One of the keys to sports economic success is nostalgia. Sure, there are current stars who win the hearts of fans, but there’s always a reminder of a past that was happy or, for some, even better than the present. This is where classic objects, Souvenirs, increase their market value.
It is sure, in 50 years, the peaks Cristiano Ronaldo wore during his real Madrid the game may cost millions; just like the boxing gloves that Canelo Alvarez used as a deadly weapon to destroy rivals, or the Dominican first baseman’s iconic cap Albert Pujol.
In fact, talking about baseball, there have been classic pieces related to past superstars that have been sold at a very high price. Auctions are great fun places to witness the power of nostalgia because, as a fan, how much would you be willing to spend to own some of your MLB idols?
The most expensive baseball memorabilia sold at auction
Babe Ruth 1919 Commercial Contract. When Sultan of Swat move from boston red at New York Yankees, he would never have imagined that the paper he signed to formalize his transfer would be worth it. Actor Charlie Sheen sold this item at auction for $2.3 million. Sheen bought the contract, which is the copy of the Yankees in the 90s.
Jackie Robinson’s 1947 jersey. Being the first African-American in MLB is a powerful reason to consider Robinson an all-time baseball icon. the Brooklyn Dodgers The jersey he wore in his rookie season in 1947 sold for $2.05 million at an auction in 2017.
1927 Babe Ruth Championship Ring. Before this item was sold at auction, the record for the highest price sold for a championship ring was $460,000. However, just like The Bambino did on the field, his Yankees championship ring exceeded established limits with a sale price of $2.09 million, still in 2017.
Lou Gherig 1937 Jersey. Another article from the New York Yankees. The iron horse wore this garment during one of his last elite seasons. A family received the jersey as a gift from George Weiss, a historic Yankees general manager, and sold it for $2.58 million.
Marc McGwire 70th home run. The comic book creator Todd McFarlane paid $3 million for this item in 1999. It was auctioned off by the fan who caught the ball, Phil Ozersky. Unfortunately for the buyer, after McGwire agreed to use steroids to enhance his performance and his record by Barry Bonds in 2001, the price of the ball dropped to $300,000.
Document “Laws of Baseball”. The very beginning of today’s MLB universe began with this play written by Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams in 1857. Rules such as minimum ball weight and the length of the widest part of a bat baseball were first indicated there. Doc’s creation was sold for $3.26 million.
Babe Ruth 1920 Jersey. Clothing worn by baseball’s greatest player is one of the auction’s top sellers. This one belonged to Ruth in her freshman year with the New York Yankees and was purchased in 2012 by an auction house, which paid $4.42 million.
Babe Ruth “Yankees” road jersey. The best-selling baseball memorabilia item of all time. It was sold for $5.64 million, and it was carried by The big boom during the Murders Row era, a late ’20s era considered one of the best versions of the New York Yankees. What’s amazing about the jersey is that it’s the only time in team history that the word “Yankees” has appeared on the front.