Babe Ruth’s earliest game-used N.Y. Yankees jersey known to exist set a record when New York auction house Lelands.com purchased it for a record $4.4 million – the highest price ever paid for a piece of sports memorabilia. The public will have a rare opportunity to view the world’s most famous shirt when Lelands displays the jersey at the National Sports Collectors Convention on Aug. 1-5, at the Baltimore Convention Center.
“Babe Ruth is the king of all sports, the most iconic figure in sports history,” said Mike Heffner, president of Lelands. “We are ecstatic with the new owner’s decision to share this very rare, very special and very important piece of sports memorabilia with fans who would never otherwise have the opportunity to see it in person.”
The early 1920s jersey, purchased by Lelands this past May, was worn by the “Sultan of Swat” after coming over to the Yankees from the Boston Red Sox. It had previously been displayed at The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore. An avid collector and baseball lover bought the jersey after one of the most high-profile and competitive auctions in the marketplace. The buyer, who wishes to remain anonymous, arranged for the jersey to also be displayed at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Bambino’s jersey will be under guard for the duration of the NSCC show.
To learn more about Lelands.com visit www.Lelands.com.