Tuesday, July 23, 2013

SCP: Bill Russell Collection on Auction - Including '81 & '88 World Series Memorabilia

SCP is on quite a roll.  They've handled some of the greatest Dodgers related collectibles to hit the auction block over the past several years. Earlier this year they handled the memorabilia collection of Steve Garvey, and a couple of years ago they sold mementos from the 1988 World Series that belonged to Kirk Gibson.  Now, they are handling a huge collection of collectibles from former Dodger short stop Bill Russell.  See the entire group of Russell items right here at SCP.  BTW, the auction officially starts on Wednesday.

There are a total of 46 lots, and it includes items from his days as a little leaguer to him being skipper of the 1999 Orlando Rays of the Southern League.  Heck, there are 13 different rings available.  Check out some of my favorite items below.

Here is Bill Russell's game-used glove from his Little League playing days, a store model Revelation Richie Ashburn model glove.
(Auction Link)

I found this item totally fascinating.  I'm sure many of you are familiar with Al Campanis' book "The Dodger Way to Play Baseball".  Well, below is the Dodgers official defensive playbook.  It includes 43 pages graphically outlining proper positioning for infielders in any number of defensive situations.
(Auction Link)

I've included a couple of pages to study over.  Click on any pic to embiggen.
(Auction Link)
(Auction Link)

Russell is also selling his World Series trophies.  Below is his personal 1981 Dodgers World Series trophy.
(Auction Link)

Below is the 1988 World Series trophy.  Russell was a coach under Tommy Lasorda.
(Auction Link)

He is even selling his 1988 World Series Championship rings.  See it below.


This next item is totally awesome, and definitely one-of-a-kind.  Below is a complete set of all 5 dugout line up cards to the 1988 World Series.  As the Dodgers bench coach, Bill Russell was in charge of keeping track of the lineup cards for the series.
(Auction Link)

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