MEARS Online Auctions has achieved what it says are two record prices for baseball memorabilia.
A 1927 Lou Gehrig model game bat offered in the company’s last monthly auction sold for $225,000, the most ever paid for a non-side written bat originating with the Yankee Hall of Famer while a 1969 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs jersey brought $168,728, setting a new mark for a Banks jersey.
Currently weighing 35.3 ounces, the bat is most consistent with the lower range of bats ordered by Gehrig during the era.
Among members of the 500 home run club, Banks game worn jerseys are the third hardest to obtain behind only pre-War Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx.
According to MEARS, there is only one additional known Banks home jersey, and two road examples have entered the hobby, with one or both possibly having been cut up for use on trading cards.
The 1969 season was bittersweet for Cubs fans. Banks, edging closer to the 500 home run milestone, helped the team lead the National League East race until they were overtaken by the upstart “Amazin’ Mets” over the season’s final days.