Hundreds of items from the career of Baseball Hall of Famer Al Kaline are heading for the auction block beginning next week.
Kaline, who spent his entire 21-year career with the Detroit Tigers and later became a broadcaster for the team, died in April of 2020. His family has consigned the collection of items he accumulated during his professional life to Heritage Auctions, which will offer them in its Fall Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction, set to open October 28.
While some collections of former athletes consist of only a small number of remaining artifacts, the items once owned by Kaline will take up a large chunk of the Heritage catalog. Among the more valuable pieces are his ten Gold Gloves earned from 1957-1967, his 2016 “Gold Glove Hall of Fame” trophy, his 1968 Tigers World Series trophy, signed player contracts from throughout his career, his Hall of Fame induction plaque, one of his last game-worn jerseys and the final outfielder’s glove he used as a player in 1973.
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Also among the lots are his 1959 All-Star Game bat, team-signed baseballs from the All-Star games he appeared in from 1957-1974 and other signed balls he acquired over many years. There’s a photo of Ted Williams and Babe Ruth personalized to a young Kaline with the inscription, “To Al Kaline, who can be as good as anyone.”
Inscribed milestone baseballs from his career as a player, a group of 12 1968 Tigers team signed baseballs still in the original boxes, his personal copy of his 1954 Topps rookie card and Tigers championship jewelry are also part of the consignment.
The auction is part of a larger event scheduled to close over a three night period, November 18-20.