Johnny Bench’s two Cincinnati Red World Series rings from 1975 and ’76 will be part of the Louisville Slugger Auction slated for next month. Last week, Hunt Auctions announced that Bench had consigned dozens of items to headline the annual event and showed off some of the pieces that would be up for bid. Now, the entire auction is up for preview.
Bench’s rings are expected to each sell for six-figure prices. He’s also consigned Gold Glove awards, game-used gear and other memorabilia.
A 1903 World Series program, Babe Ruth single-signed baseball and game jerseys from Mel Ott and Willie Mays are also scheduled to be offered.
Bidding opens October 23.
Houston Texans safety Michael Thomas has a website dedicated to selling NFL game-worn and autographed memorabilia to raise money for charity.
Victory Mondays is a new auction platform started by the NFL veteran and NFLPA Vice President. After each win, Thomas posts new items for sale. After last week’s win over Jacksonville, Thomas’ jersey—along with those worn by J.J. Watt, DeShaun Watson and other players– were put on the auction block.
The site also has autographed photos and helmets from other players including Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, Davante Adams, Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry.
Players can designate the charity of their choice. The Texans memorabilia will go to scholarships for deserving students as part of the Dreambuilders Foundation.
That Tampa Bay Bucs t-shirt famously worn by Brett Favre in support of Tom Brady during a game that followed the rocky start to his post-Patriots career just raised a bunch of money for charity.
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