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Ted Wilks Collection Up for Bid

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Baseball memorabilia from the collection of the late big league pitcher Ted Wilks will enter the market for the first time this weekend at a Florida auction.

Wilks played for three different teams over a ten-year big league career–the Cardinals, Pirates and Indians.  He made 385 appearances, mostly as a reliever and finished his career with a 59-30 record and 3.26 earned run average.  He was a member of two World Series championship teams in St. Louis, 1944 and ’46.

Ted_WilksWilks’ 1946 World Series ring, several of his contracts, a team-signed ball, a game ball, photos and other items will be sold at auction.

Wilks died in 1989 at age 73 and his wife passed away recently.  The couple’s grandchildren are now selling items from his big league career that had been stored in trunks for decades.

The Lakeland, Florida auction takes place on October 9th at 10 a.m. Lot viewing is Friday October 8th from 6pm – 8pm and 8 am day of auction. The auction is open to the public and is free to attend.  There is also Internet, phone and absentee bidding available via Manor Auctions website.

A spokesman for the auction company tells Sports Collectors Daily they expect around 1,000 online bidders and 200 on the floor.

Some of the other items being sold at auction include:

• 1944 Baseball World Series Wife’s Ring of Ted Wilks  (jeweler’s copy)
• Inscribed game ball
• 1947 Cardinals team signed baseball
• More than 30 Signed / Autographed Professional Baseball Player Photographs
• More than 10 Signed Original Professional Baseball Player Contracts from the 1940’s – 1950’s

More items from Wilks estate are expected to be sold before the year is over.

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