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IMAGES | Louisville Slugger Museum hosts live auction for iconic baseball memorabilia

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The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is hosting a live auction for historic baseball memorabilia at 11 a.m. Saturday.

"There are lots of different things from all the great different teams, whether that's Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig," auction president David Hunt said.

Whether the memorabilia is from one of those eras or it's current, it's all part of history, and people are willing to spend big money for a piece of it.

"Game-used bats, souvenir pieces, we've got a really incredible collection of post cards, as weird as that may seem,” Hunt said.

If you're a big spender or just a big fan, chances are you can find something in a reasonable price range at the 13th Annual Live Auction. Cards and baseballs start down around $10 and $20.

“You can find items that are just a Stan Musial signed ball or a Cal Ripken signed item or Derek Jeter. That might be $100 or $200, and then we have things like a bat used by Babe Ruth or Ted Williams that could literally cost $50,000, if not more, each,” Hunt said.

If baseball fans would rather make money, they can get their prized sports possessions appraised for free.

“In an area like Louisville, so rich in sports history, we've had some incredible pieces come in over the years,” Hunt said. "Whether you want to sell it or not, we just encourage people to bring their things down and find out what they're worth and make sure they're preserving them properly.”

More than 400 items are up for auction, and admission is free. Interested bidders can preview the items Friday before they bid on Saturday.

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