Game-used baseball bats are often some of the most-abused and most-personalized pieces of game-used memorabilia to hit the market.
And, because of the number of bats a player uses in a season, they can also be bargain-priced at times. But in the case of the Old Hickory J143M used by Mike Trout to hit four home runs during 2013? Well, that bat opened at $2,000 and sits at $7,000 after 17 bids with plenty of time remaining … so not every bat can be a bargain.
Check out this gallery of 18 gamers presently up for grabs right now from Goldin Auctions. You can see a larger image, the model specs and the opening bid price once inside the gallery.
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With the final out of the 2015 World Series coming less than 24 hours ago, Topps has 12 more postseason prints available to collectors commemorating the Greatest Moments of this fall.
Whether you’re a fan of the world champion Kansas City Royals and their cast of young stars or the runner-up New York Mets and their powerful young arms, there are options for you. There are six prints — six Silvers limited to just 25 serial-numbered copies for $34.99 and six 1/1 Golds that are $199.
The Kansas City Royals are your World Series champions with a cast of younger veteran players who have all-around skills but perhaps not one overall superstar who is a hobby darling.
But thanks to Eric Hosmer‘s hustle on a ground ball in the ninth to tie it and a five-run rally in the 12th, the Royals wear the crown this year in MLB.
Hosmer has arguably the most potential in the hobby with a good amount of 2008 USA Baseball and other prospect cards predating his MLB card arrivals in 2011. Overall, he has more than 1,500 unique cards and more than 300 certified autographs for collectors to chase. They’re not overly plentiful like some stars from that timeframe, but they are out there. If you can’t land some of his USA ink, look for the affordable autos in 2008 Razor Signature Series. He’s there because he was a Razor exclusive before his Topps autos arrived in 2011.
Update (Nov. 8): Alcides Escobar’s home run ball sold for $19,200.
If you’re a collector of the Kansas City Royals or New York Mets, there are already a number of options for collecting the 2015 World Series just two games into the showdown.
That’s thanks to Topps and MLB Auctions.
From Topps there are already commemorative prints showcasing plays from the first two games as part of its ongoing Postseason Moments wall art line. From MLB Auctions, there are game-used items already on the auction block.