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Now that the 2015 World Series is history, any item of significance used in the games will become more and more valuable over time. How much would you expect to pay for a 2015 World Series ring? Or the glove, bat, or even the wristband of MVP Salvador Perez? Here are the most expensive collectibles from past World Series. The answers may surprise you…
Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot” Jersey
In the 1932 World Series, Babe Ruth was going through some health issues that were affecting his career and reputation. Angered by the challenging attitude displayed by opposing Cubs pitcher Charlie Root, the Bambino supposedly pointed to a spot in the outfield where the next pitch would land. It’s not clear if this ever actually happened to the Babe, but it did for William Bendix, who reenacted the apocryphal moment in a movie years later. The story propelled the jersey Ruth wore that day to earn $940,000 at auction in 2005.
Bill Buckner’s Ball
The ball dribbling off Mookie Wilson’s bat and scooting through Bill Buckner’s legs in the 1986 World Series is perhaps the most notorious World Series collectible of all time. In fact, to Buckner himself, the ball was cursed and caused many a death threat in the later years of his career. It sold at auction in 2012 for $418,250.
Joe Jackson’s 1919 Series Bat
The bat used by “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in the tainted 1919 World Series was a handmade job, crafted for the rising star when he was just 15. Called the “Black Betsy” the bat was so famous, it had been faked by charlatans dozens of times before the real one was sold at auction for $577,610 in 2001.
Derek Jeter’s 1996 Series Bat
Derek Jeter’s storied career has been magical right from the start in 1996, but no story beats his rookie year. Not only did he play on the winning World Series team, he was also voted Rookie Of The Year. His signed bat sold at auction in 2014 for $155,350. But it’s a fair bet it will only increase in value now that Jeter is retired.
Don Larsen’s 1956 Series Jersey
The only perfect game ever pitched in the World Series was recorded by the Yankees’ Don Larsen in 1956. Larsen went on to a fairly distinguished career, but never again rose to such great heights. Even so, the jersey he wore that day sold at auction in 2012 for $756,000.
Jackie Robinson’s 1955 Glove
Any glove left behind by Jackie Robinson would be valuable, as the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers player was the man who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947. But this glove, in particular, is memorable because it’s the one he used in the 1955 World Series against the Yankees, the only year he played on a winning team. The old, worn out looking mitt sold at auction in 2013 for $373,000.
Kirk Gibson’s 1988 Series Bat
Kirk Gibson entered the 1988 World Series, playing for the Dodgers, on hobbled legs and generally looking washed up. It may have been true, but he had at least one good hit left in him. Luckily, it was a walk-off homer in the 10th inning of the first game, regarded since as the catalyst for the Dodgers’ 5-game win over the rival Oakland A’s. The bat he used in that historic moment sold at auction for $575,912 in 2010.
Lou Gehrig’s World Series Ring
Lou Gehrig was known as the “Iron Horse” of the NY Yankees for playing in 2,130 consecutive games. Incredibly, he died from a rare disease that also happened to bear his name (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 1941. Sotheby’s sold his 1927 World Series ring at auction in 1999 for $96,000. After a REALLY good cleaning…
1919 World Series Ring
This 1919 World Series ring is a one of a kind item, awarded only to winning Cincinnati Reds’ manager Pat Moran. Of course, the series itself was marred by the opposing Chicago “Black” Sox cheating scandal. The ring sold at auction in 2103 for $166,000. It may not be the most expensive World Series collectible ever. But it’s certainly the most unique. And infamous…
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