- 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Over (400) lots of historic baseball memorabilia will be featured within the annual live auction event with Hunt Auctions highlighted by the personal collection of Chicago White Sox legend, Billy Pierce. Pierce played for the White Sox from 1949-1961 earning seven selections to the American League All-Star team. Pierce was regarded as one of the dominant left handed pitchers of the 1950s era, compiling a career record of 211-169 with 1,999 strikeouts.
The Pierce Collection will feature a wide variety of materials from his White Sox playing career in addition to his tenure with the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants. We are proud to announce that the Pierce family will be donating a portion of the auction proceeds to The Chicago Baseball Cancer Charity which is one of the many fine beneficiaries of Chicago White Sox Charities. Over the past 48 years, Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities events like the Annual All-Star Invitational Golf Outing have raised more than $16 million for cancer patient care, education, and research programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
Highlights from the Pierce Collection will include:
-Billy Pierce 1945 Detroit Tigers warm up jacket (Est. $5,000-$10,000)
-Billy Pierce 1959 Chicago White Sox World Series uniform (Est. $7,500-$15,000)
-1962 World Series pitching rubber (Est. $10,000-$20,000)
-1962 Billy Pierce San Francisco Giants World Series uniform (Est. $4,000-$6,000)
-Babe Ruth and Mel Ott autographed baseball (Est. $5,000-$10,000)
-Over (100) autographed baseballs including All-Star Game and Team signed (Est. Range from $500-$10,000 each)
Several other significant collections and marquis items will be featured within the 2017 auction event to include Jackie Robinson professional model baseball bat c.1952-53 and an exceedingly scarce professional model baseball glove c.1948-1950. The bat originates from the descendants of a Pittsburgh area hotel employee who obtained the bat from Robinson when he was staying at the hotel with the rest of the Dodgers team. It has been assigned a grade of PSA/DNA GU9 and is estimated between $50,000-$100,000. Complementing the bat will be the first public offering of a historic Jackie Robinson professional model baseball glove. Dating to the late 1948-50 period the glove was given directly by Jackie Robinson to a friend of his son, Jackie Robinson Jr. The glove has been retained by its original owner until the current offering and includes exceptional supporting materials including period images of the young man with Brooklyn Dodgers players along with a signed letter from Jackie Robinson. Standing as one of the only fully authenticated and documented Robinson game gloves to have entered the market place the pre-sale estimate value is $150,000-$300,000.
Additional Highlight Items from the 2017 Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Live Auction:
-Selection of over (50) photographs from the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory archives (Est. Range from $100-$2,000ea)
-Unique Babe Ruth professional model baseball bat with weighted end c.1934 (Est. $20,000-$40,000)
-Ted Williams autographed professional model baseball bat c.1954-55 (Est. $25,000-$50,000)
-Exceptional archive collection of single signed baseballs incl. Cobb, Baker, Hartnett (Est. Range $500-$10,000ea)
You can view the all the auction items and the full auction catalog here.
The auction begins at 11:00 am EST, and is open to the public. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will still be conducting factory tours from 9am-5pm and is offering a discounted admission of just $5.