Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.
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Ozzie Smith’s Gold Gloves fetch almost $520,000
Posted Dec 2, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Ozzie Smith’s fielding was golden, like money in the bank. On Sunday, the Hall of Fame shortstop turned gold into cold cash.
SCP Auctions (www.scpauctions.com) reported Sunday that Lot No. 185 — Smith’s collection of 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards (1980 to 1992) sold for $519,203.
That amount includes a 20 percent buyer’s premium. The opening bid set by SCP was $30,000, and 25 bids were received. SCP said that the winning bidder wanted to remain anonymous.
The lot includes a signed letter of authenticity from Smith.
Don’t think for a second that Ozzie is going to miss those awards. A second replica set was produced by Rawlings (which awards the Gold Gloves) for Smith to display in his St. Louis area restaurant.
The Gold Gloves was part of a 90 items up for bid in SCP’s “Ozzie Smith Collection.” The second-highest item sold was the 50th Anniversary All-Time Gold Glove Team trophy presented to him by Rawlings in 2007. Including buyer’s premium, it sold for $65,048.
Other items that were on the block included Smith’s final game-worn glove, several World Series and All-Star Game rings, his first paycheck from the San Diego Padres in 1977, his game-worn jersey from the 1987 All-Star Game, several bats, the key to the city of St. Louis, and even a basketball inscribed to him by NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain.
It’s a staggering collection, but it was not the only one that SCP concluded on Sunday.
Two pairs of Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves used during fights each sold for $385,848. One pair was used against Sonny Liston on Feb. 25, 1964, in Miami Beach (when then-named Cassius Clay beat Liston for the heavyweight title); and the other pair was worn for his first bout against Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971 — the “Fight of the Century” at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Other items of note that sold: Paul Hornung’s 1956 Heisman Trophy ($173,102); Oscar Robertson’s NBA MVP award for the 1963-64 season ($177,632); and a team sweater worn by Babe Ruth in the early 1920s (SCP sets the time as around 1922) for $250,642). All of those figures include the buyer’s premium.
That’s a lot of gold — and even more cash — for one day. If you’re interested in seeing all the winning bids, go to the SCP website.