While the market continues to boom with the increase in demand for sports memorabilia, today we are talking about the 5 most valuable pieces of sports memorabilia that have reached the top of the charts! Stick around to see what featured sports memorabilia item from our Gallery, APR57 will be featured today!
1. Babe Ruth’s 1920 Jersey Valued at $4.415 Million
Topping the charts and coming in hot with the most valued sports memorabilia ever sold was the Babe Ruth 1920 Baseball Jersey. Recognizable as the best baseball player of all time deserves, it would only make sense that Babe Ruth” The Bambino” 1920 Yankees jersey would be kept in a museum, however the jersey was originally a part of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore but was bought at an auction by rare sports memorabilia mogul Joshua Leland Evans. Rather than auctioning it off, Leland promised to find a home with a private collector. Fun Fact: Basketball was originally two words and these original rules were published January 15, 1892 in the Springfield College school newspaper, The Triangle.
2. James Naismith's 1891 Rules of Basketball Valued at $4.3 Million
Basketball genius, and connoisseur James Naismith wrote the 13 rules of basketball in 1891 to entertain athletes at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, MA. It was a requirement that his students have an indoor space where they are able to aid them in maintaining their figure but couldn’t be too rough of a space for fear of injuries affecting the spring seasons. The Rules of Basketball Buyer David Booth felt that the rules should return to Kansas University, since Naismith founded the basketball program at the prestigious school. Fun Fact: Basketball was originally two words and these original rules were published January 15, 1892 in the Springfield College school newspaper, The Triangle.
3. Honus Wagner’s 1909 Baseball Card Valued at $3.12 Million
Coming in at #3 is perhaps the most valuable baseball card in the world, and the idol of card collectors. The mint condition card of legendary Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner first sold for $2.8 million in 2007. Wagner won eight batting titles in his career, and places third in the highest number of batting titles of all time.
4. Mark McGwire's 70th Home Run Ball Valued at $3 Million
Mark McGwire set a record for 70 home runs in a single season while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. The 70th run, was pitched by Billy Wagner, of the Houston Astros, which propelled him to record breaking status. A coach for the San Diego Padres Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants beat the record with 73 runs in 2001.
5. Paul Henderson’s 1972 Jersey Valued at $1.275 Million
Canada has been at the top of the game (no pun intended) when it comes to hockey, but there was one person who stands out as the one who has improved the sport and individual teams to reach the status they currently obtain. That person is Paul Henderson. He wore what would become the most expensive hockey jersey ever sold during the Canadian victory over the Soviet Union team in the first Summit Series. Representing the Toronto Maple Leafs, Henderson made the winning play with only 34 seconds left in the game. Canada ended up winning seven out of the eight games in the series, and Henderson became a national hero. After the jersey’s auction, it went on tour across Canada along with a collection of other rare Canadian hockey memorabilia.
MICHAEL JORDAN Original Signed Chicago Bulls Jersey - $10K Appraisal Value
This is a signed Michael Jordan (1963-) Number 23 Bulls jersey.
Michael Jeffrey Jordan is an American former professional basketball player who is the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. His biography on the official NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Although, a summary of his basketball career and influence on the game inevitably fails to do it justice, as a phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of fundamental soundness, grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire, Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar.
Even contemporaneous superstars recognized the unparalleled position of Jordan. Magic Johnson said, “There’s Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us.” Larry Bird, following a playoff game where Jordan dropped 63 points on the Boston Celtics in just his second season, appraisal of the young player was: “God disguised as Michael Jordan.” A brief listing of his top accomplishments would include the following: Rookie of the Year; Five-time NBA MVP; Six-time NBA champion; Six-time NBA Finals MVP; Ten-time All-NBA First Team; Nine time NBA All-Defensive First Team; Defensive Player of the Year; 14-time NBA All-Star; Three-time NBA All-Star MVP; 50th Anniversary All-Time Team; Ten scoring titles — an NBA record and seven consecutive matching Wilt Chamberlain; Retired with the NBA’s highest scoring average of 30.1ppg; Hall of Fame inductee.
However, his impact is far greater than awards and championships. He burst into the league as a rookie sensation scoring in droves with an unmatchable first step and acrobatic drives and dunks and concluded his career as a cultural icon. Along the way, he became a true champion who spearheaded the globalization of the NBA with his dynamic on-court abilities and personal sense of style that was marketed to the masses.
His signature is in black ink under the "23" lettering. This piece comes with authentication from Sport Card Heaven Inc. as well as a certificate of authentication from APR 57 Gallery. The jersey is also professionally framed
The above item comes with a FREE Certified Insurance Appraisal valued at $10,000.00
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