Fenway Park will host the Ted Williams auction on Wednesday, April 28. As we reported last September, Williams’ daughter Claudia has decided to part with some major pieces of memorabilia from the late slugger’s collection including his 1949 MVP award, Hall of Fame ring and game-used bats. Items from his decorated military service in World War II and Korea will also be sold at Fenway, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The location was not announced at the time news of the consignment was revealed.
The live public auction will consist of several hundred pieces. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the auction will be donated to The Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Boston Red Sox.
An auction preview, free and open to the public, will be held April 25-27.
Hunt Auctions President David Hunt told the Boston Globe the Williams memorabilia is “a seven-figure collection’’. Numerous Williams items have come to auction before, including some sold not long ago that were in the possession of one of his ex-wives, but from a baseball memorabilia collector’s standpoint, it may not get much better.
None of the items in the auction have been offered before and many will be seen by collectors and fans for the first time.
“From a quality standpoint, this is absolutely among the top [baseball auctions] ever,’’ Hunt told the newspaper.
Several of the notable highlights include:
– 1949 Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award plaque
– Ted Williams Hall of Fame Induction presentational ring
– Ted Williams game used baseball bat with provenance to teammate Bobby Doerr
– 1960 Ted Williams All-Star Game used baseball bat
– 1957 Ted Williams American League Batting Champion Silver Bat award
– 1957 Ted Williams “Sultan of Swat” presentational crown award
– Pristine Babe Ruth single signed baseball personalized to Ted Williams
– Ted Williams 1946 Boston Red Sox AL Championship ring