For about two decades, J. Ross Greene kept a deep, delightful secret. Outside of his circle of family and close friends and one or two people in the hobby, no one knew that in 1996 he spent the shocking sum of $46,000 on a baseball card ($103,000 in today’s money). “I didn’t have many friends who thought about baseball cards,” he told me from his home in the Atlanta area. “I’m sure they thought that ‘he’s got a lot of money or hasn’t got any sense.’”
In 1876, a group of owners and team officials gathered at a New York hotel to draft and sign the constitution that created baseball’s National League and would ultimately have ramifications far beyond the diamond. The principles the document laid out, largely the work of Chicago White Stockings owner William Hulbert, would provide the basic model for every major team sports league in the world that followed.
Willie Stargell’s 1979 National League MVP award and his ‘79 World Series ring are up for auction, as part of a collection of the Hall of Famer’s personal items being sold by his widow, Margaret Weller-Stargell.
“Willie’s collection will do very well at auction,” said Terry Melia, spokesman for SCP Auctions, Inc. “We expect it to clear more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.”
In the wake of its record-breaking $3.26 million sale last spring of the 1857 Laws of Base Ball documents, SCP Auctions has unveiled the recently discovered 1876 Founding Documents and Original Constitution of Major League Baseball, a hand-written, 74-page sports artifact, which will go up for auction May 24. Bidding will close June 10.
A rare Honus Wagner T206 baseball card that could fetch upwards of $1.5 million is up for auction later this month. One of the most sought-after baseball cards in history, the T206 features a youthful Wagner in his Pittsburgh Pirates uniform, his hair parted down the middle. Wagner is considered one of the Pirates’ all-time greatest baseball players.
He was still a solid player and in the prime of life by today’s standards but after the 1933 baseball season, Babe Ruth decided to get his business affairs in order. At age 38, with a wife and family, he decided to draw up his last will and testament. The document, signed with his full given name 1933 Babe Ruth will testament and dated the day after Christmas, is coming to auction next month. It’s expected to bring a six-figure price.