Monday, November 04, 2013

Some Phenomenal Baseball Memorabilia at Hunt Auctions

Last week, I was busy sharing some of my favorite Dodgers' items available for sale through Hunt Auctions.  It's the 10th Anniversary of their Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory auction, so there was plenty to share.  I showed some great Dodger art, Dodgers memorabilia, and a vintage Jackie Robinson photo.  Today, I point to some non-Dodger memorabilia that stuck out to me.

Joe Sewell is one of the greatest batsman to ever play the game.  He batted a career .312 in 14 Major League seasons, and was elected in the Hall of Fame in 1977.  Sewell is noted for for striking out only 114 in 8,333 career plate appearance.  So, he might very well be the best contact hitter the game has ever seen.  Featured below is a Ty Cobb professional model bat given to Sewell (by Cobb) in 1925.  This expected to sell for a small fortune.
(auction link)

The next item is very unusual.  It is Joe Sewell's bronzed cleats.  It has recently been removed from the auction in order to be placed within a museum dedicated to Sewell at the University of Alabama.  It' great to hear that such a great Baseball artifact will find a home in a place for all to see.
(auction link)

Here is a circa 1912 photograph taken by Paul Thompson of the pitching hand of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson.
(auction link)

Did you know that Roberto Clemente was a member of the Marine Corps Reserves?  Well, below is a photo to prove it.  The pic is from 1958.  Clemente spent 6 months on active duty at Parris Island and Camp LeJeune.  In basic he gained weight and strength that alleviated back problems he had experienced as a young adult.
(auction link)

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