Hunt Auctions' latest catalog has a definite wine-colored feel to it. The company's upcoming auction includes dozens of Philadelphia Phillies items old and new, including the collection of the late Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts.
The Roberts family selected Hunt to sell numerous collectible items from his long career including the World Series ring he was given in 2008, his Hall of Fame induction ring, signed and game-used items and other Phillies-related pieces that Roberts hung onto prior to his death last year.
There is even a Babe Ruth signed baseball Roberts received when an ailing Babe visited the team's spring training complex in the late 1940s. Bidding on the Hall of Fame ring had already surpassed $9,000 as of Wednesday night.
The live portion of the auction takes place April 12 at Citizen's Bank Park, with bidding also available online.
A total of over 300 lots are being offered.
Among the Phillies items in the sale is a 2010 Roy Halladay game-worn jersey, a base from Halladay's 2010 playoff no-hitter, and a 2009 Charlie Manuel Opening day game-worn jersey. Proceeds from several dozen auction items consigned by the Phillies will benefit Phillies Charities.
Roberts won 305 games in the big leagues during a lengthy career. He was a seven time All-Star, six time (20) game winner, four time win champion and pitched 300+ innings in six different seasons. He was incredibly popular for his work on and off the field.