This year’s All Star Fan Fest auction items include the original lineup cards for the first-ever All Star Game, consigned by the grandson of one of the managers.
Last year, Hunt Auctions offered the first home run ball hit in All Star competition. It sold for $800,000 against a $100,000-150,000 estimate. This year, the lineup cards from that game in 1933 will be up for bid (est. $50,000).
The Pennsylvania-based company spent Thursday morning at AT & T Park in San Francisco unveiliing some of the premier items in the sale, set for July 10. The lineup cards were consigned by the grandson of the late manager Bill McKechnie.
"A lot of people ask ‘Well, why would the family sell?’" president of Hunt Auctions, David Hunt, told MLB.com. "It’s because many times the collectors, museums or whoever buys these things are better stewards than the families themselves. They’re sitting in a folder somewhere not being appreciated."
Among the other items set for the sale: Willie Mays’ 1958 San Francisco Giants home jersey ($30,000-$40,000), a signed Ted Williams game used bat from his final season in 1960 (25,000-$35,000), a Babe Ruth signed baseball attributed to his 16th home run of the 1927 season ($10,000-$15,000) and a Ty Cobb game used baseball bat c.1921-25 ($40,000-$60,000).
The DHL All-Star FanFest will be held from July 6-10 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center West. Hunt will again conduct an appraisal fair prior to the auction.