Costco is known for its bulk supplies of typical supermarket items, stored in massive warehouses and available to paying members at awesome discounts. Exclusive, but worth that extra price for packages stuffed with Kirkland bacon, dense bags of coffee beans and packages of toilet paper that could keep a family of pigs clean for weeks.
Not on most shopping lists, however, are extremely rare sports collectibles, but Costco still comes through in that regard. After all, stopping by the sports memorabilia section on their website reveals a trove of treasures highlighted by two incredibly expensive and verified pieces of baseball history.
The first and most expensive of the two is listed as a Ty Cobb Autographed Detroit Tigers Louisville Slugger Baseball Bat with Inscriptions and will run you a light $159,999.99. If you look closely, you'll see the intentional decision to knock it down a penny instead of listing it a $160,000. I'm sure the latter would put prospective buyers over their limit, whereas $159,999.99 seems reasonable for any collector!
However, the price is warranted. It's the only one of its kind, was given a 10 grade from PSA/DNA and comes with a personal note from the always kind Cobb, reading "With Best Wishes Sincerely - 3/14/49."
The second item, at $63,999.99, features the signature of another member of the inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame induction class: Babe Ruth. It's listed as a Babe Ruth Autographed Home Run Special Baseball (PSA 8), a type of collectible that was specially made, according to Costco's website:
The "Babe Ruth Home Run Special" balls were made with the intention for fans to display on their mantles with the facsimile Ruth signature that is featured prominently over the Home Run Special stamp on the ball's sweet spot facing outward.
This particular ball that is for sale is apparently one of the nicest signed editions of these pieces of memorability "known to be in existence," and it's only on sale until January 15, 2021 for this special event.
At a time when sports memorabilia is booming, particularly in the card industry, everyone's getting in on the action. Even Costco.