Babe Ruth 'Notch' bat sells for $86,250
Babe Ruth 'Notch' bat sells for $86,250

One of four known Babe Ruth home run "Notch" bats hit the auction block recently and set a new price record. With a final bid of $86,250, this bat set a new auction standard for Ruth game-used bats in an auction that captured $2,537,000 in total bids. The Ruth example, which exhibited 11 home run notches, sold for roughly $20,000 more than the only other Ruth notch bat to surface at auction (that bat had 8 notches and sold a couple of years ago). The only other notch bats known to exist reside in museums, one in the Baseball Hall of Fame in New York and the other in the Louisville Slugger Bat Museum. Here's a look at some of the auction highlights from the big sale.

Item
Price Realized
Dr. James Naismith scrapbook
$24,020
1972 Mercury Morris Miami Dolphins Super Bowl Ring
$21,047
1972 World Champion Miami Dolphins signed photo
$5,175
Eagles logo from turf at Veteran's Stadium
$9,803
1973 Ed Kranepool National League Championship Ring
$12,650
Tris Speaker signed baseball
$6,111
1955 Brooklyn Dodger team signed baseball
$3,363
1960 Pittsburgh Pirate team signed baseball
$3,061
Derek Jeter's first game ball signed by Jeter
$6,957
Pedro Martinez 300th strikeout ball from 1997
$8,728
Ebbets Field Double Seats
$8,222
Polo Grounds Double Figural Seats
$12,014
Forbes Filed Triple Seats
$11,048
1996 Dick Williams N.Y. Yankee World Championship Ring
$45,540
1927-31 Babe Ruth game-used 11 home run notch bat
$86,250
1946 Mel Ott N.Y. Giants game-used uniform
$45,223
1946 Ted Williams game-used bat
$20,338
1976 Hank Aaron game-used cap from 755th home run game
$7,871
1959 Eddie Mathews Milwaukee Braves game-used road jersey
$20,872
1976 Ernie Banks game-used Chicago Cubs coaches jersey
$6,578
1999 Mark McGwire game-used cap from record game (50HR's)
$5,094
1933 Joe DiMaggio Rookie Autographed Seals jersey
$46,000
1950-60 Yogi Berra game-used/autographed H&B bat
$8,337
1961 Mickey Mantle All-Star Adirondack bat
$18,400
Mid-1970's Thurman Munson jacket
$12,882
1983 Don Mattingly game-used home rookie jersey
$9,604
1999-2000 Derek Jeter game-used bat
$3,162
1985-86 Pete Rose game-used/autographed Mizuno "ATHL" bat
$2,646
1950-60 Ralph Kiner game-used/autographed H&B bat
$4,600
1969-72 Willie Mays game-used H&B bat
$9,171
1961-67 Hank Aaron game-used Adirondack bat
$6,957
1999 Alex Rodriguez game-used/autographed home run #22 bat
$3,329
1976 Brooks Robinson game-used/autographed Bicentennial bat
$3,523
Mid-1950's Jackie Robinson game-worn Dodger jacket
$25,466
1938 Babe Ruth game-used Brooklyn Dodger coaches uniform
$45,919
1963 Sandy Koufax L.A. Dodgers game-used jersey
$46,000
1968 Willie Stargell game-used/autographed Pirates jersey
$8,625
1964 Ken Boyer game-used St. Louis Cardinals jersey
$11,480
1991 Ryne Sandberg game-used/autographed Cubs jersey
$4,539
1999 Sammy Sosa game-used Cubs home jersey
$5,060
1984 Nolan Ryan game-used Houston Astros jersey
$7,396
1973 Hank Aaron game-used/autographed Braves jersey
$19,607
Circa 1918 Jim Thorpe game-used New York Giants baseball jersey
$59,655
1967 Juan Marichal game-used San Francisco Giants jersey
$8,140
1971 Carlton Fisk game-used/autographed Boston rookie jersey
$9,487
1996 Roger Clemens game-used jersey and spikes
$9,949
Cal Ripken Jr. game-used baseball mitt
$10,422
Late-1970's Nolan Ryan game-used/autographed Angels jersey
$10,350
Lou Gehrig autographed photo
$11,197
1967-68 Bobby Orr game-used Boston Bruins jersey
$44,820
1991-92 Wayne Gretzky game-used L.A. Kings jersey
$12,952
1971 Wilt Chamberlain game-used/autographed Lakers jersey
$22,411
1972-73 Walt Frazier game-used New York Knicks jersey
$9,614
1998-99 Shaquille O'Neal game-used Lakers uniform
$13,444
1952 George Mikan game-used/autographed All-Star jersey
$37,041
1960 Bill Russell game-used All-Star uniform
$29,532
1973 Bill Walton game-used UCLA jersey
$13,915
Late-1990's Dan Marino game-used helmet
$6,957
Mid-1980's Joe Montana game-used helmet
$7,096
2000 Randy Moss game-used helmet
$7,132
1985 Walter Payton game-used Chicago Bears jersey
$11,827
1995 Brett Favre game-used Packers jersey
$7,475
1994 John Elway game-used Broncos jersey
$9,300
2000 Edgerrin James game-used Colts jersey
$9,949
1994 Troy Aikman game-used/autographed Cowboys jersey
$8,625

Unique Comiskey Signed Baseball Breaks $20,000 in $1.3 Million Gutierrez Auction

Usually, when a single signed baseball reaches $15,000 or higher, you expect the autograph to come from a major name like Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig. Recently, at Mike Gutierrez's all-autograph auction, a Charles Comiskey single signed Official American League baseball sold for $21,300. According to Gutierrez, it is the only known single signed baseball of this legendary Chicago owner. With that in mind, the bidding became fierce even though the reserve was a mere $2,500. Here's a look at some of the highlights from the sale that featured $1.3 million in total bids.

Item
Price Realized
1923 New York Yankee team signed baseball
$18,306
1940 Cincinnati Reds team signed baseball
$7,678
1961 New York Yankee team signed baseball
$12,501
1969 New York Mets team signed baseball
$5,700
1977 New York Yankee team signed baseball
$10,792
Jimmie Foxx autographed B&W HOF Plaque
$1,995
Bobby Jones autographed photo
$2,839
Babe Ruth signed "Babe Ruth Story"
$4,281
Jeff Morey autographed index card collection
$34,309
1927 New York Yankee team signed baseball
$17,603
1960 Pittsburgh Pirates team signed baseball from Clemente estate
$5,419
1980 Philadelphia Phillies team signed baseball
$4,281
2000 New York Yankee team signed baseball
$2,388
Charles Comiskey signed baseball (only known example)
$21,300
Ty Cobb autographed baseball circa 1959
$13,905
Grover Cleveland Alexander autographed baseball circa 1933
$7,399
Jackie Robinson signed baseball
$6,208
Mickey Mantle "Happy Hanukkah" autographed baseball
$1,903
Babe Ruth 1926 signed hospital document (to Christy Walsh)
$6,957
1932 New York Yankee "Year to Remember" display
$7,054
Babe Ruth autographed 1932 underwear contract
$3,938
1933 autographed World Series photo w/Ruth
$8,419
Lou Gehrig autographed 1938 wire photo
$9,292
1961 New York Yankee "Year to Remember" display
$5,829
Negro League Greats signed replica jersey
$5,536
Roger Maris autographed replica bat
$4,281
Ty Cobb autographed B&W HOF Plaque
$2,304
Mark McGwire autographed limited edition 1987 bat
$1,995
1922 Notre Dame team signed photo
$4,926
1983 Michael Jordan game-used/autographed North Carolina shoes
$16,641

Big Mac Attacks in First At Bat

What's baseball without Mark McGwire?

It's still a great game, but with Big Mac, it's something special. The big slugger returned to the lineup yesterday with a bang, after undergoing weeks of rehab on his ailing knee. Big Mac went 2 for 3 with a homer in leading the Cardinals to victory.

This is great news for the hobby because baseball has been suffering a bit from the lack of star power in the headlines. Frank Thomas, Ken Griffey Jr., Mo Vaughn, and Nomar Garciaparra are just some of the names that are missing from lineups due to injuries. To complicate matters even further, many of the stars that are healthy are currently struggling. Players such as Johnny Damon, Rick Ankiel, and Cal Ripken Jr. are having a terrible time in 2001.

Luckily, we have had a few bright spots in 2001. Ichiro is on a torrid pace at the plate, Rickey Henderson continues to amaze at 42 years of age, and Barry Bonds is blasting baseballs into the water time and time again. In addition, for the purist, baseball has been very enjoyable to watch because of all the surprise teams and individual performances. If you were to tell me a few months ago, that the Seattle Mariners would be way out in front in the AL West and Luis Gonzalez would have over 20 homers at this point, I would have had you committed.

As we go into the final month or so of the first half, it will be interesting to see if some of the surprise teams and players can keep this up and if some of the stars can come on strong down the stretch. The lack of star power has hurt the appeal of football cards in recent times; let's hope the baseball season has a lot more surprises in store. With the return of Big Mac, at least we know some fans in the cheap seats will be receiving a few souvenirs.

Bobby Orr game-used Boston Bruins jersey bring $44,820
Bobby Orr game-used Boston Bruins jersey bring $44,820
1977 New York Yankee team signed baseball sells for $10,972
1977 New York Yankee team signed baseball sells for $10,972

Joe Orlando has been an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia for over 25 years. Orlando attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he studied communications and was the starting catcher for the baseball team. After a brief stint in the minor leagues, Orlando obtained a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Southern California in the spring of 1999. During the last fourteen years, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. Orlando has also authored two books for Collectors Universe. Orlando's first book, The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby, was released in the summer of 2002. His second book, Collecting Sports Legends, was released in the summer of 2008. Orlando has appeared on several radio and television programs as a hobby expert including ESPN's award-winning program Outside the Lines and HBO's Real Sports, as the featured guest. Currently, Orlando is the President of PSA and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication services in the hobby. He is also Editor of the company's nationally distributed Sports Market Report, which under Orlando's direction has developed into a leading resource in the market. Orlando also contributed the foreword and last chapter to The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories, a 2010 release, and to The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, a 2013 release.