The 14th Annual Live Auction at
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Saturday, November 11th at 11:00am ET

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
800 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

Welcome to the online catalogue for the 14th Annual Live Auction at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory . This exclusive live auction will feature over 500 live auction lots of historical memorabilia. The auctioneer generally sells 75 lots per hour in numerical order per the catalogue. Online pre-bidding will close on Friday, November 10th at 1pm ET. To register to phone bid during the Live Auction please call 610-524-0822 or email

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This premier auction features the following collections:

The Personal Collection of Billy Pierce
Lots 310 - 400 originate from the personal collection of legendary Chicago White Sox pitcher, Billy Pierce. Pierce played for the White Sox from 1949-1961 earning seven selections to the American League All-Star team. Pierce was regarded as one of the dominant left handed pitchers of the 1950s era, compiling a career record of 211-169 with 1,999 strikeouts. In addition to his tenure with the White Sox, Pierce broke into the Major Leagues with the 1945 World Champion Detroit Tigers and ended his stellar career with the San Francisco Giants inclusive of an outstanding 1962 NL Championship season. The items within the Pierce Collection are being sold for the first time publicly and will each include a custom made, signed letter of provenance from the Pierce family. We are very pleased to announce that the Pierce family will be donating a portion of the auction proceeds to The Chicago Baseball Cancer Charity which is one of the many fine beneficiaries of Chicago White Sox Charities. Over the past 48 years, Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities events like the Annual All-Star Invitational Golf Outing have raised more than $16 million for cancer patient care, education, and research programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The collection itself is one of the more substantive of its type to have entered the marketplace and we are very proud to have been afforded the privilege to bring this fine grouping to the collecting public.

The Personal Collection of Ralph Branca
Lots 401 - 442 originate from originate from the personal collection of Ralph Branca. Branca played from 1944 to 1956 primarily with the Brooklyn Dodgers earning selections as a National League All-Star for 1947, 1948, and 1949. His contributions to the Dodgers' NL Championship teams of the late 1940s was notable in addition to his very important support of the Dodgers integration with Jackie Robinson. Upon Jackie's debut in 1947 Branca lined up alongside of Robinson on the field when other players refused to do the same. It was a significant and important step for the young pitcher to assist in one of the game's greatest moments. The offered items originate directly from the Branca family and will each include a signed letter of provenance.

The Personal Collection of Harvey "Hub" Walker
Lots 443-445 originate from originate from the personal collection of Harvey “Hub” Walker. Walker played a total of five seasons for the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers between 1931 to 1945. He served in World War II and was ineligible for the 1945 World Series but notably Commissioner Happy Chandler waived his status and Walker was able to play for the Tigers in the Series contributing a double and scoring a run. The items are being offered directly by the Walker family for the first time publicly.

Hillerich & Bradsby Archives
Lots 499 - 565 originate from the archives of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. photographic collection. The images are part of an extensive selection of photography assembled from the 1920-60s for the primary purpose of marketing the Louisville Slugger brand. This carefully curated grouping has been selected for de-accession in order to fund the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory “Hold a Piece of History” exhibit, which has become one of the most popular attractions within the museum. Many of the offered images are among the finest of their type, with several possibly standing as unique examples. The vast majority of the photographs will be accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA having special mention of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. archival provenance.

Private Collection of Baseball Original Artwork
Lots 215 - 230 represent an outstanding private collection of baseball related original artwork as executed by two of the most highly regarded sports artists of their time. The collection includes works from Arthur K. Miller whose acrylic paintings of the greatest players of the game have become iconic in nature having been prolifically exhibited in the National Baseball Hall of Fame among other acclaimed galleries and institutions. Works from Ron Stark are also showcased within the grouping whose sports artwork has developed into some of the most highly sought after in the country.

Preview Exhibition
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
Thursday, November 9th
9:00am - 5:00pm

Friday, November 10th
9:00am - 4:00pm

Auction Location
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factoryr
800 W Main St
Louisville, Kentucky

Auction Time:
Saturday, November 11th | 11:00am ET

Scott Foster

Bidding Inquiries:
Hunt Auctions
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