Closing out (we think) what has to be the busiest month for sports memorabilia auctions in history, a group of St. Louis Cardinals items is sold including Bob Gibson’s 1964 contract and a hoard of Gibby’s personal checks.
He didn’t know it when he took pen to paper and committed to another year with the team, but 1964 would be a very good year for the St. Louis Cardinals and Bob Gibson.
The competitive right-hander would help pitch the Redbirds into the World Series where they beat the Yankees. Over 40 years later, the contract he signed for a princely sum of $26,000 has been sold. Lelands offered the pact as part of a special auction of Cardinals-only memorabilia. The winning bid was $2028.24 including the buyer’s premium.
The highest priced item turned out to be group of 500 Gibson-signed checks which brought a winning bid of $5786.
The final pitching rubber used at the old Busch Stadium, closed in 2005, was a popular piece. It sold for $2585. Two 1920s Cardinals World Series programs with ticket stubs also reached into four figures.