Hall of Fame plaques are out and interactive, more flashy exhibits are in at the Michigan Hall of Fame and that means Cooperstown-like bronze plaques are about to be sold.
Legendary Auctions has reached an agreement with the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame to sell its bronze plaques in their June sales events. Bidding in the auction, which will be conducted online or over the phone, will begin on June 15 and conclude on June 24 and 25. The plaques available will include all-time Detroit Tigers Ty Cobb; Al Kaline; Charlie Gehringer and Hank Greenberg.
The decision to make the plaques available to collectors is rooted in MSHOF’s mission to develop a permanent interactive sports experience that will showcase a new form of recognition of the honorees.
According to a news release, the Hall has determined that future visitors prefer a more interactive, visual experience that "50 words on a plaque unfortunately cannot adequately deliver".
“We believe that collectors will be extremely interested in purchasing these one-of-a-kind historical sporting treasures,” said Doug Allen, president, Legendary Auctions. “In fact, it is exactly this kind of rarity that gets the bidding blood of our collectors pumping. The chance to own something this unique is sure to capture considerable auction attention.”
A complete list of plaques available in the Legendary Auctions’ June sale includes a variety of baseball greats with Michigan ties including Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane
Sam Crawford, Kiki Cuyler, Bill Freehan, Charlie Gehringer, Kirk Gibson, Goose Goslin, Hank Greenberg, Ernie Harwell, Harry Heilmann, Hugh Jennings, Jim Kaat, Al Kaline, George Kell, Harvey Kuenn, Mickey Lolich Heinie Manush, Hal Newhouser, Jim Northrup, Lance Parrish Billy Pierce, Branch Rickey, Robin Roberts, Billy Rogell, Schoolboy Rowe, George Sisler, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker and Rudy York, among others.
The opportunity to purchase the baseball plaques will be the first in series of periodic and themed auctions from the MSHOF and Legendary Auctions. Future MHSOF auctions may include Hall member plaques from Detroit’s other pro sports teams, Olympic-sport athletes, boxing or other themes.