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Spahn Collection, Jackie Robinson Debut Ball Among FanFest Auction Items

Hunt Auctions has opened the 9th annual All-Star Fan Fest Auction including the sale of the Warren Spahn collection. The five days of auction festivities begins Friday, July 12 and will include an appraisal fair and daily silent auctions. The  schedule will culminate with a two day live auction taking place at the Jacobs Javits Center in New York City on Monday July 15 and Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. In all, there are over 800 items to bid on.  Preliminary bidding is already underway at HuntAuctions.com.

In addition to memorabilia from Spahn’s long career, the auction will include a game used ball from Jackie Robinson’s groundbreaking debut at Ebbets Field.  It comes from the family of Artie Gore, an umpire who also made his big league debut that day.  Ken Griffey, Jr. has also consigned unique auction items with his proceeds being donated to Florida Hospital Foundation.

Warren Spahn 1957 Cy Young AwardThe Spahn collection will give fans a chance to own over 400 items including his 1957 Cy Young Award, Hall of Fame induction ring, game used jerseys, championship rings, and other pieces that reflect the players and teams he played alongside and against.  Spahn’s 363 wins are the most by a left-handed pitcher in baseball history. The Spahn family is offering the collection publicly for the first time.

Bidding on the Cy Young Award is already at $27,500.

“Warren Spahn’s name is synonymous with excellence within the game of baseball.” remarked David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions. “His career statistical records are nothing short of astounding with several marks likely to never be eclipsed. The legacy of Spahn’s baseball career coupled with his service with valor to the US Military during World War II make this particular collection one of great importance which will quite certainly command strong demand.”

Other highlights from the auction will include the following:

Major League Baseball Umpire Artie Gore Collection

April 15, 1947 is a historic date in MLB history, remembered as the day Jackie Robinson made his professional debut at Game used Jackie Robinson debut ball 1947Ebbets Field.  That same day at Ebbetts Field was also the Major League debut of Artie Gore, a well-respected umpire who would call 1,464 games between 1947-56 including two World Series  and two MLB All Star Games.  Gore’s personal collection is being offered at auction for the first time by his family.

The group of items includes the game-used Robinson debut ball and a game-used Ted Williams game used jersey dating from 1946-48. The shirt is one of only a handful of pre 1950 examples known to exist and is estimated to bring between $100,000-$200,000.

Chris Chambliss Ball & Bat

New York fans will remember the famous walk off home run hit by Yankees slugger Chris Chambliss from the 1976 American League Championship Series. The home run set off a chaotic celebration within Yankee Stadium, the image of which remains an iconic benchmark of the 1970s era. The actual ball and bat used to hit the home run are being offered by Chambliss within the auction and are expected to draw national interest.

1976 ALCS Chris Chambliss bat

“I have enjoyed these pieces and the memories they evoke for many years. With the MLB All-Star Game being played in New York I felt the time was right to bring these two items back into the spotlight for all the great baseball fans to enjoy.” Remarked Chris Chambliss. “These pieces represent the finest moment of my career. The way I received the ball and bat are great stories under the circumstances. It was a moment I will never forget and the fans of New York help me to remember the moment also.”

Ted Leaper Collection

In the 1920s a manager at New York’s famed Paramount Theater befriended baseball players by offering them free passes to the theater. Ted Leaper collection includes a Babe Ruth game used bat c.1920s estimated to sell between $75,000-$125,000. The bat was one of many Babe Ruth game bats passed down in the Leaper family but the others were discarded after use to play ball in the sand lots of Delaware. His collection also offers Yankees team signed 1927-33 era balls valued between $5,000-$10,000 each.

Play Ball movie poster Babe Ruth1932 “Play Ball” Poster featuring Babe Ruth

The poster recently discovered in the Elmira, New York region and was once displayed at the prestigious Keeney Theater in Elmira. Est. Value $100,000-$200,000

Ty Cobb professional model bat with extensive provenance c.1916-18

A Ty Cobb bat was given by Cobb to William Nagel, the postmaster in Detroit. Nagel was also an accomplished athlete and sports fan who was the batting practice pitcher for Ty Cobb and the Tigers. Estimate $75,000-$125,000

Babe Ruth autographed baseball attributed to his 701st Career Home Run

On July 14, 1934, Babe Ruth hit home run number 701 at Navin Field in Detroit, Michigan. Cornelia Gaines was head of concessions at the stadium. Gaines gave $20 to the young boy who retrieved the ball (just as Babe had done the day before, giving $20 to the boy who had retrieved home run number 700). Babe Ruth only hit two home runs in Detroit in 1934 – 700 and 701. After the game, the groundskeeper took Gaines into the locker room to meet Babe Ruth and he signed the ball. The ball is being sold by Gaines’ great grandson. Estimated value $50,000-$100,000.

Ken Griffey Jr. personally consigned items for charity:

Ken Griffey, Jr. will be offering for charity, the opportunity for four people to join him at his Seattle Mariners HOF induction along with a set of baseballs autographs by the 600+ home run legends.

  • 1957 CY Young Award (Estimated Value $75,000-$125,000)
  • 1952 Boston Braves professional model road jersey ($30,000-$40,000)
  • 1958 Milwaukee Braves NL Championship ring & Hall of Fame Induction Ring ($25,000-$35,000 each)
  • 1961 Hank Aaron & 1954 Stan Musial MLB® All-Star Game Used Bats (each $15,000-$25,000)
  • Unique Harley Davidson bullpen motorcycle c.1960s  ($5,000-$10,000)

Other unique items include:

  • Casey Stengel New York Mets professional model manager’s uniform ($40,000-$60,000)

HUNT AUCTIONS APPRAISAL FAIR AND DAILY SILENT AUCTIONS

Hunt Auctions will again conduct daily silent auctions held exclusively for visitors of T-Mobile All-Star FanFest on Friday, July 12-Monday, July 15 featuring vintage and modern era items for less than $1,000. In addition, Hunt Auctions and its team of nationally recognized experts will conduct a complimentary appraisal fair Friday, July 12th through Sunday, July 14 for visitors of T-Mobile All-Star FanFest.

Select items from the appraisal fair may be consigned to the live auction. Attendees can call ahead to schedule a private consultation at 610.524.0822.

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