One of the members of the Amazin’ Mets is selling his 1969 World Series ring and a game-used first baseman’s mitt to help pay mounting medical bills.
Ed Kranepool, who joined the expansion franchise as a 17-year-old in 1962 and spent his entire career with the team, is diabetic and was placed on the kidney transplant list at New York hospital last spring. He’s consigned the ring, the glove and his 1979 complete home pinstriped uniform to Goldin Auctions. The ring could fetch $100,000 or more.
The items are part of a 1,745-lot online auction set to close August 5 at GoldinAuctions.com.
The Kranepool memorabilia is among 165 Mets-related material in the auction. Other items include Dwight Gooden’s personally owned 1986 World Series trophy, Al Weiss’ game-worn 1969 World Series jersey; a 1969 Mets team signed baseball with 31 signatures including Seaver, Hodges, Ryan and Berra; plus more than a dozen game-worn jerseys from Mets players such as At Shamsky, Bud Harrelson, Jerry Grote, Wayne Garrett, Tommie Agee, George Foster, Jose Reyes and others; and even a solid brass rocking chair presented to Heine Manush at the 1969 Mets old-timers game.
The auction also includes the personal memorabilia collections from Michael Strahan and Lee Smith.
The Strahan Collection (Lots #562-577) features 16 lots of memorabilia consigned by the former Giants great and current television personality. The highlights of the collection are three game-worn and signed jersey including a 1994 Giants road and home throwback jersey with the 75th anniversary patch and a 1997 signed and heavily inscribed Giants home jersey; a 2004 Giants rare red home jersey with Giants 80th anniversary patch and a game-used and signed helmet and a 2007 signed Giants road jersey from his Super Bowl and final season.
The Lee Smith Collection (Lots #578-649) includes 71 lots of awards, game-used memorabilia and historic baseballs from the seven-time MLB All-Star and three-time Rolaids Relief Award winner, who still stands baseball’s third all-times leader in saves with 478. The highlights of the collection include: Smith’s 1992 and 1994 Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the Year Trophies; his 1987 and 1992 MLB All-Star Game ring; 40 baseballs from games he saved including career save #400 and career save #478 – the last of his career and the MLB record before it was surpassed by Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman and game-worn jerseys from the Cubs, Yankees and Orioles.
“It’s an honor when legendary players like Michael Strahan and Lee Smith consign their memorabilia with us,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “There are a variety of items and many different price points so fans and collectors can own a piece of these two great players.”
The auction, which complements Goldin’s Premium Live Summer Auction that will conclude during the National Sports Collectors Convention, also includes:
Lots #115 & Lot #116 -Topps #101 Mickey Mantle PSA MINT 9 and 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card PSA EX-MT 6 – The Bowman card is one of just 13 examples at its tier (with just two graded higher) among a total census of more than 2,500 PSA-graded copies.
Lot #149 – 1986-87 Fleer Baseball Unopened Wax Box – Includes 36 packs including one with #57 Michael Jordan showing on the top.
Lot #143 – 1980-81 Magic Johnson/Larry Bird Rookie Card PSA GEM MINT 10 – Also featuring Julius Erving. Of the 8,000+ copies recorded in PSA’s census reporting, just 21 examples have been placed at this top tier.
Lot #23 – The Ultimate Mike Piazza Marlins Collection. A unique112-piece collection of Mike Piazza Florida Marlins baseball cards pieced together by California attorney Jerry Dworkin, capturing the five-game Marlins career of the Hall of Fame catcher. The collection includes numerous 1/1 and rare cards and was on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame for several months.
Lot #162 – 2009-10 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection LeBron James/Kevin Durant/Kevin Garnett 1/1 Triple Logoman Patch Card PSA MINT 10]
Lot #559 – 1932 Amelia Earhart Signed Certificate of Landing for 1st Woman Solo Flights Across the Atlantic Ocean – After her successful voyage, Earhart filled out the offered Certificate of Landing. On this form, she filled out all of the information of her trip, including the time and date of her landing, and information about her plane. She signed the paper twice in black fountain pen. Additionally, two witnesses, journalist Cecil King and constable T. Sawyers, signed the bottom of this paper. This certificate is largely unaltered by age, according to the auction house and includes JSA certification.
Lot #561 – Beatles Congrats Signed John, George & Ringo – Likely signed in the early 70s following the band’s breakup and addressed to the Fab Four’s accountants, it details an accounting of the band’s assets, liabilities, and money between the dates of December 1, 1966, and March 31, 1968. This item is accompanied by three LOAs, one from Frank Caiazzo, the foremost Beatles authenticator, another from well-known Beatles authenticator Perry Cox, and a third from PSA/DNA (W05542) authenticating the signatures.