About Us

About Us

SMA (Sports & Memorabilia Advisors, LLC) have partnered with MEARS Online Auctions to market this historic Babe Ruth bat.

SMA - Sports & Memorabilia Advisors, LLC: SMA is led by brothers Santino and Stefano Bando, son of former Major League baseball player Sal Bando. With over 30 years combined experience, SMA specializes in the marketing, sale and authentication of private and exclusive memorabilia collections. Our team also represents numerous celebrities and individual members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in endorsement and marketing opportunities. SMA also advises businesses and investors with the acquisition of both celebrity talent and collectibles in their personal and advertising efforts. "Since 1985 when I was at the Oakland Coliseum with my father for an Old-Timers' Game, I had the most fortunate experience of catching a line drive from Willie Mays during batting practice and sitting in the dugout talking with Joe DiMaggio. Since that day, I have been enamored with sports legends and memorabilia which you can never place a monetary value on." - Santino Bando

MEARS Auctions: Formed by company president Troy R. Kinunen, MEARS Auctions has brokered the sale of over $30,000,000 in museum quality sports memorabilia including the very best from Muhammad Ali, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Jim Brown, Michael Jordan, Lou Gehrig, and Wilt Chamberlain. With his experience and integrity, Kinunen has built world class collections for a wide variety of collectors. When asked about this historic 1924 Babe Ruth Autographed Home Run bat, Kinunen explained, "This bat is the most historically significant Ruth bat to enter the hobby in nearly 15 years and ranks among the very top for importance and value. The fact it was used to hit a home run, autographed by the Babe, and includes iron clad provenance and a rare photo of Ruth signing the actual bat; this bat is reserved for the collector that wants a museum class artifact."

Contact Us
SMA - Sports & Memorabilia Advisors, LLC
(414) – 239-0144

santinogroup@aol.com

MEARS Online Auctions
(414)-828-9990
troy@mearsonline.com

During the prime of his career, Ruth
often would place quotes around
"Babe" when signing his name.
George Herman "Babe" Ruth