Sports memorabilia has become increasingly popular and profitable in recent years as people seek a way to invest in the future and at the same time have some fun collecting autographs of their heroes. For example, back in 2013, a glove reportedly used by Jackie Robinson in the 1955 and 1956 World Series sold for $373,002. Here’s our 2020 list of the several of the most expensive pieces of sports memorabilia ever sold.
LeBron James Autographed Rookie card: Back in 2015 a card signed when James was a rookie sold for $95,000. However, today the value of the card could easily exceed $200,000 since it has become so rare. Coincidentally, LeBron will easily become the all-time leading scorer within about 3-4 years which means that the value of his autographs and the memorabilia associated with him will rise in value.
Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe’s Baseball: $191,200: One of the most legendary couples in sports history has to be New York Yankees baseball star Joe DiMaggio and his wife, Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe. In 1961 the couple signed a baseball that was bound to soar in price as the years went on. In 2006 it sold to one collector for $191,000.
Babe Ruth’s 1919 Yankees Contract – $996,000: In 1919 Babe Ruth signed with the New York Yankees. There he played for the venerated team for a remarkable 15 seasons. It is fitting that the Babe’s contract sold for such a steep price since he was – at the time – the highest paid baseball player in the league.
Mark McGwire’s 70th Home Run Ball – $3 Million: Mark McGwire set a record of 70 home runs in a single season back in 1998. The ball that helped him set the record was pitched by Billy Wagner of the Houston Astros. However, records are made to be broken and in 2001, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants beat this record with 73 home runs in a season.,
Babe Ruth 1920 Jersey – $4.415 Million: The Babe is probably the king of sports memorabilia which is only fitting since the legendary baseball player broke so many records. A jersey worn by “The Bambino” was bought at an auction by rare sports memorabilia mogul Joshua Leland Evans.
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