Babe Ruth Game-Worn Jersey Expected to Sell for Historic Price at Yankee StadiumJune 10, 2019
A game-worn Babe Ruth jersey can be yours for the cool price of approximately $4.5 million.
The legendary piece of New York Yankees memorabilia will be at a Yankee Stadium auction Saturday and is expected to become the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold, according to CBS Sports.
Ruth's jersey comes from the family's private collection.
After starting his career in Boston from 1914 to 1919, the late Hall of Famer played for the Yankees from 1920 to 1934.
According to Julia Limitone of Fox Business, the uniform is a gray road jersey that is rare because "Yankees" was written across the chest for the only time in franchise history.
SGC, a card grading and game-worn uniform authentication service, has been tasked to authenticate the uniform. SGC uniform expert Dave Grob expanded on the jersey's significance in a press release:
"For well over a decade, I have been researching and evaluating significant major league uniforms of the 20th century. Every time I am presented with a historic uniform like this striking Babe Ruth example, I am always rooting for the jersey because, if it proves to be authentic, it means that an extraordinary piece of baseball history has survived."
An announcement was made in December that "hundreds" of Ruth's personal belongings would be auctioned at Yankee Stadium by Hunt Auctions including baseball memorabilia, family photos and a suitcase he used to travel to Japan in 1934 (h/t CBS New York).
"I just want people to enjoy and appreciate my grandfather's stuff," Linda Ruth Tosetti, Ruth's granddaughter, said, according to CBS New York.
More information on the items up for auction can be found here.