Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Barry Larkin’s Collection
Also Featured in Sept. 23rd Auction
Exton, PA (August 27, 2020) – Hunt Auctions is honored to present the personal collection of Hall of Fame member and iconic Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully within its September 23, 2020 Live Internet Auction. The auction was originally slated to take place live in Los Angeles as part of Hunt Auctions 16th annual MLB All-Star Game auction event but will now be conducted as a live online auction due to Covid-19 related constraints.
The Scully Collection consists of materials related to his incredible 67-year broadcasting career with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers franchise. Vin Scully is widely regarded as the most revered and talented sportscaster in the history of American sport. Scully humbly began his iconic career in 1949 when he was recruited by CBS Sports Director Red Barber to broadcast collegiate football games. Vin’s abilities immediately became of notice when he worked his first game on the field at a frigid Boston University leading to Barber enlisting his talents to join him on the Dodgers broadcasts. Beginning with the 1950 season in Brooklyn and coming to completion in 2016 in Los Angeles Vin Scully endeared himself to millions of baseball fans all around the world most notably of course in the Los Angeles area. His classic style and easy demeanor brought fans into the game of baseball in a manner not previously seen. Countless immortal calls will bless baseball fans for future generations including his mark during the 1988 World Series after Kirk Gibson’s walk off home run, “In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened.” In addition to his legendary baseball career Scully worked within several other professional sports to include NFL and PGA TOUR Golf. His broadcasting skills were equally impressive on the gridiron and links with Scully elevating to work at the highest venue levels including the 1982 NFC Championship game making the call for “The Catch”.
“For 67 years, I have been blessed to have fulfilled a childhood dream of broadcasting baseball,” remarked Vin Scully. “My journey began in Brooklyn with the likes of Duke Snider and Jackie Robinson and finished with Kirk Gibson and Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles. The sport has given a redheaded kid playing stickball in the streets of New York even more than he had nerve to pray for and allows my wife Sandi and me to contribute some assistance to Neuromuscular Research at UCLA to which my family is proud to support. This auction contains pieces of my life and dreams as well as baseball memories. Here’s hoping they will be enjoyed by many.”
“Vin Scully is one of the most iconic figures in baseball history,” said David Hunt, President, Hunt Auctions. “Vin’s ability to make you feel as part of the game itself, part of a family, and with an uncommon humility was his unique genius. The honor to associate with Vin Scully for this very special offering is without question one of the most significant in our 30-year company history.”
The Vin Scully Collection will include items spanning his entire career from the 1950s through the 2016 season with various pricing ranges to afford fans at every level to have an opportunity to participate. We are pleased to announce that a portion of the Scully Collection proceeds will benefit Neuromuscular Research at UCLA.
Vin Scully Collection Highlights:
|-Vin Scully 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers World Championship ring||(Est. $100,000-$300,000)|
|-Vin Scully 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship ring||(Est. $75,000-$150,000)|
|-Vin Scully 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers World Championship ring||(Est. $50,000-$100,000)|
|-Vin Scully 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers World Championship ring||(Est. $15,000-$25,000)|
|-Vin Scully 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series presentational trophy||(Est. $15,000-$25,000)|
|-Unique “Dodgers Centennial” Limited Edition Serigraph with hand painted Vin Scully by LeRoy Neiman||(Est. $25,000-$50,000)|
|-Important 2016 Vin Scully 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers scorebook from Final MLB Season||(Est. $10,000-$15,000)|
|-President Ronald Reagan single signed baseball to Vin Scully||(Est. $5,000-$10,000)|
Green Diamond Gallery Collection: Part IV
The September All-Star Live Auction event will also feature the fourth major installment of the Green Diamond Gallery Collection. This historic collection was curated by Dayton, Ohio native Bob Crotty over a nearly 50 year tenure in which he amassed one of the most significant private collections to have ever been assembled. Beginning at a very young age Bob Crotty collected various memorabilia from the game he loved which grew into a passion for sharing the collection with baseball fans through the Green Diamond Gallery museum in Montgomery, Ohio. The world class private museum and club was formed in 2007 welcoming not only baseball enthusiasts but also playing host to dozens of notable speakers such as Johnny Bench, Mike Schmidt, Reggie Jackson, and Randy Johnson to name a few.
“I have had the great pleasure of counting Bob Crotty as a client and friend for over twenty years,” said David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions. “Bob’s visionary taste and targeted approach have equated to a collection which I would succinctly rank among the very finest of its type ever assembled. “Halper”, “Golden Age of Baseball”, “Armstrong”, and “Copeland” are all names revered as being iconic benchmarks in sports memorabilia collecting to which we feel confident “Green Diamond Gallery: Crotty” collection will be similarly referenced for years to come. The importance of this offering simply cannot be overstated.”
“The Green Diamond model existed to share my lifetime collecting journey and passion for the game of baseball,” said Bob Crotty, Founder of Green Diamond Gallery. “I felt that the time was right in my life to make this collection available to the collecting public so that others can enjoy the items and the history of the game which I love so dearly. I am very excited to collaborate with Hunt Auctions to bring this collection to the public to baseball fans all over the country and the world.”
Additionally, we are very pleased to announce that Bob Crotty will be donating a portion of the auction proceeds to Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)’s Pets and Vets Program is focused on Saving Both Ends of the Leash®. The innovative program matches specially selected shelter dogs with veterans struggling with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, agoraphobia, and more. The veteran-dog pairs then participate in on-site psychiatric service dog training - all at no cost to veterans. ARF also offers curriculum, training, and implementation support for program duplication to shelters across the country to reach more veterans and homeless animals in need.
Green Diamond Gallery Highlights:
|-1941 Lefty Grove Boston Red Sox professional model road uniform||(Est. $75,000-$150,000)|
|-Jackie Robinson Professional model baseball bat c.1951-52||(Est. $75,000-$125,000)|
|-1970 Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves professional model home jersey||(Est. $40,000-$60,000)|
|-1984 Bowie Kuhn MLB Commissioner ring||(Est. $10,000-$20,000)|
|-1972 Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants professional model road jersey||(Est. $20,000-$30,000)|
|-1967 Orlando Cepeda National League Most Valuable Player award||(Est. $50,000-$75,000)|
|-1966 Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers professional model road jersey||(Est. $30,000-$50,000)|
Barry Larkin Collection
Items from the personal collection of Cincinnati Reds shortstop and Hall of Fame member Barry Larkin will be offered within the September All-Star live auction. Barry Larkin played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1986-2004 ending his career totals of 2,314 hits and earning 12 selections to the National League All-Star team. Larkin was the key member of the 1990 Cincinnati Reds World Championship team and won the NL MVP during that same season. His overall talent, durability, and incredible skill set ranks among the finest shortstops in the history of the game to which he was honored by election to the Hall of Fame in 2012.
“Barry Larkin’s name has been associated with ‘excellence’ from the very beginning of his career,” remarked David Hunt, President, Hunt Auctions. “Barry was among a very special and elite group of players from the 1990s era whose presence on and off the field created a unique bond with fans of that generation. The items within the offered collection provide a representative selection from Barry’s career and are sure to be treasured by his many fans.”
“I cannot be more appreciative of my career spent playing in front of my hometown fans of Cincinnati,” said Barry Larkin. “The experiences I enjoyed while playing for the Reds are priceless to me and remain some of the fondest memories of my life. I am happy to share some of the memorabilia I acquired during my career with those same fans and I hope that they enjoy the items as much as I enjoyed playing in front of them for those many years.”
Barry Larkin Collection Highlights:
|-Barry Larkin 1990 World Series presentational trophy||(Est. $20,000-$40,000|
|-1989, 1995, 1998, 1999 Barry Larkin Silver Slugger awards||(Est. $7,500-$15,000 each)|
|-1994 and 1995 Barry Larkin Gold Glove awards||(Est. $15,000-$25,000each)|
|-2002-03 Kobe Bryant autographed Los Angeles Lakers professional model jersey||(Est. $5,000-$10,000)|
|-2009 Derek Jeter World Baseball Classic autographed professional model jersey||(Est. $10,000-$20,000)|
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