Hunt Auctions has opened pre-bidding and released the full list of over 700+ items being sold in the upcoming Ted Williams Collection Auction on Saturday, April 28at Fenway Park. Williams’ personal items including his 1949 Most Valuable Player Award estimated at $150,000 to $250,000, his 1957 American League Batting Champion Silver Slugger Award estimated at $100,000 to $200,000 and a Babe Ruth single signed baseball personalized to Williams will headline the auction.
“As a baseball historian and fan of the game there are few names within the history of the game that evoke such excitement and reverence as that of Ted Williams. His reign of excellence during the Golden Age of baseball is nothing short of superlative and we are deeply honored to have been chosen by the Williams ‘ family to represent his distinguished name in this historic offering,” said David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions.
The auction will appropriately take place during the celebration of the 100th Anniversary season of Fenway Park in which Williams played for his entire career.
Many items in the auction will reflect his military service in WWII and Korea. There are numerous pieces of historic significance that have not previously have been displayed or known including his Aviator Flight logs.
Other highlights include:
- Ted Williams 1955 Boston Red Sox professional model road jersey ($75,000-$100,000)
- 1954 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox professional model home jersey. ($50,000-$75,000)
- 1957 Williams Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat Award ($50,000-$75,000)
- Ted Williams Hall of Fame induction ring ($30,000-$50,000)
- Ted Williams’ 1960 All-Star Game professional model baseball bat. ($30,000-$40,000)
- Ted Williams professional model bat with provenance from Bobby Doerr c. ($30,000-$40,000)
- Ted Williams MLB “All-Century Team” presentational pocket watch by Tiffany & Co. ($10,000-$20,000)
- Ted Williams Custom Made Winchester Model 21 Side by Side Shotgun ($10,000-$20,000)
- 1999 All-Star Game Inaugural First Pitch baseball as thrown out by Ted Williams ($5,000-$10,000)
- Significant Ted Williams World War II and Korean War Aviators Flight Log Book c.1943-1945 ($3,000-$5,000)
- Muhammad Ali autographed boxing gloves inscribed to Ted Williams with related photograph. ($2,000-$4,000)
- Mickey Mantle autographed photograph to Ted Williams ($2,000-$4,000)
- Ted Williams 1969 “Bucky Harris” Manager of the Year award ($2,000-$4,000)
- Selection of various Presidential materials including George H.W. Bush and Richard Nixon
- Ted Williams’ personal 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Inauguration invitation and program ($300-$500)
- Ted Williams custom made Fin-Nor fishing reel ($500-$1,000)
Highlights will include the April 20, 1912 Fenway Park Opening Day First Pitch baseball which began with initial pre bidding interest pushing the price to $140,000 within hours of the beginning of online bidding. In addition, a scarce 1903 World Series Game One program at Boston valued at $100,000 to $200,000 will be among the pieces offered at the April 28 Live Auction.
Auction Activities Info
Four days of auction festivities will begin on Wednesday, April 25 at Fenway Park as all 700+ items will be on display at the State Street Pavilion within Fenway Park. The display will be open to the public on Wednesday, April 25 from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday, April 26 from 9:00am to 7:00pm, and Friday, April 27 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Friday evening a private preview party will take place within the viewing area. Live bidding will begin on Saturday, April 28with two sessions. The morning session will run from 10:00am to approximately 1:30pm. The afternoon session will begin at 2:30pm and run until all items are sold.
Bids will be accepted in person at the live auction, or absentee bidding can be done via phone at 610.524.0822 or online at www.huntauctions.com. Absentee bids will be accepted up until Thursday, April 26 at 5:00pm. Online pre-bidding will close on Thursday, April 26th at 11pm. More information about the auction and bidding instructions can be found online at www.HuntAuctions.com.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the auction will be donated to The Jimmy Fund, a prestigious Boston charity which is known for its affiliation with Ted Williams, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and its long-time association with the Boston Red Sox. A complete list of items as well as descriptions and estimated values is available online at www.HuntAuctions.com.