Geppi’s Auction Ends with Staub Collection

Over 600 lots of sports memorabilia including the collections of Phil Rizzuto and Rusty Staub were part of a two-day auction fest for Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show. And..oh was a very old Babe Ruth bat.

Rusty Staub enjoyed a long career in the Major Leagues. He saved a lot of memorabilia over the years, but Wednesday night it all went on the auction block.

Staub’s entire personal collection was up for sale via the second half of the Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show auction.

Among the more meaningful items Staub decided to part with were his first Major League hit ball ($1170) and a ball he hit for a home run in the 1973 World Series which sold for $2223 including the 17% buyer’s premium.

A restaurateur, broadcaster, and philanthropist in his retirement years, Staub established the New York Police and Fire Widow’s and Children’s Benefit Fund Foundation, Inc., which predated 9/11 but swung into action before the day was over on that tragic day.

He also heads the Rusty Staub Foundation, a major program of which is the seven emergency food pantry locations in the five boroughs of New York City that do over 600,000 meals a year. A portion of the auction proceeds will go to those two foundations.

The highlight of the second day of auction activity, though, was the game-used Babe Ruth baseball bat that sold for $96,525. The Spalding bat, dated to Ruth’s early years with the Red Sox, was authenticated by Dave Bushing of MEARS who stated the bat was "the only rookie era block lettered Spalding Babe Ruth pro-model bat known to date."

You can’t win an MVP award unless you happen to play Major League Baseball but you could buy one Tuesday night.

Phil Rizzuto\'s 1950 AL MVP award was part of a sports memorabilia auction Phil Rizzuto’s 1950 MVP plaque, presented to him by the Baseball Writers Association of America, sold for $175,500 on the first day of a two-day auction by Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show, which including the much watched Phil Rizzuto Collection.

The price includes a 17% buyer’s commission. The name of the purchaser is not being announced at this time. The MVP award has emerged in the news in recent weeks as Derek Jeter, who last week passed Rizzuto for most games played by a Yankee shortstop, now seems poised to challenge for MVP honors this season. It would make him the first Yankee shortstop since Rizzuto to win it.

Collectors were also tuned to the values of the three World Series rings in
the auction. The 1953 ring, representing the Yankees’ fifth consecutive
world championship with Rizzuto at short, went for $32,175. His 1996 ring, from his last year as a Yankees broadcaster, (Jeter’s rookie season), went for $29,250, and his 1978 ring, from the Yankees’ “Bucky Dent” comeback season, went for $23,400. An original Leroy Neiman painting of Rizzuto bunting sold for $21,060, while a Yogi Berra catcher’s mitt, specially constructed to Yogi’s specifications, sold for $23,400.

A Rizzuto Yankee cap that is more than a half a century old, but still
containing a wad of chewed gum on the cap (A Rizzuto trademark), sold for $8,190.

"We wanted this to do well for Phil, and it did," said Marty Appel, a spokesman for GMRS. "It was not easy for him to part with his lifetime of memorabilia, but he had no idea how to divide it among his children, and realized that this was a good solution."

Among items apart from The Rizzuto Collection, a signed Babe Ruth baseball went for $29,250 and a 1911 Boston uniform complete with jersey, pants, socks, a mitt, and a player contract, sold for $15,210.

Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show specializes in collections consigned directly from players, their families or their representatives.