It was no secret Kris Bryant had the tools to be a very good Major League Baseball player. To lead the Cubs into the World Series before he turned 25? That was something for the mind to imagine. But as Cubs fans learned last fall, even the most impossible dreams do come true.
Cubs fans and collectors have shown little willpower when it comes to memorabilia associated with the team’s first World Series title in over 100 years. Now, the bat Bryant used to collect the first World Series hit of his career, one that led to the Cubs’ first run in the Fall Classic since 1945, is on the auction block and could fetch $30,000 or more.
The Consignment of the Week from Heritage Auctions is the Chandler Model KB17 that Bryant used October 25 in Cleveland when he singled off Trevor Bauer in the first inning. Bryant’s hit jump-started the Cubs offense, which had been shut out in Game 1. He would score on a double by Anthony Rizzo and Chicago went on to win 5-1 to even the series.
Signed and inscribed in silver ink, it includes a hologram from Major League Baseball and Fanatics Authentic, which has an exclusive memorabilia deal with the young third baseman.
All key specs are stamped into the barrel below Bryant’s facsimile signature, including caliper readings, production date (09-18-16) and length and weight (34/31). The knob bears notations reading, “KB17, 17, 34, 30.8,” while the cupped barrel end repeats Bryant’s jersey number.
The bat has been given a GU10 rating by PSA/DNA. As of this writing, the high bid was $15,000.
It’s one of the items in the Sports Collectibles Catalog auction underway through May 13 at HA.com.