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Cubs catcher David Ross’ Game 7 equipment fetches $50,000 at auction

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The Chicago Cubs have at long last broken their century-plus World Series curse and by all appearances memorabilia collectors are willing to pay top dollar to get their hands on any game-used items, especially anything from Game 7.

Arguably helping set the relative market value for game-used items is the news that the equipment worn by Cubs catcher David Ross’ during Game 7 recently fetched an astounding $50,000 at auction.

Harry Caray’s restaurant chain CEO Grant DePorter plunked down the $50K for the now-retired Ross’ signed helmet, chest protector and shin guards.

Ross was seen as the embodiment of the Cubs fulfilling the longtime quest for World Series glory, which is why DePorter was willing to part with such a considerable sum of money.

“I don’t know that there’s any player that really symbolized this year more than Ross,” DePorter said.

DePorter plans to put Ross’ gear on display at a planned display celebrating the Cubs’ triumph at the Chicago Sports Museum.

It’s hardly surprising that interest in Cubs-related World Series memorabilia is immense, but how much will it drive up the prices on game-used items?

“The Cubs factor is without question driving prices sky high,” Rob Steinmetz, host of sports memorabilia show, “A Piece of the Game,” wrote in an email to the Chicago Tribune. “The World Series win has most certainly increased interest in Cubs stuff from the past.

“However, the prices of memorabilia related to the current team is unlike anything I’ve seen in my 25+ years in (this business).”

Steinmetz added that World Series game-used balls in the past could fetch a few hundred dollars, he expects interest will drive the price for game-used balls from this year’s World Series upwards to perhaps $2,000 or more.

“And that’s just for a foul ball or some other insignificant play,” Steinmetz added.

It will be interesting to see how the Cubs’ long-awaited and dramatic turnaround from lovable losers to champions will help drive the market for World Series-related Cubs memorabilia. But the $50,000 paid for David Ross’ tools of ignorance indicates bidding will only be for the brave.