Nearly 71 years after his passing, Babe Ruth could be on the brink of another record.
A game-worn Ruth jersey from the late 1920s is set to be auctioned off at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, and it is expected to set a new record as the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. The current record is for a different Ruth jersey.
"There was one sold some years ago that is currently the world record, and that's just around $4.5 million," David Hunt, the president of Hunt Auctions, told NBC News.
The grey jersey with "Yankees" written out across the chest, a rarity in the franchise's history, is considered one of the last surviving Ruth jerseys and has his last name stitched in the collar.
According to Newsday, the jersey once had a No. 3 on the back but at some point was removed, leaving a faint outline. The Yanks first put numbers on the backs of jerseys in 1929.
This Saturday, a Yankee Stadium auction will feature what could be the most expensive item of sports memorabilia ever sold: a 1920s-era jersey worn by baseball legend Babe Ruth. pic.twitter.com/DB3LGtC1hc- NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) June 13, 2019
A bat, game-worn cleats and an autographed baseball have also been given by the Ruth family to be put up for auction.
"It took me two years to decide to do this, and it's kind of like saying goodbye to family," Linda Ruth Tosetti, Ruth's granddaughter, told NBC News. "I can sleep at night because I'm not afraid somebody's gonna hit me over the head to steal them."
Ruth's grandson, Tom Stevens, added, "There's a certain reluctance, certainly, in letting these things go."
The bat is expected to be the second-most expensive item at the auction, with Newsday reporting it could go for between $700,000 and $1 million. Proceeds will benefit the Ruth family and its charity efforts, per Newsday.