Babe Ruth’s earliest known jersey already at record $1.528 million during auction ending Saturday


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A Yankees’ Babe Ruth jersey from 1920 — just after he was purchased from the Boston Red Sox, and once displayed at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore — has reached a record $1,528,993 during bidding at SCP Auctions that ends this weekend.


The Ruth “New York” wool jersey has already eclipsed the record for a game-worn jersey sale and could pass the $2.8 million paid in 2007 for a pristine T-206 Honus Wagner tobacco baseball card, said SCP Auctions president said David Kohler. There have been 18 bids submitted as of this morning.

The Robb Report pointed out that when Ruth was sold to the Yankees in December, 1919, the price was $125,000 — equal to about $1.6 million in today’s figures.

Lot No. 741 (linked here), which was before players wore numbers and is stitched with Ruth’s name on the collar, will run through Saturday.


SCP Auctions (linked here), which recently handled the sale of the Kirk Gibson 1988 bat and jersey from the Game 1 World Series home run and the last bat used by Lou Gehrig to hit a home run, is also auctioning the Ruth’s 1930s Yankees game-worn cap owned (and worn in a game) by former Yankees’ pitcher David Wells. That is currently at $208,868 but it has not reached its reserve price (linked here).

The auction also includes an extensive baseball collection of nearly 500 cards owned by the Detroit Tigers’ Dmitri Young, which ends Friday. Young’s collection includes what’s said to be the only 1955 Roberto Clemente Topps rookie card ever graded PSA 10 Gem Mint ($185,030) (linked here).

The sale includes a 1954 Hank Aaron Topps Rookie card PSA 10 Gem Mint ($139,015) and the only 1963 Pete Rose Topps rookie card ever graded PSA 10 Gem Mint ($98,525).

Young collected every Baseball Hall of Fame rookie card from 1948 to 1990, as well as other well-known rookies, and wants part of the auction proceeds to go to the Dmitri D. Young Foundation that will host baseball and softball camps and clinics, support of Boys and Girls Clubs and sponsor programs and scholarships for student athletes and their families in Ventura County.

The auction also includes the cap worn by Bobby Thomson in 1951 when he hit his “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” home run for the New York Giants against the Brooklyn Dodgers (current high bid: $74,022) and a 1938 Babe Ruth Brooklyn Dodgers game-word road uniform (current high bid: $73,205)

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