The coolest auction you probably missed all weekend

It’s been a few years since game-used cards featuring slivers of bats have been relevant. Hell, there used to be a time you could sell a bat card of Juan Gonzalez for $20-$30. But when the craze started there were a slew of awesome cards produced including this 1999 Upper Deck 500 Home Run Club card featuring bat pieces from Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.

This limited edition card was sold this week in an auction you probably didn’t even get a chance to see.  The auction was red hot, yet only was viewed about 380 times by the time it ended about 10 p.m. Pacific on Friday night. Want to guess where the bidding ended? Just the price of a used car — $5,400. The bidding jumped $2,000 in the last 10 seconds.

What’s interesting to note here is the certificate on the back of the card. It says the bats are game-used, but mentions they were obtained by a third-party. Nothing inherently suspicious about the certificate, but it’s only worth noting due to the issues that we’ve seen in recent years with Upper Deck.

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