SCP Auctions has acquired the personal memorabilia collection of Major League Baseball great Tony Gwynn and will offer dozens of items in its upcoming catalog auction. The auction companys says more than 100 lots will be up for sale, including several MLB All-Star Game rings, his 1987 and ’89 Silver Slugger batting awards, numerous game-used baseballs chronicling milestone hits during his 20-year career with the San Diego Padres, as well as dozens of personalized keepsakes that Gwynn received from fellow athletes and coaches covering all realms of sport. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, a non-profit started by the couple in their hometown of San Diego.
“Tony had a wonderful baseball career but he was also a man of honor and integrity who really wanted to make a difference in this world,” Alicia Gwynn said in a news release. “This auction will serve two objectives: to share his baseball memorabilia with the fans who loved him and to give something back to the city that treated us so well.”
Founded by the Gwynns in 1995, the TAG Foundation is dedicated to creating and supporting programs that enhance opportunities for young people.
A standout player in baseball and basketball at San Diego State University, Gwynn was drafted on June 10, 1981, by both the San Diego Padres (third round) and the NBA’s San Diego Clippers (10th round). Electing to play baseball, Gwynn went on to have one of the best careers on record as he batted better than .300 for 19 consecutive seasons, surpassing Honus Wagner’s National League record set from 1897-1913.
A 15-time MLB All-Star, Gwynn recorded 3,141 hits during his playing days and collected eight N.L. batting titles along the way to tie Wagner’s other longstanding mark. He also played a major role in helping the Padres reach the World Series twice (1984 and ’98), the team’s only trips to the Fall Classic. Gwynn retired after the 2001 season and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. The man often referred to as “Mr. Padre” died on June 16, 2014, following complications from salivary gland cancer. He was 54 years old.
“It’s a tremendous honor for us to conduct this auction,” said SCP Auctions President David Kohler. “Tony was obviously a great baseball player but he was also a well-respected man who earned the admiration of both his teammates and opponents and that says a lot about his character.”