An estate sale of the personal belongings owned by Stan Musial and his wife Lil held last month generated considerable attention. This was the case despite the fact that most of the late Hall of Famer’s baseball-related memorabilia was not included.
That will change on October 24-26 as Heritage Auctions will be offering over 500 lots of game-used items, correspondence and mementos from “The Man’s” personal collection. This is reportedly the first time the Musial family has released items into the open market other than for charity purposes.
Among the items that will be offered for sale include baseballs from Musial’s 1,000th, 2000th and 3,200th hits, a 2004 St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship Ring presented to Musial (and all Cardinals Hall of Famers); and 2006 and 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Rings presented to Musial.
Historic correspondence and autographs include a letter written by Ty Cobb to Musial on the subject of hitting; a Babe Ruth signed baseball personally given to Musial as a minor leaguer; a Branch Rickey letter to Musial regarding his importance to baseball and many presidential items signed and personalized to Musial.
Game-used gear will include Musial’s 1945 Navy baseball uniform as well as St. Louis Cardinals game-worn material.
According to Heritage Auctions, these items will be available for online bidding on or about October 4.