A live auction event featuring the personal and private collection of Chicago White Sox icon Minnie Minoso will take place on Saturday, September 17 at U.S. Cellular Field. It will feature a number of historic items from Minoso’s storied career, which began in the Cuban and Negro Leagues in the 1940s continued with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. Other White Sox memorabilia and the personal collection of the late Chicago sportswriter Jerome Holtzman have also been added to the sale.
Minoso was a seven-time American League All-Star and remains to date one of the most revered figures in White Sox franchise history, having his No. 9 retired in 1983. A portion of the proceeds from the Minoso Collection, and other items within the auction, will benefit Chicago White Sox Charities.
“We felt the timing was right to share some of our treasured memories with the devoted fans of the Chicago White Sox, a team that Minnie loved so dearly,” said Sharon Rice-Minoso, the ballplayer’s widow. “We are so very grateful to the White Sox organization for hosting this event and are very glad to have the involvement of Chicago White Sox Charities. Our family felt there could be no other venue to hold such an auction as the team where Minnie called home for all of those cherished years.”
Highlight items of the Minoso Collection will include his 1957 and 1960 Gold Glove Awards, expected to sell for $15,000-$30,000 each, his 1959 American League Championship ring (est. $20,000-$40,000) and his Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame ring (est. $10,000-$15,000).
“It is an absolute honor to have been selected to represent the good name of Minnie Minoso in this special auction event, said David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions. “Minnie’s legacy within the history of the Chicago White Sox franchise is unique and without equal. It is our sincere hope that White Sox fans will enjoy the offering and we are also very pleased to assist with the great work of Chicago White Sox Charities.”
“Minnie Minoso is a legend in White Sox history and lives in the hearts of Sox fans everywhere. He is remembered by all for his accomplishments on the field, but also his passion and commitment to the community,” said Christine O’Reilly, White Sox Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Chicago White Sox Charities. “It seems fitting that an event that will feature storied items from Minnie’s personal collection will be held at his White Sox baseball home and support the charitable work that he cared so deeply for throughout his life. We are grateful to the Minoso family for the support to Chicago White Sox Charities and know that the auction will help his legacy of helping others to live on.”
The auction will also feature a select grouping of additional premium consignments inclusive of materials direct from the Chicago White Sox to include:
-A game-used base and home plate from the April 18, 2007 Mark Buehrle no-hitter
-A game-used base from the Sox triple play, completed during a game earlier this season
-2006 Paul Konerko game-used jersey
-Additional game-used items from Jim Thome, Jose Abreu, Jermaine Dye, and Todd Frazier
The Holtzman Collection features hundreds of vintage World Series and All-Star Game press pins, correspondence, books, paper items, and general ephemera relating to his Hall of Fame career as a baseball scribe.
Born and raised in Chicago, Holtzman’s legacy spanned over 50 years starting as a copy boy with the Chicago Daily News in 1943.
Hunt Auctions is accepting a very limited number of high quality consignments for the Minoso Collection Live Auction. Inquiries can be made by calling 610.524.0822 or writing [email protected].
A preview of all auction items will be on display for fans to view from September 14 through 17 including during the two White Sox home games on September 14 and 15. Hunt Auctions also will be conducting a free appraisal fair in the days leading up to the auction.