Friday, April 27, 2012
Want to Buy Ted Williams' Silver Bat? How About His Old Sneakers?
Not so fast. If you go on to win six batting titles, become a war hero, or spend your retirement as one of the world's most decorated fishermen philanthropists, this stuff could really escalate in value. If you don't believe me, just head over to Fenway Park this weekend and take a look at what they think Ted Williams' old high-top sneakers are worth.
You name it, they've got it. His traveling suitcase from his stint managing the Washington Senators. His fishing reels, flies, and hunting knifes. Every baseball, fishing, hunting, or military award you can think of, in many cases personalized and with a photo of him receiving it. Scrapbooks dating back to his childhood. Monogrammed wallets and cuff links. His coin collection. Many, many autographed photos, jerseys, balls, and canceled checks.
A few items stand out. The silver bat Williams received for leading the American League with a .388 average in 1957 is expected to fetch between $100,000 and $200,000, and his 1949 MVP award another $150,000 to $250,000. The coolest and most historically fascinating item of the 800 up for bid might be an baseball inscribed "To my pal, Ted Williams, From Babe Ruth." That can be yours for an estimated $100,000 to $200,000. See these and some other items at http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/gallery/2012/ted_williams_memorabilia_at_auction/
First of all, Claudia is donating some of the proceeds to The Jimmy Fund of Dana-Farber Cancer to support cancer research and care -- Ted's favorite charity. Secondly, she mentions in her letter that this auction was Ted's idea. What a person chooses to do with their stuff is up to them.
The auction itself will be held Saturday and Sunday, and is open to the public. If you want a free look at the artifacts from a fascinating life, head on down to Fenway.