A one-of-a-kind ticket to the 1867 meeting where the decision was made to exclude African-American players from the National Association of Base-Ball Players is going up for auction tomorrow. (via Sports Collectors Daily)
Mike Piazza‘s first inning at bat against Roger Clemens in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series led to one of the more bizarre moments in post-season history.
Now, some collector has the chance to own the bat shard that was at the center of the controversy.
Former New York Yankees strength and conditioning coach Jeff Mangold is selling the bat barrel through Dallas-based Heritage Auctions on Saturday, February 22nd. Early internet bidding had already raised the price to $4,000 as of Wednesday evening; the auction catalog estimate is $10,000 plus.
“I’ve had this for 13 years,” Mangold told ESPN’s Darren Rovell. “It was just sitting in my office and very few people knew about it. But I think this is an article of sports memorabilia that has some substance to it.”
So, baseball fans, if you had $10,000 to spend on a piece of memorabilia, is this something you’d want in your collection? I think I’d pass – the incident is really not the high point of either player’s career nor one I especially enjoy remembering.
One of the most famous baseball cards — a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner — is hitting the auction block next month. This copy, one of only three graded EX 5 by PSA, is the centerpiece of Goldin Auctions‘ February auction.
“With less that 60 authenticated Wagner cards out there, the opportunity to purchase one does not come around very often… It is easily the most famous of all trading cards and the ultimate addition to any collection,” said company founder Ken Goldin in a press release. “The fact that this Wagner carries a grade of EX 5 by PSA puts it in a class with just two others that have ever been graded. The day has arrived for someone new to lay claim to this investment grade piece of baseball and American history.”
In 2008, this card sold for $1.62 million. Last year, another T206 Wagner in lesser condition, graded VG 3 sold for over $1.2 million.
How much do you think this Honus Wagner card will sell for? If you had a couple million to invest in sports memorabilia, would you target this baseball card or would you look for something else?
A copy of the agreement that banished Pete Rose from Major League Baseball will highlight Goldin Auctions’ premier event next month. The five-page document was Rose’s personal copy and is signed by Rose, Bart Giamatti and Fay Vincent.
“The banishment of Pete Rose from baseball is one of the most significant events in baseball in the past 50 years, making this among the most important documents in baseball history, not just because if it’s significance but because it is the only known document signed by Rose, Giamatti and Vincent – the three key figures in the decision that has left baseball’s Hit King and one of the most popular players in baseball history exiled from the game for more than 23 years,” Ken Goldin explained in a press release. “We know there are many baseball historians, collectors and Rose fans in Philadelphia, Cincinnati and around the world that will need to have this original document in their collections.”
Some of the other auction highlights include a 1980 Philadelphia Phillies World Series Ring, a 1908-10 Ty Cobb Game Used Bat, Barry Lyons‘ 1986 World Series Ring and Michael Jordan‘s old American Express card.
(Photo by Kjunstorm from Laguna Niguel, CA, US. Color-corrected, cropped and red eye removed by Daniel Case 2008-07-16 (Pete Rose) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Unfortunately, I didn’t save any of the other links. Santana signed everything that the Mets could find to sell. (If you missed out on the other auctions, you can still bid on the on-deck circle equipment bag, currently at $1,261.00 with 21 bids and six days remaining.)
Imagine how much higher the sale prices could have been if the economy was good. 🙂