Monday, August 03, 2009

Legendary Auctions at the National

I've been a bit remiss in posting about some of the major auction houses and their wares. Have no fear, though, I am back with a wonderful mini-auction put together by Legendary Auctions and held in conjunction with the National Convention this past weekend in Cleveland.

This auction is much smaller than what you would typically find from a large auction house. Only 69 items were on the bill, and it was conducted live at the Cleveland House of Blues on Friday. For a complete list of items go here. One of the keys to the event was the sale of numerous personal Baseball items from Bob Gibson; including his first contract, first major league victory ball, 1967 World Championship ring, a game-used glove, 1971 Gold Glove Award, 1968 Cy Young Award, 1968 MVP Award, 1981 HOF Induction ring, his HOF plaque and his 2006 WS Championship ring with the Cardinals. That has got to be his entire lifetime collection of Baseball paraphernalia. See a video about the Bob Gibson Collection here.

Unfortunately, there is not one Dodger item to share (besides a game-used Jackie Robinson bat), but there is a very rare Pacific Coast League card of the Los Angeles team from 1910. Below is a Bishop & Company E221 horizontal team card of the LA PCL Baseball club. Bishop & Company was a candy company, so, no doubt, these cards were inserted into candy packages. It measures 10" x 2 3/4" and sold for a impressive $5,700.00.

Here is the other major draw to this auction- The Bill Hoffer Collection. Before you read on, please watch the video below to find out more about it.

YouTube Link: bobfreedman1963:

It is incredible that this stuff still exist in such great condition. Here is the team cabinet that sold for $21,600.00.

Here is his authentic game-used uniform from 1895. It sold for $105,000.00.

I don't think I've ever seen a actual game used Baseball from a professional Baseball game dating to 1895. Wow! It sold for $28,800.00.


  1. What's up with all the Gibson stuff? Is he having money problems? Estate planning?

  2. I thought the same thing, but he apparently has numerous other awards still in his collection, so he probably felt the timing was good to unload some of these things.


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