BABE RUTH NEW YORK YANKEES ROAD JERSEY c.1928-30.
Babe Ruth is still breaking records. A New York Yankees jersey worn by the baseball legend sold at auction last Saturday for a record-breaking $5.64 million, making it the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever. Hunt Auctions partnered with Babe Ruth’s family, along with select additions from other collections, to offer the largest assemblage of over 400 personal items and artifacts ever auctioned.
The previous record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia sold was set by another Babe Ruth jersey from 1920, which went for $4,415,658. What made this jersey so special and rare was the fact it was the only time in franchise history when “Yankees” appeared on the front of a road uniform.
“The legacy and significance of Babe Ruth to the game of baseball and American popular culture is unmatched by any other figure in the history of this country,” president of Hunt Auctions David Hunt said in a statement. “While the record-setting prices attained today are certainly astonishing I am not surprised at all given the incredible materials and the mythical status the Babe holds in the history of this country.”