An event for any self-respecting baseball fan. Christie’s will auction over 200 collectibles around America’s favorite pastime. On the program: autographed baseball, trading cards and jerseys that have belonged to some of the biggest names in the professional league.
“Home Plate: A Private Collection of Important Baseball Memorabilia” is organized in collaboration with the auction house Hunt Auctions, which specializes in collectibles related to sports. Baseball fans will be able to try to acquire a variety of accessories that trace the history of the sport, which is regularly played by more than 25 million Americans.
“Many of these items offered for sale will be unveiled to the public for the very first time. Some of them are among the finest in the class, “said David Hunt, chairman of Hunt Auctions, in a statement.
Among them are props autographed by some of the greatest players in American Professional Major League Baseball, such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner. Although Christie’s has not yet released the catalog for sale, the auction house has announced that these collectibles are valued at between $ 500 million and $ 1 million.
After a splash of sales in tribute to basketball legend Michael Jordan, Christie’s is now turning to baseball to attract sports collectors. Buyers who do not hesitate to use six-figure sums to afford certain collectibles. A baseball bat that once belonged to Lou Gehrig was snatched for more than a million dollars in February last year at Heritage Auctions.
Even more impressively, a trading card from star Mike Trout sold for $ 3.93 million in August at Goldin Auctions. A record price that Christies hopes to exceed.