Nothing is more rare and exciting, in the arena of sports memorabilia, than for an avid fan or serious collector to discover and come to own a famous player’s game-worn jersey. The athlete’s clothing worn during that pivotal last play during a World Series baseball game or the winning touchdown during a Super Bowl is immediately elevated to a precious and highly-coveted relic. The banal, mud-stained, sweaty jersey becomes an extraordinary and desirable artifact symbolizing the passion, dedication and pride of the player and his team.
The Famous Sports Jersey From Babe Ruth
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the most expensive jersey ever sold belonged to none other than the Great Bambino, the Sultan of Swat, the famous Babe Ruth. His gray, short-sleeved, button-up jersey with the careful blue lettering of “New York” across the chest is the oldest New York Yankees jersey worn by Ruth. He first put on this specific jersey way back in 1920, and ninety-two years later this single article of clothing sold for a world-record breaking $4.4 million at SCP Auctions in 2012. This incredible jersey is the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold.
The Expensive Jersey From Paul Henderson
The second most expensive jersey sold for $1.275 million at Classic Auctions, a Montreal-based auction house. Aptly, the jersey belonged to Canadian hockey player Paul Henderson who wore the jersey when he scored the winning goal in the 1972 Summit Series game against the Soviets. The eight-game Summit Series was played to pit country against country, to determine which nation was truly the best. Henderson scored the winning goals in the sixth, seventh and eighth games. In the last game of the series, Henderson made the deciding goal in the very last thirty-four seconds of the game, making it one of the most dramatic game finishes in sports history. Even though Henderson may not be as globally-recognized as Wayne Gretzky or Bobby Orr, his stellar, game-winning goal imbibed this jersey with transformative power, making it an exceptional and coveted piece of sports memorabilia.
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