Current Live Auction
2015 Live Auction at T-Mobile All-Star FanFestTuesday, July 14th, 2015 at 10:30am ET
Location: Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Welcome to the online catalogue for the July 14th, 2015 Live Auction at T-Mobile All Star FanFest. This exclusive live auction features 457 live auction lots of historical memorabilia. Lots will be sold LIVE and in person beginning at 10:30am ET on Tuesday, July 14th at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The auctioneer generally sells 100 lots per hour in numerical order per the catalogue. Online pre-bidding will close on Monday, July 13th at 10pm ET.
The Live Auction is open for online pre-bidding until Monday, July 13th at 10pm ET. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. until Friday, July 10th at 5:00pm ET. Please review the Bidding Instructions for a full explanation of the bidding procedures.
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Herb Carneal Collection
Lots 30-61 originate from the personal collection of Herb Carneal. Recognized as "The Voice of the Twins" Carneal served as the lead radio broadcast announcer for the club from 1962-2006. He was revered by generations of Twins fans for his easy going style and laid back approach to the game as evidenced by his trademark, "Hi Everybody" greeting. Carneal received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996 and was inducted into the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting's Hall of Fame in 2004. He was named Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year 20 times by the National Sportswriters Association. Prior to his tenure with the Twins, Herb Carneal worked broadcasting games for the Phillies, Athletics, and Orioles. The offered items have been consigned directly by the Carneal family and are being offered for the first time publibly.
Johnny Bench Collection
Lots 87-130 originate from the personal 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 RBI. His legendary career earned him election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame along with selection to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. His uniform #5 was retired by the Reds and Bench is recognized as the greatest player in the history of the franchise. The offered materials have been consigned directly to the auction by Johnny Bench and we are honored to have been afforded the opportunity to represent Mr. Bench in sharing some of these items with the fans of Cincinnati. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that a portion of the auction proceeds will benefit the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund. The Fund has to date benefitted over (700) students with grants totaling over $2,100,000. 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. The items within the collection are being offered for the first time publicly and will each include a signed letter of provenance from Johnny Bench.
Bris Lord Collection
Lots 179 & 180 are from the collection of Bris Lord. A major League outfielder from 1905-1913, Bris Lord spent time with the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps, and Boston Braves. In 1910 he joined the Athletics for a second stint, having already played there from 1905-1907, and legendary manager Connie Mack is said to have claimed that he became essential to the team and was a key to the pennant winning seasons that followed.
Dr. Charles G. Steen Collection
Lots 213-228 originate from the personal collection of Dr. Charles G. Steen. Dr. Steen was a noted collector of baseball autographs during the 1930-40s era compiling an impressive array of materials recognized for its quality within the hobby. Several examples of period correspondence between Steen and the players themselves have surfaced within the hobby over many years with the offered specimens providing a fine representation of his superb overall collection among advanced hobbyists as one of the strongest of its type.
Negro League Statues
Lot numbers 233-239 were commissioned as part of the stadium displayed titled "Legacy Square" at PNC Park which serves as the home field fo the Pittsburgh Pirates. The bronze statues are of a mignificent quality exhibiting precise detail and realism worthy fo a museum display. Their unveiling during the 2006 season of Pittsburgh's PNC Park became one of the signature areas of the award winning ballpark enjoyed by millions of fans over the period in which they were on display. Commisioned by the Pirates to honor the Negro League players who played for Pittsburgh area temas during the time period of 1925-1950. They were executed by architect Ed Scheele and sculptor John Forsythe both of whom were lauded for their previous works at the Negro League Museum in Kansas City. The bronzes have been donated to be included within the auction with all of the net proceeds to benefit the Josh Gibson Foundation.
Johnny Pesky Estate Collection
Lot numbers 255-259 originate from the estate of former Boston Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky. Pesky was truly a life-long member of the Red Sox family remaining a vital part of the franchise long after his playing career as a coach, mentor, and team ambassador. The following items originate directly from the Pesky estate and are being offered for the first time publicly.
Charles DeWitt Collection
Lots 263-272 originate from the personal collection fo Charles DeWitt. DeWitt served as travelling secretary and as owner of the St. Louis Browns during the 1940s era which included the team's 1944 American League Championship season. The DeWitt family legacy within the game of baseball, most notably in the St. Louis region, is well documented with the offered items being sold for the first time publicly. Each lot will include a letter of provenance from the DeWitt family.
Lot numbers 344-347 originate from the personal collection of Jeff Hupp. Jeff's father, John Hupp, worked as a pharmacist at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA during the 1960s era and had a co-worker, Rudy Peru, who worked with Pittsburgh Pirates players Manny Mota and Roberto Clemente. Mr. Peru would frequently bring the players to the Rupp home for family dinners and on those same occasions bring along gifts of Pirates items and autoraphed pieces for the Hupp children including Jeff. The offered materials are being offered for the first time publicly from the Hupp family directly.
George Sosnak Collection
Lots 360-387 originate from the personal collection of George Sosnak. Important cache of materials not previously offered at public auction representing the highly acclaimed works of noted sports folk artist George Sosnak. Growing up in the Pittsburgh, PA area, Sosnak began collecting baseball autographs as a young man. After his distinguished service with the US Military in WWII Sosnak began umpiring games in Minor League baseball while beginning the practice of painting baseballs in a folk art decorative style. His painted baseballs are highly sought after within the hobby and have been exhibited in major museums including the National paintings on board by Sosnak which are executed in the same fashion as his painted baseballs. This important discovery of Sosnak's orginal portfolio were obtained directly by Sosnak family representative Don Talbot and are being offered for the first time publicly within this auction. The second portion will consist of football related subjects and will be sold at Hunt Auctions 2016 NFL Super Bowl Live Auction.
Michael Cupon Collection
Lots 388-412 originate from the personal collection of Michael Cupon. Nick named "Iron Mike", Michael Cupon came to the United States from Croatia settling in the Pittsburgh area. Cupon worked for J&L Steel during the week but it was truly the weekends that he waited for with great anticipation. Mr. Cupon became employed as the visiting team clubhouse manager for Forbes Field and later Three Rivers Stadium from the 1950s through the 1980s. The athletes he met and spent time with were the stuff of legend, including Jim Brown, Roberto Clemente, Jack Lambert, Terry Bradshaw, and many others. Mr. Cupon's granddaughter. Dawn, recently remarked, "Michael Cupon was a wonderful family man, great friend, and pillar of the community. This collection was my grandfather! He had such pride and joy when speaking of these people who receive these items feel the same joy and pride and he did." Items within this current offering will include a letter of provenance from the Cupon family.