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Kirk Gibson’s 1988 home run bat sells for $575,912

Nov 14, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

Kirk Gibson Dodgers home run

I can’t believe what I just saw!

Is it just me, or does over half a million bucks for a bat from 1988 seem excessive? Because that’s what the bat Kirk Gibson used to hit his famous walkoff homer in the 1988 World Series went for last night.  $575,912 to be exact.  Other items sold: the batting helmet he wore ($153,388.80), his MVP award ($110,293.20), his World Series trophy ($45,578.40) and his World Series road uniform ($9,664.80).

I was unaware that players got their own World Series trophy. I also find it neat that someone paid nearly ten grand for a road uniform that never saw game action (Gibson, you’ll recall, did not play in the 1988 Series apart from that famous plate appearance).  Of course, I stopped trying to find rationality in the prices people pay for sports memorabilia years ago.

Gibson is pocketing the money for the bat, the helmet and the  jersey.  Proceeds from the trophies are going towards his foundation. The guy who bought the bat can now show it to people who come over for parties and, ten seconds later, after they say wow and give some smiling nods, he can go refill their cocktails and wonder whether he’s getting his $575,000 worth.

  1. hoopmatch - Nov 14, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    One wonders what his jock strap would fetch on the open market.

  2. chipmaker023 - Nov 14, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    It was a smaller replica of the Commissioner’s Trophy, mostly brass, that the Dodgers gifted Gibson.

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