The $4.4 million Babe Ruth jersey will soon be on the move again. The early 1920s Yankee flannel purchased at auction in May by Lelands on behalf of a bidder whose name still hasn’t been revealed publicly, will be on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention.
The jersey, now the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever, will leave its new home at the Baseball Hall of Fame and take up residence in a display case at the auction company’s booth in Baltimore August 1-5.
“Babe Ruth is the king of all sports, the most iconic figure in sports history,” said Mike Heffner, president of Lelands.com. “We are ecstatic with the new owner’s decision to share this very rare, very special and very important piece of sports memorabilia with fans who would never otherwise have the opportunity to see it in person.”
The jersey had previously been displayed at The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore before the former owner, also a mystery, consigned it to SCP Auctions.
We’re told “an avid collector and baseball lover” bought the jersey after one of the most high-profile and competitive auctions in the marketplace. The buyer immediately had it shipped to Cooperstown, where it is expected to stay on loan.
The Bambino’s jersey will be under guard for the duration of the NSCC show.