Fans and collectors spent big money on the first day of the MLB All Star FanFest auction.
Someone had a hankering for Babe Ruth’s cap.
Someone else preferred a 1978 World Series trophy made especially for Thurman Munson.
Both buyers had money and were willing to spend it on some slices of New York baseball history.
The two items alone brought a combined $534,000 at the Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest auction on Monday. The sale, conducted by Hunt Auctions at the Javits Center, is being spread over two days. Over 400 items were sold on day one including vintage Ruth memorabilia and the collection consigned by Thurman Munson’s widow.
The cap, given to a Cleveland bar owner years ago, is one of three surviving game used Ruth Yankee hats believed to exist. It sold for $327,750 including the 15% buyer’s premium added by Hunt.
Among the other Ruth items sold were an autographed bat, circa 1924, that was originally presented to actress Tessa Kosta. Ties to the curse of the Bambino pushed the bat to a selling price of $195,500. A baseball signed on the same panel by Ruth and Lou Gehrig brought $23,000 while a panoramic photo from the 1933 All Star game in which Gehrig and Ruth both participated, sold for $26,450.
Munson’s family parted with many of the late Yankee catcher’s baseball memorabilia they had saved since his 1979 mid-season death, including his last home uniform. It brought $86,250. A 1979 Munson road jersey went for $35,650.
Munson’s awards drew the most attention from bidders who participated in the live sale. The former team captain’s ’78 World Series trophy, an exact copy of the one presented to the team, sold for $207,000. His 1977 World Series ring gave a boost to that collecting genre when it was not hammered down until bidding had reached $143,750. Munson’s 1976 AL Championship ring brought $84,250, while his 1978 All-Star ring was purchased for $36,800. Munson’s 1974 Gold Glove award sold for $51,750 and his 1970 Rookie of the Year plaque brought a winning bid of $46,000.
Other results from the auction included:
- 1960 Mickey Mantle World Series game used bat $46,000
- 1917 White Sox autographed baseball with Joe Jackson $29,900
- 1908 A’s team photo with Jackson $27,600
- 1960s Roberto Clemente warm-up jacket $25,300
- 1977 Birdie Tebbetts World Series ring $23,000
- 1932 Yankees autographed baseball $21,850
- Munson game-used bat $19,550
Part II of the auction takes place Tuesday with memorabilia from Yankees’ Hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford on the block.
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