Bidding for the jersey being offered in the Babe Ruth Collection Auction has reached $1.1 million but it’s expected to go much higher once action gets serious later this week.
The 1928-1930 era flannel button-down is one of only a small number of Ruth jerseys that have survived and could make a run at the record for a single piece of sports memorabilia when the auction concludes Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
The jersey and a Ruth game bat on which he carved a notch every time he hit a home run are expected to be the top two sellers in the sale, which is being conducted by Hunt Auctions in partnership with Ruth family members, who’ve held the items for decades. Not every item in the auction is from the family, but those with that provenance are coming to auction for the first time.
Teammate photographs signed to him, one of his old suitcases, furniture and even a pair of stuffed alligators are among the hundreds of items in the eclectic catalog.
The auction is getting plenty of publicity. On Monday, Hunt Auctions President David Hunt and The Babe’s granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, appeared on CNBC.
Fox Business News also hosted a segment on the Ruth auction, which you can see here.
Pre-bidding is underway now at HuntAuctions.com.