Typically held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Hunt Auctions’ annual Celebration of the Philadelphia Phillies auction won’t close with an in-person finish this year, but the event is still on.
The sale will take place online with a live bidding format on October 21. Among the highlights will be the personal collection of former Phillies pitcher Larry Christenson.
“LC” as he was affectionately known, played his entire eleven-year MLB career with the Philadelphia Phillies after being selected as the third overall pick in the 1972 MLB Draft. Items he accumulated both during and after his major league career will be on the block.
Christenson was a key member of the late 1970s Phillies NL Championship teams including an outstanding 1977 campaign with a record of 19-6. Since the end of his playing career, Christenson has been part of the Phillies organization, taking an active role in numerous on and off the field charitable organizations.
The entire collection will be offered over a period of several auctions with a portion of the proceeds to benefit The Masonic Children’s Home.
“Ever since I was a youngster, I have saved and collected items as a reminder of the great times I had playing all sports,” he said. “This included memorabilia acquired during and after my entire 1972 – 1983 professional baseball career. I have plenty of items for my family but it’s time to let go of many others for fans to enjoy.”
Among the items that will be up for sale are Christenson’s 1983 Phillies National League Championship ring, a rookie-year road jersey, several items from the 1980 World Series including game-used cleats, a set of NL team logo signs from Veterans Stadium and a 1980 World Series championship banner from the outfield wall at The Vet.
As with previous Celebration of the Philadelphia Phillies events, Hunt Auctions will focus on showcasing the history of the franchise, with items dating from the early 1900s up until the current team. Several private collections will be featured including materials from a former employee of the Phillies with a selection of game used baseballs and jerseys. A small offering of materials directly from the Phillies Authentics program will also be available to collectors.
Among the highlights:
-1982 Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies professional model road jersey (Est. $7,500-$15,000)
-1950 Russ Meyer Philadelphia Phillies professional model road jersey (Est. $2,000-$4,000)
-1964 Tony Gonzalez Philadelphia Phillies professional model road jersey (Est. $1,000-$2,000)
-2006 Ryan Howard 50th Home Run baseball (Est. $1,500-$3,000)
-2009 Pedro Martinez Philadelphia Phillies World Series game used jersey (Final MLB jersey) (Est. $2,000-$4,000)
-2012 Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies game used batting helmet (Est. $750-$1,500)
-2019 Rhys Hoskins Philadelphia Phillies “Saturday Night Special” game used jersey (Est. $1,000-$3,000)
-2019 Bryce Harper Philadelphia Phillies game used batting helmet from first Phillies homer (Est. $2,500-$5,000)
Bidding is available now via online absentee, live telephone, and through the Invaluable platform. For more information visit www.huntauctions.com.