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Base from Game 7 of 2016 World Series sells at auction for $101,237

Several prized pieces of memorabilia from the 2016 World Series sold for big money at auction, with the base where the final out was recorded in the Chicago Cubs’ Game 7 triumph over the Cleveland Indians netting over $100,000.

The auctions, featuring items authenticated by Major League Baseball and held on its own website, closed Monday night. The big item turned out to be the aforementioned first base bag. Used in the final two innings — the ninth and the 10th — of the thrilling Game 7 that saw the Cubs’ century-plus World Series drought come to a merciful end, snagged a mind-boggling $101,237.

ESPN’s Darren Rovell notes in a report that it’s the highest amount ever paid for a base at auction.

Other items of memorabilia sold ahead of Monday’s auction close included the Cubs’ on-deck circle used in games 1, 2, 6 and 7, which netted $40,575.

The second base bag used in the ninth inning of Game 5 at Wrigley Field, sold for $43,025.

It’s hardly surprising that such a historic bounty of memorabilia generated such big bucks at auction. Between die-hard Cubs fans and savvy collectors driving up the bidding, there’s a good chance these items could very well increase in value in coming years.