The booming baseball memorabilia market has brought out plenty of cool items Cooperstown would love to have, but they’re not interested in bidding against you.
When the National Baseball Hall of Fame opened its doors, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and other icons were still alive. A Ruth bat? Cool to look at but not something anyone in their right mind would pay big money for.
Times have changed since the first inductees just handed over the game used memorabilia from their playing days. Now, even modern items can bring big money if they’re somewhat historic in nature. Don’t look for the Hall to change its policy on acquisitions, though.
The Hall’s Director of such matters chatted with Nats320 about why they don’t compete with auction houses while the blog offers pictures of some important pieces of baseball history.