Friday, May 04, 2012

SCP Auctions: Jackie, Sandy and the Babe

SCP Auctions has their 2012 Spring/May auction up and it is definitely worth a look.  They have the entire rookie PSA 10 graded card collection belonging to former slugger Dmitri Young, a large collection of Thurman Munson memorabilia, memorabilia belonging to David Wells (including a Babe Ruth cap) and a circa 1920's game-worn jersey from Babe Ruth that is expected to reach into the 7 figures.  On top of that, there are some very nice Dodgers related collectibles.  Check out my favorites below.

Below is an original 1949 barnstorming advertising poster showcasing a game featuring Jackie Robinson and his Major League All-Stars.  Both Roy Campanella and Larry Doby are also highlighted.  Memorabilia like this are very scarce and often counterfeited, so be weary if you're in the market for one.  I would be especially careful about purchasing memorabilia like this off of eBay.  A vast majority of them are fakes, and weirdly many of the fakes where sold out of the Midwest (particularly Ohio).  Why?  I dunno.  That has just been my observation.  Anyway, I'll let the auction description go into more details about the game featured in the poster.
The exhibition drew a crowd estimated at 12,000 fans to High Rock Park, better known as Tar Park, the home of the New York Yankee farm club Norfolk Tars. To show Robinson's popularity, contemporary newspaper accounts say several thousand fans were turned away on orders of the fire department that night.

This is a style of cap I didn't know existed back in the days of Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball.  Below is a game-used mesh style Brooklyn Dodgers cap of Sandy Koufax.  From the auction description:
Originating from the personal collection of former Major League pitcher Karl Drews, the caps history has been thoroughly documented by his son John Drews. In Drews’ accompanying one-page notarized letter of provenance he details the hat's history. It reads in part, “My father Karl Drews played professional baseball for 21 years ...He pitched in relief for the Yankees in the 1947 season going 6-6 and had two appearances in the 1947 World Series ...He had his best season in the majors in 1952, winning 14 games and finishing 5th in the league with a 2.72 ERA. He finished his major league career in 1954 with the Cincinnati Reds. My father continued to play professional baseball with numerous minor league teams, eventually finishing his career in 1960 with the Mexico City Reds. When we were young our father brought home from his spring training site a hat that he said he got from a very young Sandy Koufax. He told us how he was a very young left handed pitcher who everyone had great expectations for and that he too thought would be a truly great pitcher one day. He told us how special this hat would be some day if Koufax had the type of career that the players and coaches envisioned. We kept the hat in our closet with other items from my father's playing days (there were no fancy hat boxes, bat holders, etc back then)

This jersey is just wonderful.  It's a 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers game-used full uniform once worn by Babe Ruth.  Awesome, just awesome.

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