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$36 million? Ridiculous

Is this story the biggest whopper in sports memorabilia history? The biggest since someone said he unearthed Joe Jackson’s contract? Or the Shoeless one’s Black Betsy bat? Mykalai Kontilai, who is starting an auction business called Collectors Café, said he has unearthed...

Babe Ruth contract: $549,000; mitt $334,600

RUNNEMEDE, N.J. — Babe Ruth’s 1922 Yankees contract, his first before making them the Bronx Bombers, sold for $549,000 in a sale ended May 8 by Goldin Auctions. Ruth’s catcher’s mitt used during his day’s at St. Mary’s, circa 1912, sold for $334,600. Of course, this sale received...

Piazza jersey sells privately for $365,000

Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital, Tony Lauto and filmmaker Oliver Stone reportedly have teamed up to purchase the Mike Piazza jersey worn on Sept. 21, 2001, when the soon-to-be-inducted Hall of Famer slammed the first home run in New York following the 9/11...

Havlicek’s ’50 Greatest’ NBA lithograph: $74,420

RUNNEMEDE, N.J. — John Havlicek’s own lithograph commemorating the 50 Greatest NBA Players, signed by all but one of the 50 players (Pete Maravich) sold for $74,420 in an auction organized by Goldin Auctions. The sale ended Jan. 31. A Michael Jordan game-used road jersey from...

Spend a Buck owner’s trophy fetches $187,521; Moe Berg ball

BOHEMIA, N.Y. — Spend A Buck owner Dennis Diaz trophy for the 1985 Kentucky Derby winner sold for $187,521 in a Leland’s auction that ended Jan. 8. The Baccarat Crystal piece honoring Spend a Buck sold for $10,585. The Derby winner that year skipped both the Preakness and Belmont...

They can play but can’t write

While the Pete Rose ban remains enforced, baseball continues to usher in a new era of young stars who boast big bats, big arms and big wheels. The tools are plenty sharpened and the toolbox is full of shiny, heavy metal. Most of the best new players, however, can’t write worth...

1969 Ernie Banks jersey: $161,484

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — Despite receiving an earlier bid at $214,361, a 1951 Joe DiMaggio road Yankees uniform did not sell at an auction organized by SCP Auctions. However, bidders of the auction that closed early Dec. 6 won early holiday gifts at stout prices. A 1969 Ernie...

DiMaggio, Jeter jerseys lead GFA sale

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. — A Joe DiMaggio road jersey from the late 1940s, signed, and two Derek Jeter jerseys are among the items on the block by Grey Flannel Auctions. One of the Jeter jerseys, signed, is from an Aug. 1, 2010 game; the other is from a March 8, 2008 game with...

Babe Ruth ball, Foxx items, baseball sheet music

WATCHUNG, N.J. — A single-signed Babe Ruth ball that has rested in the dark of a safety deposit box for 50 years is on the block at the next sale by Robert Edward Auctions. The sale ends Oct. 17. The ball was signed in March 1930, likely at a spring training game in St....

Hank Aaron jersey: $36,547

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – A game-worn Hank Aaron road Atlanta Braves jersey from 1972 sold for $36,547 in a recent auctions organized by MEARS. The sale ended Aug. 29. Warren Spahn’s 1949 Boston Braves game-worn road jersey sold for $30,202. Among other items that sold were:...