The season may be over, but baseball never goes into hibernation at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. The 13th annual auction takes place this Saturday and the Living Legend Award will be presented to Dave Winfield there on Saturday night. There’s also an appraisal fair going on, with some worthwhile items probably becoming last second additions.
Many of the items already consigned to the auction are available for preview. WDRB, the Fox affiliate in Louisville, stopped by for a look around. The story that aired on their newscast is below. If you can’t see it, click here.
Earlier this week, we told you about Fanatics employees racing around Chicago to fulfill autograph orders for the 2016 Cubs before players headed home for the winter. They promised to get at least 18 players and wound up with 20 including most of the prominent components of the first World Series championship club since 1908.
Players whose autographs were secured on the team-signed baseballs, bats, jerseys, photos and other items include Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler, Wilson Contreras, Ben Zobrist, David Ross, Hector Rondon, Miguel Montero, Pedro Strop, Kyle Schwarber, Aroldis Chapman, Carl Edwards Jr., Mike Montgomery, Justin Grimm, Jon Lester, Albert Almora Jr, and Chris Coghlan.
If you want to fill your item with a few more autographs, you’ll have to snare the likes of Jake Arrieta, John Lackey, Jason Heyward, Jorge Soler and manager Joe Maddon on your own.
You can see the team signed items that are being offered here.
One of the 20 1980-81 Topps Larry Bird/Magic Johnson rookie cards to be graded 10 by PSA is on the auction block.
The current bid is over $50,000 with the auction running until Monday night. You can track the bidding here.