Welcome to the online catalogue for the November 12th Lousiville Slugger Museum & Factory® Live Auction. This exclusive live auction features 443 live auction lots of historical memorabilia. Lots will be sold LIVE and in person beginning at 11:00am ET on Saturday, November 12th at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory®. The auctioneer generally sells 100 lots per hour in numerical order per the catalogue. Online pre-bidding will close on Friday, November 11th at 10pm ET.
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Ray Nemec Collection
The following lot numbers 1-27 originate from the personal collection of Ray Nemec. Nemec was one of the eleven founding charter members of the Society for American Baseball Research in 1971. His lifelong passion for statistical baseball research led him to SABR and his work is regarded by many to be among the most comprehensive and accurate statistics ever compiled. “As I was running to first base I’d be figuring out my batting average. I think that’s why I never was a good ballplayer” remarked Nemec. This inaugural offering within this auction will be the first of many as there are quite literally tens of thousands of pieces, most notably, autographed informational cards. We are honored to have been selected by the Nemec family to represent them in the offering of this landmark collection and look forward to sharing this treasured baseball archive with the collecting public.
Bill Robinson Collection
(Lots 1-52) The following lot numbers 28-37 originate from the personal collection of former Major League Player and Coach Bill Robinson. Robinson enjoyed a prolific MLB career with several teams including the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, and Florida Marlins. During his career he was a member of three World Championship teams and well revered among his teammates. The offered items are being offered for the first time publicly directly from the family of Bill Robinson.
Property From A Prominent East Coast Baseball Postcard and Panoramic Photograph Collection
The following lot numbers 38-99 represent the first installment of a significant private collection consisting of vintage baseball postcards, panoramic photographs, tickets, and programs. The collection has been curated over a period of decades with a number of fine rarities throughout. By volume, the postcard portion of the collection is most notable numbering in the thousands. This initial offering will be followed by numerous future selections including an additional grouping of substance within our annual February Premier auction. We encourage all interested parties to take advantage of this unique collecting opportunity as collections of this quantity and quality are increasingly scarce.
Sargeant Arthur B. Hoffman Family Collection
The following lot numbers 100-103 originate from the personal collection of Sergeant Arthur B. Hoffman. In 1908, Hoffman had originally applied for a job with the Red Sox having been known as one of the finest baseball players within the U.S. Army system. Although that initial interest did not come to fruition Hoffman was later named as the official drillmaster of the Red Sox and gained great regard for his work with the players during his tenure including a young pitcher by the name of Babe Ruth. The offered collection was recently discovered within the Hoffman family archive and is being offered for the first time publicly. The significance and rarity of the Babe Ruth signed image dating to 1917 cannot be overstated and we are honored to present the collection to the collecting public on behalf of the Hoffman family.
Ron Leff Family Collection
The following lot numbers 170-222 represent a very special offering from the personal collection of Ron Leff. With the support and assistance of his wife and two sons Ron assembled an exceptional private collection of historic baseball memorabilia and artifacts having central focus on awards and game used bats. During the time period of the late 1990s into the 2000s in which the collection was primarily built Ron Leff carefully acquired the very finest pieces in their respective categories. His personal passion for the sport allowed him to share his love for the artifacts of the game with his family which led to an elite level collection that ranks among the finest in private hands. Since its inception the collection has gained national acclaim including exhibition, in part, within several noted museums and as a featured chapter within the book, “Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World’s Finest Private Collections”. With a recent re-focus of collecting interests, Ron and his family have elected to de-accession a portion of the collection to which we are honored to have been selected to facilitate the related offering. This initial selection of items was designated as a special offering to complement our annual Louisville Slugger Museum auction and will be followed by subsequent to follow in future auction venues. We hope that you enjoy this unique and significant offering and again are appreciative to have been entrusted with its offering.
Jack Murphy Archival Scrapbook Collection
The following lot numbers 258-263 originate from the personal collection of Jack Murphy. Mr. Murphy served as a long tenured scout for the Philadelphia Athletic under the leadership of Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack. The substance and quality of items within the Murphy scrapbook and related items is simply astounding and to a degree unprecedented. While Connie Mack signed letters are well documented and often sold the quantity and quality of this particular archive is without equal. The items are being offered for the first time publicly by a descendant of Jack Murphy.
Bob Breitbard Collection
The following lot number 330 originate from the personal collection of Bob Breitbard. Mr. Breitbard was an iconic figure within the sports community of the San Diego, CA region. In 1946 Bob formed the Breitbard Athletic Association to honor local athletes which spawned the Breitbard Hall of Fame and San Diego Hall of Champions in the 1950-60s. Along with lifetime friend Ted Williams he graduated from Hoover High School in 1937. The friendship between Bob Breitbard and Ted Williams would endure for the remainder of their lives. The offered signed baseball cache and game used bat were among Mr. Breitbard’s most cherished items to which we are honored to be presenting them at public auction for the first time.
Cecelia Swartz Collection
The following lot numbers 354-359 originate from the collection of Ceclia Swartz. Ms. Swartz was a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and became acquainted with a clubhouse employee during her many trips to the stadium. During the 1960-70s period Cecilia acquired game used bats from many of her favorite Pirates players which are being presented to the collecting public for the first time within this auction.
Johnny Mize Collection
The following lot numbers 406-443 originate from the personal collection of Johnny “Big Cat” Mize. Few hitters were more feared during the period of Mize’s career in which he excelled as a left handed slugger. Mize led the NL in home runs four times, RBIs three times, won the 1939 NL batting title, five time World Champion, and was a ten time NL All-Star. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. Johnny Mize remains one of the most endeared players from his home state of Georgia where he grew up in the small town of Demorest. After attending Piedmont College he ascended within the St. Louis Cardinals system eventually debuting in 1936 with the Major League club. The offered grouping has been consigned by the Mize family and is being offered for the first time publicly. A second installment of the Johnny Mize Collection will be included within our annual February Premier auction.
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