Bidders will battle for more than 400 pieces of baseball history to be won this week during the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory19th Annual Auction.
The 2022 batch is available to inquire online through Hunt Auctions. Online pre-auction ends at 9 p.m. Friday and the live auction period begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, virtually and in person, at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory on Main Street. MLB Hall of Fame Jim Thome will be in Louisville to host Slugger’s annual meeting Living Legend Award in a Friday night ceremony at the museum.
Leading up to auction weekend, representatives from Hunt Auctions will be conducting free appraisals Thursday and Friday at Slugger for those who collect sports memorabilia. To schedule an appointment, email Hunt Auctions at [email protected] or call 610-524-0822.
Here’s a look at six auction items that are sure to pique the interest of baseball fans:
Babe Ruth Baseball Glove
Estimated selling price: N / A
According hunting auctions, this “extremely rare and important” piece of Babe Ruth memorabilia was unearthed from the personal collection of jimmy austin, who had an 18-year playing career in MLB before becoming a coach. Auctioneers say authentication processes confirmed the glove was made by Spalding to meet Ruth’s specifications. Austin is also featured in an audio recording from 1964 for “The Glory of Their Time” by Lawrence Ritter explaining how Ruth presented the glove to him: “So I asked the baby; Baby, you got an old, worn glove for me that you could spare? He said by God, I have you.”
“The glove sat in a box for the past 30 years until we discovered its story and heard the incredible audio recording of my Uncle Jim fondly remembering his dear friend Babe Ruth,” Susan Kolokoff said. , a niece of Austin, in a statement. Release. “I am completely stunned by the discovery of the glove’s history and can only imagine the smile Uncle Jim would put on knowing that this incredible piece of baseball history will now be shared with baseball fans around the world. whole world.”
Autographed Jackie Robinson rookie card
Estimated selling price: $100,000 to $150,000
The man who broke MLB’s color barrier, Jackie Robinson, has signed this rookie card with, “Best wishes.” According to Hunt Auctions, Robinson joining the Brooklyn Dodgers five days before the start of the 1947 season “left little time for trading card makers to include him in releases planned for that year”, adding further significance to this collector’s item from 1948. The back reads, in part: “Few players have started a season under more tense or dramatic conditions than Jackie Robinson.”
This card, according to the auctioneers, offers “a unique and perhaps singular opportunity to acquire one of the most important autographed sports cards from the period in which it was issued”.
Willie Mays Professional Model Baseball Bat
Estimated selling price: $15,000 to $25,000
Willie Mays hit 660 home runs in his 23 years in MLB. With bullet marks, seam impressions, rack marks, grain swells and pine tar residue, that Louisville Slugger bat (Model No. R43) is part of its history. According to Hunt Auctions, the shipper acquired the wood directly from Mays when he was granted access to the Giants’ stadium by the team’s former public relations manager, Garry Schumacher. Auctioneers say the bat had a crack in its handle which was professionally repaired.
Autographed Mickey Mantle Baseball Glove
Estimated selling price: $25,000 to $50,000
According to Hunt Auctions, this glove signed by the legendary Mickey Mantle was gifted to a Yankee Stadium fan by one of Mantle’s former teammates, Bobby Richardson. The auctioneers say the glove is a retail model, but note that photographic evidence and player testimonials confirm that “gloves of this nature were occasionally used in Major League play”. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974, Mantle hit 536 home runs during his 18 seasons with the Yankees and was named to the MLB All-Century Team.
Autographed Johnny Bench Catcher’s Glove
Estimated selling price: $25,000 to $50,000
Considered by many to be the greatest receiver of all time, Johnny Bench signed this gaming glovewhich, according to Hunt Auctions, was obtained by one of the Cincinnati Reds’ practice batting pitchers in 1978. A 10-time Gold Glove award winner and first-round Hall of Famer, Bench anchored the Big Red Machine as a safety net during a dominant. run in the 1970s, including back-to-back World Series wins in 1975 and 1976. His 389 home runs remain the most by any Reds player in franchise history.
Autographed uniform of Cal Ripken Jr.
Estimated selling price: $10,000 to $15,000
This autographed Baltimore Orioles uniform, according to Hunt Auctions, was issued to Cal Ripken Jr. during the 1986 season, in which the Hall of Fame shortstop received a Silver Slugger for his 25 homers and 81 RBIs. Auctioneers say the uniform – orange stirrup socks included – was part of Ripken’s people collection and the Baltimore legend has confirmed its use. Nine years after receiving the uniform, Ripken will play his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking an MLB record previously held by Lou Gehrig.
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