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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Phil Niekro’s cap and the ball Niekro tossed to earn his 3,000 career strikeout on July 4th, 1984. He is the ninth pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts.  Pictured here: Phil Niekro's cap and the ball he tossed to earn his 3,000 career strikeout on July 4th, 1984. He is the ninth pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts. (Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is just a few hits shy of reaching 3,000 hits, a career milestone that only 27 other Major League Baseball players have reached. Authenticators will be on duty at Yankee Stadium and ready to stamp on the MLB hologram — whenever the hit occurs. Take a peek at other milestone memorabilia items that fetched a pretty penny.

(Sources: SCP Auctions and National Baseball Hall of Fame)

The baseball from Alex Rodriguez's 500th home run was auctioned for $103,579 in 2010.
Courtesy of SCP Auctions

The baseball from Alex Rodriguez's 500th home run was auctioned for $103,579 in 2010.

Mickey Mantle used this bat to hit his 500th career home run in 1967.
Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

Mickey Mantle used this bat to hit his 500th career home run in 1967.

Mickey Mantle led baseball in batting average, home runs, and RBI’s during the 1956 season. This was the final bat he used that year, when he won the Triple Crown.
Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library
Mickey Mantle led baseball in batting average, home runs and RBI during the 1956 season. This was the final bat he used that year, when he won the Triple Crown.

Mickey Mantle led baseball in batting average, home runs and RBI during the 1956 season. This was the final bat he used that year, when he won the Triple Crown.

Phil Niekro’s cap and the ball Niekro tossed to earn his 3,000 career strikeout on July 4th, 1984. He is the ninth pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts.
Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library
Pictured here: Phil Niekro's cap and the ball he tossed to earn his 3,000 career strikeout on July 4th, 1984. He is the ninth pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts.

Pictured here: Phil Niekro's cap and the ball he tossed to earn his 3,000 career strikeout on July 4th, 1984. He is the ninth pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts.

 The helmet Alex Rodriguez wore when he hit his 500th career home run on Aug. 4, 2007.
Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library
The helmet Alex Rodriguez wore when he hit his 500th career home run on Aug. 4, 2007.

The helmet Alex Rodriguez wore when he hit his 500th career home run on Aug. 4, 2007.

On August 11, 1929, Babe Ruth hit this ball to become the first player with 500 home runs.
Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

On August 11, 1929, Babe Ruth hit this ball to become the first player with 500 home runs.

In Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, Babe Ruth pointed this bat toward the center field bleachers, supposedly declaring that his next swing would be a home run. On the next pitch, Ruth landed a home ru
Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

In Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, Babe Ruth pointed this bat toward the center field bleachers, supposedly declaring that his next swing would be a home run. On the next pitch, Ruth landed a home run in center field.

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