When first offered at a 1964 charity event, it reached the staggering price of $50. Something tells us the final price will be slightly higher when a vintage gamer worn by Ted Williams hits the auction block this month.
Skinner Inc., an auction company based in Bolton, Massachusetts, announced it will offer a rare Ted Williams’ 1955 game worn jersey at its Discovery Auction on April 19th. The jersey will be sold as part of a lot that includes other Red Sox players’ game-worn equipment.
The auction company is selling the Williams #9 jersey together with a a cap, pants and leggings worn in 1956 by Johnny Schmitz. The lot is estimated at $30,000 to $40,000.
The gray flannel road Williams jersey sports the stitched blue felt letters BOSTON" across the front and number "9" on the verso. Seven gray buttons close the front. The front tail features a stitched supplier label "Tim McAuliffe Inc., Boston, Mass" and stitched in navy blue thread "55" (year), "46 2 in" (size/alternation), and "9" (player number).
The collection was first donated in the fall of 1964 to be auctioned off by the Scituate Etrusco Association, hosted by a local contractor and prominent Jimmy Fund contributor Allen Wheeler. The highest bid on the items that evening were only $50, so the event’s host presented it as a gift to the present owner. A letter form the owner detailing this history accompanies the lot.
Ted Williams played with the Red Sox from 1939 to 1960 and 1955 marked a transition year for the baseball legend. Williams retired in the spring of 1954, having suffered an injury earlier that year. The following year, 1955, faced with some personal turmoil, including a bitter divorce, Williams came out of retirement and re-signed with the Red Sox. While not a record year, Williams still managed 28 home runs and 83 RBIs. Williams retired for good in 1960 and was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.
The auction includes other baseball memorabilia as well including several 1910-1912 Sweet Caporal Cigarettes pins including a Cy Young and a 1915 Boston Red Sox/Old Vienna Promotional Lithographed Tin Pin.
All sports memorabilia up for sale can be viewed online at Skinnerinc.com or in person on April 19th from 1-8 p.m. at Skinner, 357 Main St., Bolton, MA. A free PDF download of the printed catalogue for the auction is available one week prior to the auction on Skinner’s website.
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