Many collectors have a hard time understanding how former players can part with championship rings, MVP trophies and other coveted pieces of a successful career. A few who consign such treasures do it because they need the money but lately, it’s more about liquidating collections that are hard to disperse among family and friends who will likely outlive them.
As we reported earlier this month, 1972 World Series MVP Gene Tenace, who enjoyed a long career as a player and coach before retiring to Oregon, has consigned 50 items to SCP Auctions and they’ll be offered for sale this spring.
Tenace, 68, is selling two of his three A’s Series rings and two others he earned as a coach with the 1990s Toronto Blue Jays, the ’72 Series MVP award, milestone baseballs including the one used to hit his 200th career homer off Fernando Valenzuela while a member of the Cardinals, his 1972 World Series game-worn jersey, his personal Series trophies and other items.
He talked with the Toronto Sun about why he decided to let it all go.