Ruth Sing Sing Bat Brings $126,500 at FanFest Auction

A bat used by Babe Ruth to hit a mammoth home run during a 1929 exhibition game at New York’s Sing Sing Prison sold for $126,500 at the All Star FanFest Auction in Phoenix Tuesday afternoon.

Sing Sing Prison Babe Ruth used batOnline bidding stopped at $68,600 for the bat, but the live portion of the annual auction brought the wealthy bidders to the forefront.  Entering the market for the first time, the bat generated substantial publicity in the days leading up to the auction’s close.

The auction was held just prior to the All-Star Game.  Final prices include the company’s 15% buyer’s premium.

A Jackie Robinson bat from the collection of Brooklynite Margaret Chandler, attributed to his historic rookie season of 1947, also garnered substantial interest.  It closed at $97,950.

A Ruth/Lou Gehrig signed baseball also got a lot of looks thanks in part to its outstanding condition and provenance.  It sold for $33,350.

World Series signed jersey Curt SchillingRoberto Clemente’s 2999th hit bat and a large group of items from Curt Schilling’s personal collection were also on the block.

The Clemente bat sold for $51,750.  Schilling’s 2007 World Series home jersey, signed by the pitcher, brought $17,250.  Schilling’s autographed Sadaharu Oh baseball went for $18,400.

Other items sold included:

  • 1924 Heinie Groh World Tour uniform  $40,250
  • 1908 Cubs World Series pendant presented to executive Charles Williams $34,500
  • Grover Cleveland Alexander 1950 signed black & white Hall of Fame postcard $29,900
  • 1960s Roberto Clemente Pirates game used cap  $25,300
  • Mickey Mantle 1960s pro model bat  $21,850
  • Salesman’s sample full-size Yankees World Series trophy $21,850

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