Over 700 pieces of baseball memorabilia went on the block before a live audience in Louisville Saturday with Babe Ruth’s 702nd home run ball soaring to $264,500 before the gavel fell.
The ball, signed by Ruth after that July game in Chicago, easily topped all items sold in the 7th annual Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum event conducted by Hunt Auctions.
The ball had been in the same family of the man who obtained it since that time and bore a black mark, presumably where the ball hit in the stands. The $264,500 realized price includes a 15% buyer’s premium. In a bit of irony, Ruth’s 702nd home run bat was sold the same day by SCP Auctions.
Among the other items sold Saturday was a bat signed by Cy Young and attributed to the first ever World Series in 1903. Adorned with a silver identifying plate added when Young gave it to Baseball Magazine in 1948, the bat sold for $138,000.
“We had some amazing results today,” Hunt Auctions’ president David Hunt told the Louisville Courier-Journal.
A photograph signed to Joe DiMaggio by Marilyn Monroe during the time of their marriage, bought $63,250.
A collection of items from the collection of former major leaguer Vada Pinson was highlighted by his 1961 Gold Glove award which brought $14,950.
A 2009 New York Yankees World Series ring sold for $31,684; a 1927 St. Louis Cardinals jersey, possibly attributed to Pepper Martin, brought $23,000, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, graded SGC 80, went for $19,550 and a Ruth/Lou Gehrig autographed baseball, was sold for $10,752.