A new season has begun but there’s still plenty of money being thrown at the last one.
One of the first major relics from the Chicago Cubs’ first World Series championship since 1908 went for a huge price Monday night. The first base bag from the 9th and 10th innings of Game 7—the one Anthony Rizzo’s foot touched as the Cubs clinched—sold for $101,237 via MLB Auctions.
The dirtied base was the top item in an ongoing series of listings from the Chicago-Cleveland series.
The auction opened April 10 and likely thanks in part to a heavy dose of local publicity in Chicago, bidding for first base quickly rushed into five figures, then soared by $70,000 over the final two days of bidding to reach six figures. There was no immediate word on the buyer’s identity.
Seeing the potential value of game-used items, especially from historic events, teams typically change all three bases several times throughout a game.
A base used during part of Game 5, which resulted in the Cubs’ first World Series win at Wrigley Field since 1945, had rocketed to $43,025. The third highest priced item was the on-deck circle used by the Cubs during the games that were played in Cleveland. It sold for $40,575