Sports collectors gathered in New York City on Saturday evening for a live auction featuring rare sports memorabilia from Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson among others.
Though the auction featured several rare sports mementos including Babe Ruth’s pocket watch and Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves, it was Jackson’s used rookie bat from 1911 that piqued the greatest interest from bidders. According to Noah Fleisher, a spokesperson for Heritage Auctions, the bat sold for an astounding $958,000.
“This bat serves as a key piece of evidence for the many millions who believe that Jackson deserves enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame,” Chris Ivy, the director of sports collectibles for the auction house, told CNN.
Ali’s gloves sold for $836,500 while Ruth’s watch sold for $717,000.
Photo credit: Heritage Auction House