Hunt Auctions will offer the personal collection of Curt Schilling at The Live Auction at MLB All-Star FanFest in Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, July 12. In addition to the Schilling collection, a legendary Babe Ruth bat used to hit a 620 foot home run during an exhibition game at New York’s famed Sing Sing Prison will headline the sale.
The Hunt Auctions All-Star FanFest Live Auction and Appraisal Fair will begin Friday, July 8 and run through Tuesday, July 12 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The event includes a four-day complimentary appraisal fair for fans visiting MLB All-Star FanFest. Close to 600 items of sports history will be on the auction block when live bidding begins on Tuesday morning, July 12 at 10 a.m.
Schilling’s collection reflects both the exciting moments in his storied career and his passion for baseball history. The items include a Roberto Clemente autographed baseball bat (est. $15,000-$20,000), a 1993 Philadelphia Phillies World Series game used uniform and a 2007 Boston Red Sox World Series game used jersey (both est. $4,000-$6,000), a May 8, 2001 Randy Johnson autographed 20 strikeout game-used baseball ($500-$1,000) and Curt Schilling autographed Red Sox jacket and 2004 World Series Champions hat (est. $1,000-$2,000).
“The 23 years I spent in the game gave me far more than I could ever give back. I am, thankful and blessed. During that time I made a concerted effort to collect memorabilia from the players I was honored to compete against, superstars and every day grinders alike. It's become obvious to me that I cannot proudly display 1/10th of my personal collection. I decided to remove some of my most treasured items, and to have David Hunt and Hunt Auctions sell the remaining pieces," said Curt Schilling.
"While difficult on a personal level to part with these items two very important things will come of this. The items will be able to be displayed by true fans of the game and a cause close to my wife Shonda and I will receive a portion of the proceeds from this auction; The Aspergers Association of New England and Youthcare. Two organizations that proudly assist children affected by Autism and Aspergers; like our son Grant, and that we both know will put these dollars to great use in helping these wonderful children live better lives. So once again the game of baseball serves a greater purpose, and we are proud to be a part of that.”
“The Schilling collection is without question the finest of its type from a modern era player to enter the marketplace. We are honored to have been selected to conduct this special offering and are confident that collectors will cherish this unique offering from one of the finest players of the era.” said David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions.
A Babe Ruth used home run bat from a 1929 exhibition game at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, NY with also star in the auction. Ruth hit what is believed to be the longest home run of his career, 620 feet, against the prison baseball team. The bat estimated at $75,000-$100,000, is being sold by the family of the former Prison Athletic Director.
Other main auction attractions include a Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed baseball c.1927 (est. $20,000-$30,000), a 1981 Reggie Jackson New York Yankees professional model road jersey (est. $10,0000-$15,000), a 1944 Hall of Famer autographed baseball with Babe Ruth, and comedians Abbot & Costello (est. $10,000-$15,000), a 1924 Heinie Groh World Tour baseball uniform (est. $20,000-$30,000) and a Joe DiMaggio professional model baseball bat c.1941-42 (est. $20,000-$30,000).
Items from more modern era players include the original line up card from the Sept. 8, 1998 Mark McGwire 62nd Home Run Game (est. $5,000-$7,500), a 2005 Albert Pujols game worn home jersey from final Busch Stadium season (est. $5,000-$10,000) and a Chase Utley game worn jersey (Est. $2,000-$3,000).
The Auction will offer significant smaller collections. Roberto Clemente related material originating from a Pittsburgh Pirates right field season ticket holder who became friendly with the Pirates outfielder includes a Clemente professional model autographed bat attributed to his 2,999th base hit (est. $20,000-$30,000), a Pittsburgh Pirates hat c.1960s (est. $20,000-$30,000) and a Clemente autographed professional model bat c.1961-67 (est. $7,000-$10,000).
The personal collection of a 1950’s Philadelphia’s Shibe Park bat boy for the Athletics and Phillies features a Mickey Mantle game used bat c.1950-60 (est. $15,000-$20,000) and a Stan Musial game used bat c.1950-60 (est. $3,000-$5,000). The Collection of a Chicago Cubs Executive during the early part of the 20th Century includes a 1908 Chicago Cubs World Champions medal and a 1909 issued Chicago Cubs World Champion pendant. Estimates for both items runs $20,000-$30,000.
Bids for the Live Auction at MLB All-Star FanFest may be made in person at the auction, via phone at 610.524.0822 or online at www.HuntAuctions.com