Babe Ruth’s 60th Home Run Record Bat From 1927 Season May Bring $1 Million in Heritage’s Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction
The game-used bat Babe Ruth swung to smash a terrific 60th home run – the 1927 right-field bomb that set a 34-year record – is estimated to sell for $1 million or more in Heritage Auction’s spring Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction May 17-18. Considered one of the greatest treasures in baseball history, the bat makes its auction debut among nearly 1,400 memorabilia-only lots for all collecting disciplines.
“It’s definitely a contender for the best bat in the hobby,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. “Ruth hit 17 home runs in September 1927 to break his own record – the best month of his career. It’s a piece marking the absolute prime of the game’s greatest figure and the pinnacle of New York Yankees history as well.”
Authenticated GU 10 by experts at PSA/DNA, Ruth’s record-breaking bat shows extensive game use, which suggests it served a lengthy tenure in the hands of the game’s foremost slugger. Multiple ball marks and stitch impressions on the left barrel match Ruth’s label-down, left-handed swing. Attesting to its rich provenance, the right barrel is inscribed “To Joe E. Brown From Babe Ruth.” One of Ruth’s friends and a figure familiar to most veteran hobbyists, Brown was a much-beloved comedian and movie star and widely regarded as the first celebrity sports memorabilia collector. A 2012 notarized letter from Don E. Brown – son of Joe L. Brown and grandson of Joe E. Brown – accompanies the bat and discusses the history of the collection and this bat in particular.
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