Major League Baseball is putting game-used World Series items into its auction not long after their use on the field.
While MLB Auction has been around for several years, fans and collectors usually had to wait several days—or longer—to see items from special events come up for bid. During Tuesday night’s extra-inning duel between the Mets and Royals, however, they were tweeting out images of memorabilia with links to listings for those items that were already live.
The first big moment was the inside-the-park home run by Alcides Escobar, the first in the World Series since Mule Haas in 1929.
Within an hour, MLB had not only ripped up the bases and put one up for auction…
— MLB (@MLB) October 28, 2015
…it also had the actual ball Escobar hit.
As of Wednesday evening, the high bid had topped $3,000.
Striking while the proverbial iron is hot is smart, of course and bids for some of the game-used baseballs would seem to bear that out.
MLB was also offering random game-used balls from the Series for $799 and bases for $2,999 but you had to either have them delivered to your seat during the game or pick them up from the host team.
If your budget leans more to the ordinary, you can own the official game programs (national, Mets and Royals versions) for under 20 bucks here.