David Wells is going to see a nice return on his initial investment in that 1930s Babe Ruth Yankees cap he’s consigned to auction.
Fifteen years ago, the retired pitcher paid $35,000 for the decades old flannel head topper donned by the Babe. As part of a collection downsizing/fundraising effort, Wells consigned the cap to SCP Auctions’ latest catalog sale where it’s already sitting at nearly $190,000 with 13 days left to bid. The reserve hasn’t been met, but it’s probably safe to say bidding will eventually cover it.
Wells added to the lore to the lid on June 28, 1997. In homage to his idol, Wells snuck the cap onto his head when he took the mound at Yankee Stadium against the Cleveland Indians. Manager Joe Torre made Wells take it off after the first inning because it didn’t conform to uniform standards, but a piece of the Bambino had once again taken the field ever so briefly.
Wells will donate proceeds from the cap and several other items he’s selling to his high school alma mater’s baseball program. He chatted with Bloomberg News about it–and even put it back on:
He also talked with The Coast News in southern California about his passion for baseball and collecting.