With the St. Louis Cardinals finishing a successful season with a World Series title after taking the National League crown, I looked at a recent auction announcement with special interest.
One of the items currently for sale and ending this coming week through a company called Heritage Auctions is a 2004 Cardinals NL championship ring. Its original owner was identified on the ring as “Walsh”. Though not confirmed, my guess is Cardinals Director, Security and Special Services Joe Walsh.
Other Cardinals-related items include a most unique watch, game worn uniform items and a signed baseball from the 1960’s along with several autographed baseballs from the 1930’s. I extracted a part of each item’s description from the auction website.
Note: I have no interest in or connection with Heritage Auctions. This is presented for information purposes only.
2004 St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship Ring. A ruby logo bird is offset by a sea of real diamonds on the face, ringed by the words “National League Champions Cardinals.” Recipient’s surname “Walsh” appears on left shank above another team logo, while right shank announces “2004, 16th World Series, 105-57.” Interior band is stamped “Intergold 10K” and measures to a size ten. Original wood and glass display box is included. NRMT-MT. Guide Value or Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000.
1926 Bob O’Farrell St. Louis Cardinals Presentational Pocket Watch. Gorgeous fourteen-karat white gold “Illinois” open face pocket watch served as a symbol of gratitude to starting catcher Robert (Bob) Farrell for his service in the successful capture of the National League flag. The elegant engraved inscription on verso reads “Presented to R.A. O’Farrell of the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Club, National League Champions by St. Louis Fans, October 7, 1926.” Check your baseball calendar and you’ll find that this corresponds with Game Five of the Fall Classic, an extra innings three to two victory for Babe Ruth and the visiting Yanks. Watch measures 1.75″ in diameter. Guide Value or Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000.
1961 Stan Musial Game Worn St. Louis Cardinals Pants. Consigned by the family of the minor leaguer who received the Curt Flood jersey presented within this auction, these Stan Musial pants were likewise issued for secondary farm club use after the 1961 season. The home white flannel garment exhibits very solid wear, with embroidered swatch at interior rear waistband reading “Musial 36 25 ins 61.” Front interior waistband is tagged “Rawlings [size] 36,” with “Set 1 1961” flap tag affixed. Washing instructions label is immediately adjacent. A great opportunity to own genuine Hall of Fame flannel at a price well below what a jersey would command. The striped stirrups do not appear to be Major League issue but are included as likely farm club models. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Guide Value or Estimate: $1,200 – $1,500.
1961 Curt Flood Game Worn St. Louis Cardinals Jersey. Here we present a rare and enormously desirable home white flannel jersey dating to Flood’s fourth full season in the Majors, and his first truly great one. In every regard, the jersey was found to be 100% original and authentic, exhibiting a full season’s wear from Flood, and then secondary action in the minors where the classic birds and bat chenille logo on the chest and the red and navy felt number “21” on verso were left untouched. Proper “Rawlings [size] 40” label appears at lower left front tail, above a red “Flood 61” embroidered directly into the jersey body. At interior tail we find a washing instructions label sprouting a “Set 1 1961” flap. A magnificent gamer sourced directly from the family of the minor leaguer who inherited it. LOA from MEARS, A9. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Guide Value or Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000.
1968 Steve Carlton Game Worn St. Louis Cardinals Jersey. First and foremost, it must be stressed that the jersey remains in 100% complete and original condition, spared the post-Majors farm club relegation which claimed countless flannels of the day. The classic chenille bat and birds logo is still perfect on the chest, as is the two-tone felt number “32” just below the heart. The verso likewise presents in its original state, with “Carlton” gently arching over a larger number “32” below. Proper “Rawlings [size] 42” label appears at lower left front tail, balanced by a washing instructions tag and “Set 1 1968” flap just above the hem. Sandwiched in between is a red chainstitched “Carlton 68,” properly embroidered directly into the jersey body. MEARS characterizes the jersey’s wear as “light to moderate,” and a bold black sharpie signature from Carlton, notated “HOF 94” appears on chest. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA (autograph). Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph). Guide Value or Estimate: $40,000 – up.
1967 St. Louis Cardinals Game Worn Jersey with Pants, Cap. Home white flannel uniform from the Championship season keeps its original ownership a mystery, as the number “14” is a team-instituted change (faint outline of earlier number below) and nobody wore “14” for the birds that year. Matching pants have “Sievers” in marker inside, as the uniform was a farm club hand-me-down to Roy’s son. Cap is here as well. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Guide Value or Estimate: $600 – $800.
Circa 1935 Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Signed Baseball with St. Louis Cardinals. We’ve done our best to sort out the birthdate of this unusual sphere, and our suspicion is that it was signed at some point just before Ruth’s February 26, 1935 release from the Yankees, just prior to the start of spring training in Florida. Lou and the Babe’s joint appearance assures that this predates Ruth’s departure from the club he defined, and the roster of Gashouse Gangsters which joins them includes 1935 rookie Bill McGee. Regardless of precise vintage, the cast of characters presented is beyond impressive: Ruth (5/10), Gehrig (3/10), Dizzy Dean (twice: 7/10 and 4/10), Frisch (7/10), Durocher (2/10), Medwick (3/10), Paul Dean (6/10). Nineteen signatures are here in total, averaging 4/10 due to surface wear. “New York Club” brand baseball. Full LOA From PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Guide Value or Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000.
1934 St. Louis Cardinals Signed Autograph Collection. Eighteen cut signatures from the Gashouse Gang average 8/10. Includes Dean, Vance, Frisch, Medwick, Haines. Mixture of pen and pencil. Also here are modern 8×10″ photos of each signer for display purposes. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Guide Value or Estimate: $600 – $800.
1938 St. Louis Cardinals Team Signed Baseball. No shortage of Cooperstown residents on this ONL (Frick) sphere, beginning with the most celebrated Depression-era hurler of them all, the great Dizzy Dean. Bringing the Hall of Fame count to an even half dozen are Medwick, Frisch, Durocher, Haines and Mize. Other notables: Pepper Martin, Warneke, Gonzalez, Owen and Si Johnson. Signature quality ranges from 4/10 to 8/10 with most at the upper half of that scale. Light surface wear causes little concern. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Guide Value or Estimate: $800 – $1,200.
Circa 1950 Brooklyn Dodgers & St. Louis Cardinals Signed Baseball with Robinson, Campanella. St. Louis was always the toughest road trip for Robinson due to the heated racism encountered there, but he showed his endless grace and class in signing this ONL (Giles) ball along with an assortment of birds and Bums. Other notables include Campanella, Musial, Schoendienst (5/10), Slaughter, Hodges, Erskine and more. Sixteen signatures are here in total, with all listed 7/10 or better unless otherwise noted. A light coating of shellac is owed some thanks for the strong condition. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Guide Value or Estimate: $1,200 – $1,500.
1968 St. Louis Cardinals Team Signed Baseball with Maris. A pop fly to short in Game Seven of the 1968 would prove to be the last at-bat for the great Roger Maris, who would see his dream of one last World Championship slip away in the four to one loss to the Detroit Tigers. This sphere will help remember him always, as he appears with twenty-four fellow members of the 1968 National League Champs. Other notables include Schoendienst, Carlton, Cepeda, Flood, McCarver and more. Brock, Gibson, Edwards and Jaster appear in secretarial format. Signatures average 9/10 on this “Official Pro League” orb. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Guide Value or Estimate: $800 – $1,200.
Post auction update: I thought it would be interesting to look after the fact at what prices these items sold. They are listed in same order as above.
2004 ring: $5078.75
O’Farrell watch: $2868
1961 Musial pants: $2509.50
1961 Flood jersey: $10755.
1968 Carlton jersey: $23900
1967 jersey: $537.75
1935 ball: did not sell
1934 autographs: $1195.
1938 ball: $717.
1950 ball: $896.25
1968 ball: $597.50