Welcome to the online catalogue for the July 12th, 2016 Live Auction at All Star FanFest®. This exclusive live auction features 436 live auction lots of historical memorabilia. Lots will be sold LIVE and in person beginning at 10:30am PST on Tuesday, July 12th at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. The auctioneer generally sells 100 lots per hour in numerical order per the catalogue. Online pre-bidding will close on Monday, July 11th at 7pm PST.
The Live Auction is open for online pre-bidding until Monday, July 11th at 7pm PST. High Bids & Ceiling Bids placed during the pre-bidding period will be executed competitively during the Live Auction. Additional arrangements for phone & absentee bidding are being accepted at 610.524.0822 or email@example.com. until Friday, July 8th at 2:00pm PST. Please review the Bidding Instructions for a full explanation of the bidding procedures.
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Bill Weiss Questionnaires
Lot numbers 38-60 originate from the archives of noted baseball historian Bill Weiss. Weiss amassed the approximate 125,000 questionnaires beginning in 1947 and were meticulously preserved over the years including a number of future Hall of Fame members and rare player obscurities. These “one of a kind” unique questionnaires are mini biographies of the players, most often at a very early point in their baseball career and in their own handwriting. The players responses are both interesting, fascinating, revealing and in some cases very surprising. The information compiled by Weiss would be used for baseball guides that he published for teams and leagues. This initial offering will be the first of several over the next six months with thousands of total pieces to be sold. 100% of the net proceeds witll go towards the digitization of the the questionnaires so that baseball fans from around the world may have access to this incredible archive through the San Diego Baseball Research Center housed at the San Diego Public Library.
Norman P. Otto Tigers Collection
Lot numbers 61-74 originate from the personal collection of Norman P. Otto. Mr. Otto worked within the Detroit Tigers organization for over (35) years including the position of Director of Ticket Sales. The items offered within this auction are being sold for the first time publicly with the second portion of the collection available within our upcoming monthly auctions.
Johnny Bench Collection
Lots 149-156 are from the collection of Johnny Bench. Widely regarded as the greatest overall catcher in the history of the game, Johnny Bench is beloved by fans of the Cincinnati Reds for whom Bench played for his entire career from 1967-1983. Bench’s career statistics are stunning: 1968 NL Rookie of the Year award, (2) NL MVP awards, (14) NL All-Star team selections, (2) World Series Championships, (10) Gold Glove awards, 2,048 Hits, 389 Home Runs, and 1,376 RBIs. His legendary career earned him election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame along with selection to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that a portion of the auction proceeds will benefit the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund. We applaud the fine work that Mr. Bench has accomplished within the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund and are thrilled to be able to assist such a worthy cause.
Tony Gwynn Collection
The following lot numbers 157-247 originate from the personal collection of legendary San Diego Padres All-Star and 2007 Hall of Fame Inductee Tony Gwynn. Widely regarded as one of the elite batsman in the history of the game and universally hailed as one of the most kind and genuine gentleman the sport has ever seen. Tony’s career statistics are of “video game” status. Career Batting Average .338; Lifetime Hits 3,141; (8) Time NL Batting Champion; (15) Time NL All-Star; (5) NL Gold Glove Awards; (7) NL Silver Slugger Awards; San Diego Padres Retired #9 ; and election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 (97.6% vote total). Gwynn’s methodical approach to the art of hitting was likely eclipsed, or possibly equal to, only Ty Cobb and Ted Williams. In addition to recognition as the greatest hitter of the modern era Tony was beloved and celebrated for playing his entire (20) year career with the San Diego Padres. His status as the most significant player in franchise history is well situated and likely to never be eclipsed . Quite possibly outperforming his excellence on the playing field were Gwynn’s off the field philanthropic endeavors. Through countless programs and charities Tony Gwynn never lost sight or perspective of the great blessings baseball had brought to him. Most notably, the Gwynn family has contributed to the San Diego community through the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation (Founded 1995). The focus of T.A.G. Foundation has been to help assist those programs that enhance the opportunity for children to become healthy, educated, emotionally stable, productive citizens by providing the best quality education and housing opportunities available. We are very pleased to announce that a portion of the proceeds from the items within the Gwynn Collection will benefit the T.A.G. Foundation. We would like to take the time to thank Alicia Gwynn and her family for affording us the privilege and honor to represent Tony Gwynn within this auction. The inclusion of a select number of his treasured memorabilia pieces within the 2016 MLB All-Star auction is truly humbling. We can only aspire that in some small fashion it serves an appropriate tribute to the San Diego Padres icon as a celebration of his storied career and exemplary character.
Private Collection of Vintage Baseball Autographed Government Postcards
The following lot numbers 417-436 represent a portion of a recently discovered private collection of baseball autographed Government postcards dating to the 1940-50s. The collection includes some exceptional condition exemplars of desirable Hall of Fame members and will be followed by a second offering of signed pieces in our upcoming August monthly auction.
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