Still facing financial problems, former Mets and Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra is selling off more memorabilia—and a very expensive watch.
Just over two months after the sale of some of his championship and All-Star rings, more Lenny Dykstra memorabilia is on the market. Patrizzi & Company, known for its auctions of watches, clocks and timpieces, is offering Dykstra’s 1993 Silver Slugger Award, a Player of the Week award and his personal 1986 Mets World Series trophy in an auction scheduled for December 14 in New York. It’s the second time in three months the trophy has been on the block. It was also in Heritage Auctions’ fall auction along with several other Dykstra pieces.
Failed business dealings have put the once-brash and supposedly wealthy Dykstra in financial straits. He’s faced two dozen lawsuits over the past two years and is reported to owe millions of dollars to creditors despite career earnings of over $36 million over a 13-year career. The memorabilia sales have been aimed at satisfying some of Dykstra’s debt.
What is likely the most valuable item in the Patrizzi sale isn’t baseball related. An 18k Patek Philippe watch owned by Dykstra and consigned to the sale carries a pre-sale estimate of $28-35,000. His World Series trophy and plaque are estimated at $18-25,000 while the Slugger and Player of the Week awards are being sold together with an estimate of $12,000-16,000.
Dykstra’s 1986 World Series ring sold for $56,762 in a September sale conducted by Heritage which also offered Dykstra’s NLCS and All-Star rings as well as several notable home run balls. It isn’t known why Dyksta’s World Series trophy is back on the block.
Dykstra won the Silver Slugger award when he led the National League with 194 hits in 1993 and finished second to Barry Bonds in NL MVP voting. The other eight members of the National League Silver Slugger team that season were Bonds, Jay Bell, Dave Justice, Fred McGriff, Mike Piazza, Robby Thompson, Matt Williams and Orel Hershiser.
The National League Player of the Week award is given to an outstanding member of the league for a particular week during the regular season. Dykstra was given the plaque for his performance during the week of May 28 to June 3, 1990, also while playing for the Phillies.