The Most Expensive Sports Memorabilia
While there are millions of sports collectors, enthusiasts and fanatics around the world, there are not many who can claim they have the “most expensive” piece of memorabilia. Those lucky few who have had their hands on rare and important sports objects have made hundreds of thousands, if not millions at auction. Beverly Loan Company, or Pawnshop to the Stars, works with these kinds of rare, unique and high-priced memorabilia items.
This year alone had amazing auction records, including a mint condition USFL Reggie White trading card for close to $11,000, and the 1996 Olympic gold medal to American swimmer Brooke Bennet that sold for $28,000. The most impressive item sold this year would be Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves from his 1965 fight against Floyd Patterson, which sold for 1.1 million in February. These one-of-a-kind items sold in 2015 perfectly illustrate the types of sports memorabilia items that come through the doors of Beverly Loan, the leading pawn shop in Los Angeles.
The biggest records in auction however have been years in the making. Mark McGwire’s 70th home run baseball for instance, sold for 3 million in January 1999.
Babe Ruth however, is a legend who will always command high prices. His bat from the first home run at Yankee Stadium in 1923 sold for 1.2 million and his jersey that was worn in 1920 has the record for most expensive memorabilia item ever sold at auction. In 2012 the jersey, which is the earliest known jersey worn by him with the Yankees, sold for a staggering 4.4 million dollars.