Jackie Robinson All-Star Game Bat Sells For Record $1.08 Million

(KTLA) – A bat used by baseball icon Jackie Robinson in the 1949 All-Star Game sold at auction for a record $1.08 million.

The bat was used in the 1949 All-Star Game in Brooklyn in which Robinson hit a brace and scored three runs. This year’s Midsummer Classic also marked the first time black players were selected for an All-Star Game.

The No. 42 would end this season receiving the National League Most Valuable Player award.

Robinson kept the bat in his personal collection as a keepsake to commemorate the historic accomplishment.

The bat was purchased by Hunt Auctions at a public auction on behalf of an unnamed private client.

David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions, said he was honored to be involved in the sale of such an important piece of American sports history. Hunt said the sale of the Jackie Robinson bat was part of growing demand and increased value for the batsman’s barrier-breaking memorabilia.

“For years we have seen prices rise for items related to Robinson’s iconic career and see more room for growth as his legacy rightfully becomes more important to every generation of fans,” Hunt said in a press release.

In 2020, Hunt Auctions was involved in the sale of a 1950 Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey for a record price of $4.2 million. Hunt Auctions said the record price for any baseball memorabilia was a 1928-30 Babe Ruth New York Yankees road jersey that sold in 2019 for $5.6 million.

To see photos of Jackie Robinson’s record bat, click here.

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