His career spanned part of three decades and put him in several different uniforms as a player and coach. During that time, Hall of Famer Warren Spahn brought most of the memorabilia home with him. It stayed there until earlier this year, when Spahn’s family decided the time was right to let baseball fans enjoy it. Last week, Hunt Auctions sold it—piece by piece, lot by lot—for a total of more than $900,000.
It seems the high-kicking lefty always had a sense of history. He threw almost nothing away and being a bit of a pack rat paid off.
During the first day of the two-day All-Star FanFest auction in New York, over $900,000.00 worth of Spahn’s personal memorabilia items was transferred into the hands of fans and collectors. Hunt Auctions sold the massive collection including game-worn hats and jerseys, game-used baseballs and even his 1957 Cy Young Award– on behalf of his son.
Greg Spahn has five children and the family agreed it would be best to liquidate the items than eventually have to divide them up. He kept several items including Warren Spahn’s 1957 World Series ring, earned in the city where Greg Spahn grew up and where his father became a legend: Milwaukee.
“My father’s items deserve to be among the fans who can cherish the pieces and properly enjoy them,” said Greg Spahn, Warren Spahn’s only child. “There were so many items. Like any family, I kept the things that meant the most to me and my memories of my dad and felt it was time to have fans enjoy the other pieces from his career. One person cannot properly enjoy all 400 items and I am happy to see the items find their way into the hands of the fans who meant so much to him.”
Spahn’s 1957 Cy Young Award topped the auction prices selling for $126,500. His Hall of Fame Induction Ring realized $55,200.00. A Boston Braves jersey from 1952 had a sale price of $39,100.00 and the trophy from this 300th victory brought $34,500.
Spahn’s career began with the Boston Braves in the late 1940’s and didn’t end until age 44 in 1965. He later served as a coach for several years before retiring to his ranch in Oklahoma, where Greg Spahn still resides.
“Warren Spahn’s name is synonymous with excellence within the game of baseball which was evident within the results of the auction,” remarked David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions. “His career statistical records are nothing short of astounding with several marks likely to never be eclipsed. The legacy of Spahn’s baseball career coupled with his service with valor to the US Military during World War II made this particular collection one of great importance which was reflected in the prices realized for the pieces.”