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Babe Ruth’s jersey, cap bring record prices

The earliest known jersey worn by Babe Ruth brought $4.4 million at auction this weekend. (AP from SCP Auctions)

Babe Ruth is still the king in sports memorabilia, if not in baseball’s record books. Two items of clothing worn by the New York Yankees’ slugger brought record prices at auction over the weekend.

The earliest known Yankees jersey worn by Ruth, circa 1920, brought more than $4.42 million, according to SPC Auctions. That tops the $4.34 million paid for James Naismith’s 1891 typed list of the rules of basketball in 2010.

Ruth’s 1934 Yankees cap set a record for a cap by bringing in $537,278.

David Wells, in Babe Ruth’s cap in 1997. (JOHN DUNN / AP)

Ruth’s cap was owned by former Yankees pitcher David Wells, who bought it for $35,000 and wore it for an inning in a 1997 game. He sold it to raise money to renovate his San Diego high school field.

A bat used by Ruth during the 1920s sold for $591,007.

The Super Bowl XXV ring of Lawrence Taylor, sold by his son T.J., brought $230,401.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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