The longtime radio voice of the Texas Rangers is auctioning some items from his first World Series championship call, with all proceeds going to a good cause.
Eric Nadel, who has called Rangers games for 45 years, is selling his scorecard, headset and microphone as well as the scrap of hotel notepaper on which he scribbled what would be his final out call from the Rangers’ clinching game 5 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in October.
Those items, along with autographed baseball books and other items he owns, are being sold through Heritage Auctions.
Nadel used the headset for more than a decade and insisted on wearing it throughout the Rangers’ post-season run, even after the Houston-based radio engineer at Minute Maid Park informed him before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series that it was “in bad shape” and in dire need of replacement.
All proceeds from The Eric Nadel Collection will go to the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas. Nadel has long been an advocate of those with mental health issues and has had his own struggles, missing the first several months of this season.
Nadel, a 72-year-old Brooklyn native, was hired by the Rangers in 1979. He was the 2014 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“After 52 years of basically being thought of as losers, the Rangers all of a sudden are perceived in a different light,” he said. “I am so grateful after all that time to still be here – incredibly grateful and fortunate and blessed to have had this opportunity.”
The auction will run through Dec. 17.
A Babe Ruth coach’s jersey dating to his days with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1930s is part of the Geddy Lee Collection now at Christie’s.
Visitors to the company’s offices in New York and London can now get a look at a holographic version, complete with an audio recording of The Babe.
Incredible Proto Hologram of Babe Ruth’s Brooklyn @Dodgers Jersey at @ChristiesInc for the upcoming auction of @rushtheband star Geddy Lee’s baseball memorabilia collection in collaboration with @HuntAuctions. See it now via Proto Hologram in London or New York. Pre-sale view is… pic.twitter.com/Y6aGlhwqqK
— Proto Hologram (@ProtoHologram) December 2, 2023
The jersey will be auctioned this week and is expected to sell for between $750,000 and $1.5 million.
The new technology from Proto has been used in a variety of ways–even enabling live interactions with celebrities.
Proto is also installed at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, showing holograms of Brooklyn Nets players.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have launched ‘Penguins Authentics’, an online shop offering game-used and team-issued memorabilia. Via PensGear.com the team becomes the latest to handle its own game and practice used memorabilia.
Jerseys, sticks, gloves and helmets, goal pucks (both from the Pens and visiting teams) and locker room nameplates are among the items that will be offered. goal pucks and locker room name plates.
Three Sidney Crosby goal pucks, priced at $500 each, are part of the current offerings.
Items are individually tagged with a tamper-proof hologram and is entered into an online database, allowing fans to trace the authenticity of their items. Each item will have a unique alpha-numeric code that is linked to the item.
Here are some product release dates for upcoming Upper Deck products:
- 2022-23 SP Game Used – 12/6
- Boston Bruins Centennial Set – 12/6
- 2023-24 Artifacts – 12/13
- 2023 Upper Deck AEW – 12/13
- 2021-22 NHL The Cup – 12/20