The family of Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals great Stan “The Man” Musial have chosen Heritage Auctions to offer The Stan Musial Collection, more than 500 lots of never-before-offered milestone game-used memorabilia, correspondence and mementos from Musial’s personal collection, as the centerpiece of its fall catalog auction. The baseballs from Musial’s 1,000th and 2,000th career hits and an autographed Babe Ruth ball he received as a minor leaguer are included in the auction, set to take place in October.
Musial passed away in January at age 92.
Heritage Auctions will be exhibiting highlights of the collection at its booth, #818, at the National Sports Collectors Convention, July 31-Aug. 4, in Chicago.
“This will be the first look that collectors will get at the collection,” said Heritage Auction Director Chris Ivy, “and we expect the response to be substantial since Musial’s popularity was nationwide. The Musial family has never offered any of Stan’s memorabilia at auction before, though they have donated substantial pieces to museum collections. This is an historic moment in baseball collecting associated with one of the greatest to ever play the game.”
Some of the Musial memorabilia that will be offered for the first time include, but are not limited to:
Milestone baseballs including Musial’s 1,000th, 2000th and 3,200th hit baseballs; several rings including a 2004 St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship Ring presented to Musial; a 2006 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Ring presented to Musial and a 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Ring presented to Musial.
Historic correspondence and autographs including: a Ty Cobb letter written to Musial on the subject of hitting; a Babe Ruth signed baseball personally given to Musial as a minor leaguer; a Branch Rickey letter to Musial regarding his importance to baseball and many presidential items signed and personalized to Musial.
Game-used Musial items will include his 1946 Navy baseball uniform as well as St. Louis Cardinals game-used material.