Sometimes there pieces of game-used baseball memorabilia that don’t get stashed away as museum-caliber items in private collections or chopped up to make memorabilia cards for our packs of cards.
Poke around online and you can find plaques and other unusual — but usable — items that include game-used. Wallets and coasters, for example, have been made with gamer material as part of the mix, but just like cards those novelties that have recently gone high-end and the bat knob you see here is proof.
What is it?
It’s the knob from an Addison Russell game-used bat and it’s now a part of a high-end bottle opener for the Cubs fan who apparently has it all.
The item is MLB Authenticated so we know more about it than many of his Relics. We know that it was used on Aug. 7, 2016, in the top of the fourth inning when Russell hit a fly ball off of Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea.
Its cost? You can buy it right now for $400 via Cubs Authentics on MLB Auctions.
Where did the rest of the bat go? Probably to game-used displays where a piece of his bat can be found — or maybe other openers like this one that spotlight other pieces of the bat. (They make those, too.)
There are probably a few collectors who may balk at the idea but few can doubt that this is one of the weirder pieces of memorabilia we’ve seen so far in this new year.
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