Laguna Niguel — Ruth’s 1930s Yankees game-worn cap owned by former Yankees’ pitcher David Wells went for $537,278 following the conclusion of SCP Auctions’ April auction early Sunday. The earliest known jersey worn by New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth sold for $4,415,658, and Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor’s NY Giants Super Bowl XXV ring attracted a bid of $230,401 each setting world records in turn.
The Ruth jersey bid of $4,415,658 sets world record for any sports memorabilia item, surpassing the previous record of $4,338,500 set in 2010 by James Naismith’s founding rules of basketball.
“We are honored to, once again, be a part of history,” said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions. “This proves again that Babe Ruth is “king” in the sports memorabilia world. We are proud to offer these and other high-quality items for all collectors.”
Few Babe Ruth collectibles in the category of “game worn” can match the appeal of Wells’ 1930s Ruth cap. Only a handful of Ruth New York Yankees game-worn caps have survived the three-quarters of a century that has passed since the Babe last played in the Bronx, ranking them on the rarity scale above all team-issued garments, including jerseys. The cap’s seller, the irreverent Wells, added to the lore of the cap when he famously wore it on the mound during a game on June 28, 1997 in homage to his idol, Ruth.
Wells had previously said he would donate a portion of the proceeds from the hat to renovate the baseball field of Point Loma High School, Wells’ alma mater and where he now serves as pitching coach.