The 1928 World Series Championship wristwatch given to Lou Gehrig is among the highlights in SCP Auctions’ “Mid-Summer Classic” online auction, with the current high bid now over $100,000 with the buyer’s premium.
The auction at www.scpauctions.com ends this Saturday, August 23, at 7 p.m. PDT.
Gehrig’s 1928 World Series wrist watch was among a small but significant group of his career mementos that was bequeathed by Lou’s mother Christina Gehrig to longtime family friend Ruth Quick upon her death in 1954. The watch remained in the Quick family for more than half a century. Almost reminiscent of the man himself who set a major league record of playing in 2,130 straight games – a mark that stood for 56 years – the watch is still going strong and functioning.
One of the group of seven cabinet photos sent by Young to a friend, probably in the 1930's, this one has been signed "Cy Young" across the chest in 7-8/10 looking vintage blue ink. Young has also identified the photo at the bottom with "Cy". The legendary Hall of Fame pitcher was in his prime with the Spiders from 1890 through 1898, winning 245 games over that nine-year span (see more of the collection and an interview with Dan Imler of SCP, click here).
Other items attracting plenty of attention are Johnny Manziel’s game-worn jersey from his Heisman Trophy winning season. The autographed Texas A&M shirt stood at $29,282 at the time of this writing.
Also up for bid are the Helms Athletic Foundation’s circa 1955 Heisman Trophy duplicate and from Part 2 of the Newport Sports Museum Collection, Tony Dorsett’s 1976 University of Pittsburgh Panthers game-used and autographed home jersey.