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    Default Top 10: Coveted Sports Gear

    Buying and selling sports memorabilia has become a multibillion-dollar industry. It has gone way beyond a few sports nuts geeking out over baseball cards. Now patrons will spend millions on autographed football helmets, jerseys worn by hall-of-famers, record-breaking baseballs, antiquated equipment, and replicas of famous trophies. Anything related to a great player, game or match can be worth something. That is why fans will hoard everything up to and including sweat-stained towels for decades, just in case the associated player ends up a superstar with a profitable legacy. Unfortunately, the FBI reports that even sports-collectibles fraud has become "a multimillion-dollar-a-year industry.”

    Now, if you're a sports fan, seeing a famous piece of sports gear fetch millions at auction makes sense. That obviously wealthy person is not just making an investment; he is buying a piece of history. If you're not a hardcore fan, it is probably tougher for you to fathom. But consider the amount of hype and fanfare surrounding even each year's set of Super Bowl commercials. Now condense that energy into a single item and let it sit around for countless decades to the point that it also has nostalgic value. That is how fans feel about the most-coveted sports memorabilia. These people are not just buying a house, car or stock portfolio, but a piece of sports heroes past. From baseball to football, soccer, basketball, and hockey, here are 10 items that incite such fervor in fans.


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    No.10 Hank Aaron's 755th Home-Run Ball

    Became A Part Of Sports Lore In: 1976
    What It’s Worth: $650,000

    In 1974, Aaron broke Babe Ruth's career home run record by blasting his 715th beyond the wall. But the ball from that run isn't his most coveted. The most precious piece of "Hammerin' Hank" memorabilia is the ball from his final home run on July 20, 1976, his 755th blast, which set the record until Barry Bonds surpassed it. A groundskeeper at Milwaukee's County Stadium retrieved the ball in the empty left-field stands and was fired by the Brewers for not turning it over. A fair trade, considering what it ended up being worth.



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    No.9 Oldest surviving FA Cup

    Became A Part Of Sports Lore In: 1896
    What It’s Worth: £478,000

    Only four FA Cups have been produced since the competition began in 1871. This particular one was introduced in 1896, when The Wednesday beat the Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1. Retired in 1910, millionaire chairman of the Birmingham City FC David Gold bought the Cup at audition, stating, "The Germans might have won more World Cups than us, but I couldn't stand by and let them win the FA Cup as well. This is surely one of the country's most important items of sporting heritage."



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    No.8 Babe Ruth's Bat From His First Home Run At Yankee Stadium

    Became A Part Of Sports Lore In: 1923
    What It’s Worth: $1.265 million

    Nearly anything The Bambino touched during his legendary baseball career will fetch a sizeable price at auction. The contract used when the Red Sox agreed to sell Ruth to the Yankees for $100,000 fetched almost 10 times that at $996,000. The ball hit for Ruth’s first-ever home run in an All-Star Game is worth $805,000. One of his Yankees Jerseys went for $657,250. But the bat that Ruth used to christen the famous Yankee Stadium is the priciest of them all.


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    No.7 Paul Henderson's hockey sweater


    Became A Part Of Sports Lore In: 1972
    What It’s Worth: $1.275 million

    Hockey may not be the most popular sport outside of Canada, but the fans may be more devout and rabid than those of any other. In June 2010, Paul Henderson's sweater, worn during the 1972 Summit Series when he scored the winning goal in Team Canada's emotional victory over the Soviets, sold for $1.275 million. This is by far the most ever paid for a hockey sweater. The previous record had been $191,200 for a Bobby Orr rookie jersey.



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    No.6 Houston Oilers helmet signed by Bum Phillips


    Became A Part Of Sports Lore In: 1970s
    What It's Worth: $2 million

    Former NFL coach Bum Phillips may no longer be a household name, but he continues to be one of the most beloved sports icons in Texas. He coached the Oilers during their most successful stretch, reaching the 1978 and 1979 AFC Championship games. Arguably the league's most charismatic figure of the era, Phillips always wore his Stetson cowboy hat on the sidelines. In 2011, at a charity auction in Beaumont, Texas, this helmet signed by Phillips and several of his players became the most expensive piece of football memorabilia.




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    No.5 Honus Wagner baseball card

    Became A Part Of Sports Lore In: 1909
    What It’s Worth: $2.35 million

    This Pittsburgh Pirate shortstop, nicknamed The Flying Dutchman, is in the Baseball Hall of Fame and a part of MLB's All-Century Team, but that isn't why this card is so sought after. Wagner objected to the use of his likeness on early tobacco baseball cards, therefore making those in existence extremely rare. Some claim he didn't want to promote tobacco use, especially on baseball cards meant for children.



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    No.4 Mark McGwire 70th Home-Run Ball


    Became A Part Of Sports Lore In: 1998
    What It’s Worth: $2.6 million

    Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, proves that comic-book nerds can also be sports geeks. A year after being caught up in the home-run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa during the 1998 season, McFarlane won McGwire's sports-milestone-setting ball with a bid reportedly well above all other offers. Experts now estimate the ball is now worth around a third of what McFarlane paid, but we can't be sure until he tries to sell it.



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    No.3 "Rutherford Stick"


    Became A Part Of Sports Lore In: Circa 1860s
    What It’s Worth: $2.2 million

    Considered the oldest hockey stick in the world, this antique (unfortunately not pictured) drew a top bid of $2.2 million in December 2006, but didn't change owners. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, owner Gord Sharpe, who had inherited the stick from his grandfather, put it up for auction again. Appraisers set its worth at over $4 million dollars. But there doesn't seem to be a record of anyone biting. That may have something to do with there being some question as to whether or not it's truly the oldest hockey stick. A 19th-century, maple-root stick owned by Nova Scotia youth worker Mark Presley may actually be the real deal.



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    No.2 Geoff Hurst's World Cup shirt


    Became A Part Of Sports Lore In: 1966
    What It’s Worth: £2.3 million

    The red #10 worn by Sir Geoff Hurst is iconic to any British sports fan. While wearing the jersey, the legendary striker scored arguably three of the most historic goals in World Cup history in the 4-2 championship win over Germany in 1966. His hat trick that day is technically a "perfect hat trick," as he scored with his head, right foot and left foot. Sir Geoff sold the shirt in June 2000 in an auction to a private collector for £91,750. It turned out to be a good investment, considering the return only 10 years later.



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    No.1 James Naismith's original rules of basketball

    Became A Part Of Sports Lore In: 1891
    What It’s Worth: $4.3 million

    During the winter of 1891, sports coach James Naismith began teaching a new gentlemanly game at the Y.M.C.A. Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. He typed out the rules on note paper, including such classics as no “shouldering, holding, pushing, or striking”; the ball “may be batted in any direction”; and a “player cannot run with the ball” but “must throw it from the spot on which he catches it.” This became the internationally beloved sport of basketball, and, in 2010, the original rules collectively became the most expensive piece of memorabilia ever sold



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