,000

Usually when collectors are looking to purchase an item of athlete’s clothing, they like to go for something that is a little more well-worn and tied to a significant event. But in this case this uniform hadn’t been worn that often, which fortunately meant that its condition was quite mint. Not only did this mean that it was still of decent value, but that it actually went for a higher value than a number of other items of Ruth’s uniforms. In 2005 it was sold by Mastro Auctions for $771,000.

Babe Ruth’s 1934 World Tour Uniform: $771,000

  1. Babe Ruth Signed 1933 All-Star Game Home Run Ball: $805,000

July 6th 1933 – Ruth takes his stand in front of an eagerly waiting crowd of 49,200 at Comiskey Park. Then he hits two home runs, and this was the ball behind the win. At this point Ruth had earned a celebrity status and so the ball was instantly a valuable collectible.

Babe Ruth Signed 1933 All-Star Game Home Run Ball: $805,00

  1. Babe Ruth’s 1932 Jersey: $940,000

 What makes this Jersey more iconic than others? Well, in the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs, the scores were tied at 4-4. Ruth pointed to a sport in the bleachers and then when he hit the ball it went to the exact spot he had been pointing at, earning him his 15th home run that year.

Babe Ruth’s 1932 Jersey: $940,000

  1. Babe Ruth’s 1919 Yankees’ Contract: $996,000

We’re starting to see a lot of Babe Ruth on this list, and this is probably one of the most important transfer documents of all times. When the Yankees traded with the Red Sox for Ruth in 1919 for $100,000, it was a turning point in not only Ruth’s career, but in the history of baseball. The following year, Ruth hit 54 home runs in his first season with the Yankees.

Babe Ruth’s 1919 Yankees’ Contract: $996,000

  1. Babe Ruth’s 1923 First Yankee Stadium Home Run Bat: $1.3 million

 If you were to look this bat up in the Guinness Book of World Records, you’d find it under “The Most Expensive Bat of all Time.” It was used at the original Yankee Stadium for the first ever game there. And to top it all off, the bat hit a home run in said game. Therefore, the bat was sold in New York by Sotheby’s for a lovely $1.3 million.

Babe Ruth’s 1923 First Yankee Stadium Home Run Bat: $1.3 million

  1. Honus Wagner 1909 Baseball Card: $2.8 million

 Wagner, also known as ‘The Flying Dutchman’, had a baseball career for 21 years, and is still regarded as one of the greatest baseball players in history. He was also the first of five members to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But the card isn’t just valuable due to the man behind it, it’s also very rare. Wagner refused to allow the American Tobacco Company to feature him, in an attempt to stop children buying cigarettes. This crisp-condition 107 year-old baseball card thus sold for $2.8 million in 2007.

Honus Wagner 1909 Baseball Card: $2.8 million

  1. Mark McGwire’s 70th Home Run Ball: $3 million

Mark McGwire is famous for his record-breaking abilities. He set the record for the most single-season home runs in history at that time at a whopping 70! He also set the record for the highest bats per home run ratio in history – a home run once per 10.61 bats.

Mark McGwire’s 70th Home Run Ball: $3 million

  1. Babe Ruth 1920 Jersey: $4.4 million

Babe Ruth’s jersey took to auction in 2012, fetching a hefty $1.4 Million. Why? Well, this jersey is considered the most desirable baseball artifact in history, and has even had a home at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum for some time. Ruth wore many jerseys throughout his baseball career, but the reason for this one being so special is that it is the oldest known New York Yankees jersey that Ruth had worn. He first wore the jersey in 1920, and now nearly a century later, both Ruth and the jersey’s legacy lives on.

Babe Ruth 1920 Jersey: $4.4 million

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