On the list of the 10 most expensive sports memorabilia items, one would mostly find baseball stuff: A Babe Ruth signed ball from the 1918 World Series and a Mickey Mantle bat from 1953, among other things. But there’s also one of the most impressive collection of NHL jerseys and basketball cards by Fleer, although the one that stands out the most is the unique Florida Gators motorcycle, signed by the one and only Tim Tebow.
Mickey Mantle H&B Game Bat 1953 New York Yankees HOF: $90,991.99
Mickey Mantle just might be the best baseball player in the history of the game, and at least the greatest New York Yankee of all time, with 7 World Series titles, three AL MVPs and four home run crowns. This is a bat he used from 1953, his third season in the league, which ended with a third consecutive World Series title for him and the Yankees. You can check it out here.
Tim Tebow Autographed Florida Gators NCAA Championship Custom Motorcycle: $99,000.00
This particular item has nothing to do with an actual game, but simply with its references to the Florida Gators (hence the colors) and the signature by the best player in the history of the school, Tim Tebow. The head coach of the two championship teams in 2006 and 2008, Urban Meyer, also signed the motorcycle, which is one of a kind, built by Purple Chopper LLC in DeLand/Ocala. It’s worth taking a look at.
Game Used Home Plate & Ball From Justin Verlander 5/7/2011 No-hitter: $136,364.99
On May 7, 2011, Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers threw the second non-hitter of his career and was on his way to a perfect game until the eighth inning. This deal includes home plate from that game against the Toronto Blue Jays. And he dates Kate Upton, just thought I’d mention. The no-hitter stuff are through here.
Mariano Rivera Signed Game Used Bat/ball From Only 18th Inning Pitched: $136,364.99
Mariano Rivera, maybe the greatest closer of all time, pitched in an 18th inning of a game only once in his career. This ball and bat (which Seth Smith of the Oakland A’s used) are both signed by Rivera from this occasion on June 13, 2013. The unique ball & bat are here.
All The Number 1’s of The Career Jersey Collection Autographed: $162,273.99
Basically, the most complete collection of NHL jerseys from the biggest stars in the history of the sports, including Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe, all autographed and supposedly in excellent condition, coming with career achievements of each player on them. You can see the full collection here.
1918 World Series Last Pitch Game Used & Signed Baseball Inscribed by Babe Ruth: $178,174.99
For 86 years, the 1918 World Series was the last one the Boston Red Sox won, losing Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees a year later and changing baseball history forever. This ball was used on the final pitch of the series (which the Red Sox won against the Chicago Cubs 4-2), signed by Ruth himself. You can see the legendary ball from other angles here.
1986 Fleer Basketball Signed Complete Set – 143 Autographed Cards: $218,186.99
A great NBA cards set with 143 different players including the biggest stars of the era like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon and many more, all autograhed. It’s actually on a 30% discount (original price at over $300k). You can take a look at the entire collection here.
Complete Set of (36) 1935 National Chicle Football Cards all SGC Graded: $318,184.99
An incredible set of American football cards from 1935, including guys like Chicago Bears legend Bronko Nagurski or Ken Strong from the New York Giants, with 36 different stars of a bygone era to enjoy. For the full collection, go here.
1937 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Set w/Autographed Cards – $318,184.99
A great set that includes 40 autographed baseball cards with stars like Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Jimmy Foxx and “Lefty” Grove. This is actually something of a discount, with the original price being over $440k, which would have made it number one. For a closer look at some of the cards, go here.
“The Babe With Kids” Painting – $399,999.99
A painting by Opieart that took 7 years to make, featuring Babe Ruth and children, who are actually 58 different hall of fame baseball players. It’s marked down for just under $400k, but it’s something of a flexible price on this piece of memorabilia. You can take a closer look and decide for yourself if it’s worth the price.