A guest on Antiques Roadshow couldn't quite believe that his baseball signed by a sporting legend came in at a whopping $100,000 (£79,800).

An episode which aired earlier this week saw the team head to Texas where they saw a variety of unique antiques Stateside. But one which really stole the show was a guest who brought his signed vintage baseball.

The ball, which was a gift for his 13th birthday, was signed by Babe Ruth on August 27, 1961. His coach disappeared after the guest was given the ball and returned with even more signatures.

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Baseball legends Mickey Mantle and Roger Marris also ended up signing the ball. Professional appraiser Leila Dunbar was also baffled by the huge price tag.

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The ball was signed by baseball legends

She said to the guest: "Well we've got Ruth 31 right here, here's Mantle and it shows Mickey Mantle 1961 on there, and then we flip it around and there is Roger Marris. And did you know what was going on that summer?"

He explained that Mickey Mantle and Roger Marris had their home run duel to break Babe Ruth's record. Leila said he was correct and added: "That's what I love about this baseball.

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The ball was a gift for his 13th birthday

"Here you have Babe Ruth who of course broke his own home run record in 1927 - setting it at 60 home runs in a single season - broke his home run record of 1921 where he hit 59 home runs and you fast forward to 1961 and you have the MandM boys."

She told the guest that in all her years in sports she's never seen a baseball signed by Babe Ruth, Micky Mantle and Roger Marris. Leila added that a ball signed by Ruth in his heyday was a shocker in itself.

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He said he'd "never dreamed" of the ball being worth such a huge amount

The estimation to put it up at auction was between $30-$50,000 (£24-40,000). The guest said he "didn't anticipate" that it could go for that much and added: "I never dreamed of this".

And another shock came in fast as it was revealed at the end of the segment that it was worth the estimation... in 2008. But in 2023 it had doubled to a whopping $50-100,000 (£79,800) by 2023.

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