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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Extraordinary value of Babe Ruth's bat


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The baseball bat legendary slugger Babe Ruth used to hit the first home run of the 1924 season is expected to draw bids of up to $5 million (USD), potentially eclipsing his own record for the most valuable piece of sporting memorabilia in the world.

'The Babe' is one of the most legendary names in world sport and his 1924 bat has an incredible back story - starting with a competition that landed it in the hands of a high school senior and including a theft from its rightful owner and then its recovery 29 years later.

Baseball's most iconic name already owns seven of the top 15 highest selling items of sporting memorabilia of all-time, including the top-seller - a 1920 jersey, which sold at auction in 2012 for USD $4,415,000 - and the 'King of Collectables' will almost certainly rewrite the record books when the hammer comes down at the auction of his 1924 bat.

The high school student who first claimed ownership of the bat, Phil Grossman, was the winner of a year-long batting contest sponsored by the LA Herald and the bat used to hit the home run to open the 1924 season, signed by the greatest player in baseball, was his extraordinary prize.

To make it even more special, Ruth's home run was hit off a pitch thrown by Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson.

Grossman, a massive baseball fan, treasured the Babe Ruth bat until his death in 1986 when it passed down to his nephew, Mike Robinson.

Grossman also assembled a scrapbook with dozens of photos and articles featuring 'The Babe' but both the bat and the scrapbook were stolen from Robinson in 1989.

After a search that lasted almost three decades, the bat and scrapbook were recently located and returned to Robinson who decided to put them up for auction.

The bat is not only the most chronicled piece of sports memorabilia of all time, it also has the verification of the industry's top experts, receiving a GU10, the highest rating possible.

A reserve of USD $3 million has been put on the bat but it is expected to fetch significantly more than that.

While Babe Ruth is one of the most famous names in sport, the attachment of fellow Hall of Famer, pitcher Walter Johnson, to this bat makes it extra special and is likely to give it the prestige to sell for an eye-popping figure.

For more information about the auction, or to register to bid, visit www.1924baberuthbat.com.

The baseball bat legendary slugger Babe Ruth used to hit the first home run of the 1924 season is expected to draw bids of up to $5 million (USD), potentially eclipsing his own record for the most valuable piece of sporting memorabilia in the world.

'The Babe' is one of the most legendary names in world sport and his 1924 bat has an incredible back story - starting with a competition that landed it in the hands of a high school senior and including a theft from its rightful owner and then its recovery 29 years later.

Baseball's most iconic name already owns seven of the top 15 highest selling items of sporting memorabilia of all-time, including the top-seller - a 1920 jersey, which sold at auction in 2012 for USD $4,415,000 - and the 'King of Collectables' will almost certainly rewrite the record books when the hammer comes down at the auction of his 1924 bat.

The high school student who first claimed ownership of the bat, Phil Grossman, was the winner of a year-long batting contest sponsored by the LA Herald and the bat used to hit the home run to open the 1924 season, signed by the greatest player in baseball, was his extraordinary prize.

To make it even more special, Ruth's home run was hit off a pitch thrown by Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson.

Grossman, a massive baseball fan, treasured the Babe Ruth bat until his death in 1986 when it passed down to his nephew, Mike Robinson.

Grossman also assembled a scrapbook with dozens of photos and articles featuring 'The Babe' but both the bat and the scrapbook were stolen from Robinson in 1989.

After a search that lasted almost three decades, the bat and scrapbook were recently located and returned to Robinson who decided to put them up for auction.

The bat is not only the most chronicled piece of sports memorabilia of all time, it also has the verification of the industry's top experts, receiving a GU10, the highest rating possible.

A reserve of USD $3 million has been put on the bat but it is expected to fetch significantly more than that.

While Babe Ruth is one of the most famous names in sport, the attachment of fellow Hall of Famer, pitcher Walter Johnson, to this bat makes it extra special and is likely to give it the prestige to sell for an eye-popping figure.

For more information about the auction, or to register to bid, visit www.1924baberuthbat.com.

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