This is one that baseball fans won't want to miss: Christie's will auction off over 200 objects related to the favorite pastime of Americans, with lots featuring autographed baseballs, rare cards and jerseys that belonged to some of the best-known Major League champions.
"Home Plate: A Private Collection of Important Baseball Memorabilia" was put together with Hunt Auctions, which specializes in sports collections. Baseball fans will also have a shot at acquiring a variety of items that trace the history of this sport, which is regularly played by more than 25 million Americans.
The sale will take place in New York on December 16.
"A great number of the items within [the auction) are being unveiled to the public for the very first time including several which are the finest known examples of their medium," says David Hunt, head of Hunt Auctions, in a press release.
Certain items have been autographed by some of the biggest stars of US baseball, such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, and Honus Wagner. While Christie's has not yet published the full auction catalogue, the items are estimated between $500 and $1 million.
After its record sale dedicated to basketball star Michael Jordan, Christie's continues to tap the sports market. Sporting artifact collectors are known to be willing to spend six-figure sums for particularly rare items. For instance, a bat owned by Lou Gehrig was sold for over a million dollars last February at Heritage Auctions.
Even more impressive, a trading card of star Mike Trout sold for $3.93 million in August at Goldin Auctions. A record price that Christie's hopes to surpass.