Fans and collectors are getting a chance to bid on some special team-signed bats to raise money in the fight against childhood cancer.
Louisville Slugger has produced 31 gold bats stamped with the childhood cancer awareness ribbon, one for every MLB club and the MLB Network. All 31 gold MLB Louisville Slugger bats, autographed by over 30 members of each team and MLB Network talent, are for auction on mlb.com/goldbat through Oct. 17.
The maple bats carry the team name and Louisville Slugger branding. The bats appear to have been signed recently as many players who changed teams at the trading deadline have signed the bat of their new club.
So far, the Astros and Red Sox have been the most popular with bidding on each bat passing the $2,000 mark over the weekend. Several of the bats, including Cleveland, Colorado and Philadelphia were at just $360, however.
Funds raised through the auction will support Stand Up To Cancer.
“Cancer is a leading cause of death among children,” said Louisville Slugger Brand Manager Joey Nowak. “Our brand exists because of kids and baseball, so Louisville Slugger is joining Major League Baseball in stepping up to the plate to help find a cure for pediatric cancers.
“Our hope is that the gold pediatric-cancer Louisville Slugger bats will bring a huge amount of awareness and funds for the cause so that medical advances will continue, and more children can and will survive,” Nowak said.
Louisville Slugger and MLB have a long history of working together to fight cancer. Since 2006, they’ve promoted the annual Mother’s Day Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative where MLB players swing pink bats. Hundreds of those game-used pink bats have been auctioned over the past 13 seasons to benefit Stand Up To Cancer and other charities focused on cancer research and care.