Mantle Jersey, Ruth Bat Pace Auction

1952 Mickey Mantle game-worn jersey A 1952 Mickey Mantle game-worn jersey and a ‘home run notch’ bat used by Babe Ruth were the top selling items in Grey Flannel Auctions’ latest sale.

A 1952 Mickey Mantle autographed jersey sold for $188,318 early Thursday morning when Grey Flannel Auctions closed out its Summer Games 2009 auction.

Described as the earliest known Mantle pinstriped flannel on the market, the jersey drew 10 bids. The final price included the company’s 20% buyer’s premium.

Memorabilia from another Yankee great also pushed well into six figures. A Home run notches from Babe Ruth bat 1926-29 era Babe Ruth game-used bat, one of only four known examples in the hobby that carry the Babe’s personally carved notches in the barrel, sold for $155,628.

Ruth was known to have carved small notches in some of his bats to indicate the number of home runs he’d swatted with that particular piece of lumber. Ruth hit plenty in the latter half of the 1920s, averaging nearly 52 per season. The bat drew 11 bids from some heavy hitters in the sports memorabilia market.

Vintage basketball jerseys also attracted a lot of interest in the sale, paced by a 1979 Pete Maravich All-Star jersey that brought a final realized price of $48,884 and a 1975-76 Dan Issel Denver Nuggets ABA road jersey, which changed hands at $44,427.

Other highlights from the auction included:

  • 1971 Tom Seaver New York Mets game-worn home uniform $41,434
  • 1973-74 Willis Reed New York Knicks home jersey $39,930
  • 1974 Dave Cowens game-worn home jersey $24,450
  • 1973-74 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins road jersey with team repair $20,722
  • 1996 Derek Jeter Yankees game-worn, autographed jersey $15,187
  • 1983 Baltimore Orioles World Series ring (Benny Ayala) $13,804

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