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Stan Musial online auction nets $1.2 million

If anyone thought that there isn’t big money in sports collectibles, think again.

Heritage Auctions of Dallas announced Monday that winning bids for the month-long internet auction of the late St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial’s personal memorabilia totaled $1.2 million.

That was considerably more than pre-auction estimates and represented about 15 percent of the total proceeds of the sports-themed auction, which generated over $8.1 million. Bidding ended Saturday.

After Musial passed away in January at age 92, his family decided to auction many of the items that he had collected over the years.

Six Musial items were among the top eight items sold as well as eight of the top 15.

Musial’s 2011 Cardinals World Series ring was the highest seller at $191,200 after auction officials had expected it would sell for about $40,000. His 2006 title ring went for $101,575.

A four-page letter from Ty Cobb in 1952 went for $71,700, compared to the estimated price of $10,000. A Babe Ruth-signed baseball given to Musial in 1941 brought $53,775 at auction.

This page shows the top 20 items and prices from the auction.

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