The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908 or an N.L. pennant since 1945. But if this MLB postseason has reminded us of anything, it is that there was a time the Cubs were among the most successful teams in baseball. In fact, for the first half of organized baseball's existence, the Cubs were really good.
Luckily, America's Pastime has preserved its artifacts, Many of those items are being showcased in New York this week, as Christie's will host "The Golden Age of Baseball" auction Oct. 19-20. Game-used memorabilia from Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and more are part of the auction, which includes items with projected sale prices more than a half-million dollars. The showcased item is a Jackson "Black Betsy" bat, one of only two known to be in existence.
The auction's selections come from the National Pastime Museum. Many of the materials toured the country in the lead-up to the auction. Here are 13 of the most impressive items.
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson Professional Model Bat ($500,000-$700,000)
Adrian "Cap" Anson Professional Model Bat ($300,000-$400,000)
Jackie Robinson Professional Model Bat ($300,000-$400,000)
Lou Gehrig Professional Model Bat ($300,000-$400,000)
Mickey Mantle Professional Model Bat ($60,000-$80,000)
Babe Ruth Signed Baseball ($40,000-$60,000)
Joe Jackson Signed Bill Of Sale ($30,000-$50,000)
History of Colored Baseball ($15,000-$20,000)
Final Out Of The 1909 World Series ($10,000-$15,000)
Josh Gibson Photograph ($10,000-$15,000)
Mike "King" Kelly Signed Photograph ($150,000-$200,000)
1914 Providence Grays Team Photo ($15,000-$20,000)
1909 Philadelphia Giants Team Photo ($10,000-$15,000)
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