Five months after an initial grouping of memorabilia was sold at auction, more than 200 additional items from the career of Baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett have been sold at auction.
The Puckett collection was part of a 2,300-lot auction of sports memorabilia. Earlier this year, the family of the late Minnesota Twins star had consigned the items to Vintage Sports Authentics, a Minneapolis area company. Puckett died in 2005 after suffering a massive hemorrhagic stroke, eight days short of his 46th birthday.
The top selling item was Puckett’s 1989 Rawlings Gold Glove award which generated 25 bids before selling for $32,545 including the buyer’s premium. That was also the season in which he won the American League batting title in 1989 with a .339 average.
The ball from Puckett’s first career hit, a single off Angels’ pitcher Jim Slaton in May of 1984, sold for $24,863. The details of the game and the date are written on the ball. Other milestone balls sold included Puckett’s 2,000th hit from the 1994 season, which netted $18,678 and the ball from his 1,000th hit in 1988, which sold for $5,407. The items all included a letter of provenance from the Puckett family.
In April, VSA sold over 150 other Puckett items including the jersey he was wearing when he hit his famous walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series. It sold for $158,430 .
Other items sold in the most recent auction included:
- 1988 Silver Slugger Award $18,368
- 1995 All-Star Game worn jersey $15,180
- 1994 All Star Game team signed bat $9,209
- 1991 World Series team signed bat $7,806
The auction also included hundreds of Puckett autographs and other items.
The top selling item was a 1967 autographed Harmon Killebrew jersey believed to have been worn on the final day of the 1967 season, when the Red Sox beat the Twins 5-3 to clinch the American League pennant. It sold for $41,372.
Complete results can be found here.