Al Kaline ended his career with 399 home runs. Let’s give it one more.
The high-profile auction of more than 400 Kaline-owned items turned out to be a major success, grossing more than $ 1.64 million, more than double the initial estimates, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions announced on Monday. .
The auction ran Thursday through Saturday, with top sellers including Kaline’s 1973 Wilson Glove ($ 126,000), 1984 World Series Ring ($ 87,000), and 1968 World Series Trophy Replica ( $ 56,400).
Kaline, who died on April 6, 2020, at the age of 85, expressed that he wanted his family to sell his collection, so as not to burden them with trying to organize and preserve the items. The family said a portion of the proceeds will go to some of Kaline’s favorite charities.
“We do not take this responsibility lightly, and it is as much an honor as it is a pleasure to work with these great athletes and their families to find new homes for their treasures and trophies,” said Chris Ivy, President and founder of Heritage Sports. in a statement Monday. “This is one of the great joys of this profession: uniting players and fans through these tangible collections of moments and memories.
“And we can’t wait to start all over again.”
The Kaline Bundle spanned the gamut of Kaline’s life and career, including several trophies, high school and majors – among them his 10 Golden Gloves – as well as balls, jerseys, sticks, gloves and even used golf clubs and bags from his decades as a member at Oakland Hills Country Club.
Signed contracts were also auctioned, including the 1971 contract which he turned down because he did not believe it was worth $ 100,000; speeches, including his Hall of Fame induction and last game at Tiger Stadium; worn clothes; signed checks; a large collection of signed baseballs, many signed by other Hall of Fame members, and some even signed by former Presidents of the United States; personal telegrams sent by various dignitaries; and even the retired # 6 sign hanging at Tiger Stadium.
“His idea was to share it with the fans,” said Mark Kaline, one of Al’s two sons, of the decision to auction off the collection, which had been partially on display at Kaline House and partially stored in boxes.
Kaline is survived by his wife Louise, sons Mike and Mark and four grandchildren, including Colin, a former Tigers prospect and former Oakland University baseball coach.
The Kaline lot headlined the Heritage Fall Sports auction, which included a sweat-stained Mickey Mantle jersey that cost $ 615,000 and a jersey worn by Joe DiMaggio that cost 266,000 $. A ticket from the first game in which ex-Michigan QB Tom Brady threw an NFL touchdown, signed by Brady, cost $ 144,000, while a Brady rookie card grossed $ 288,000.
The total auction exceeded $ 26 million.
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