Ted Williams’ 1955 Boston Red Sox r contract sold for $48,456 in Steiner Sports Memorabilia “Spring Fever” auction. The contract also included the signature of Red Sox President Joe Cronin and original revisions made by Red Sox attorney Jack Hayes.
Thirty-two bids were made on the contract in the last 48 hours of bidding.
“The action was fast and furious on the Williams contract during the last day,” said Steiner Sports founder Brandon Steiner. “These one-of-a-kind collectibles attract great attention.”
Williams missed several weeks at the start of the season as details of a divorce settlement with his wife Doris were arranged. He returned 62 years ago this week, agreeing to terms on May 13 and receiving confirmation of the agreement from the club on the Friday before Memorial Day.
More than 1,600 items were on Steiner’s auction block during a 33-day period. Sales for the auction totaled nearly $1 million.
Yankee Hall of Fame players from yesteryear spearheaded the next four leading bids. A signed Lou Gehrig 8×10 photo sold for $36,716 while an official American League baseball signed by Babe Ruth garnered $20,206 (nine total bids). Mickey Mantle memorabilia nailed down the fourth and fifth spots: Mantle’s 10-karat gold “Career Ring” with uniform #7 in its original Balfour box sold for $16,955 and a Mantle signed baseball with a personal inscription had a final bid of $12,756.