A 1940’s Ted Williams game worn jersey was the top selling item in Tuesday’s All-Star FanFest Auction at the Javits Center in New York. The zipper-front Red Sox flannel worn by the legendary hitter sold for $160,000. With Hunt Auctions’ 15% buyer’s premium, the final realized price was $184,000.
Hundreds of pieces of vintage and modern era baseball memorabilia were sold in the catalog auction, which began with online and phone bidding late last month and concluded with the live portion of the sale on Tuesday, just prior to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.
A circa 1925-27 Babe Ruth game bat, the lone surviving example from the twenty or so Ruth game bats originally presented to a 12-year-old fan in 1958, sold for $166,750.
The bat used by Chris Chambliss to hit pennant-winning homer for #Yankees in 1976 did not meet reserve but the ball sold for $82,455.
The auction included a huge assortment of memorabilia from the life and career of Warren Spahn. The Hall of Fame lefty apparently didn’t toss much of anything out. Everything from credit cards to dozens of signed, important game balls from his career went on the block. The top-selling item was the original 1957 Cy Young Award earned by Spahn during the Milwaukee Braves World Series season, which sold for $126,500.
Other items from the Spahn collection included his Hall of Fame ring ($55,200), Milwaukee Braves game jersey ($39, 100) and 300th win trophy ($34,500).
Other sales included:
- Signed Babe Ruth bat $86,750
- Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers jacket $55,200
- 1920’s lobby card for ‘Play Ball’ starring Babe Ruth $51,750
- 1960’s Casey Stengel Mets managers jersey $46,000
- Ball attributed to Babe Ruth’s 701st career home run $46,000