Ozzie Smith selling Gold Gloves, World Series rings in auction
Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith is selling many of his valuable baseball belongings in an auction scheduled for November.
As ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first reported, Smith is selling his 13 Gold Gloves, 11 All-Star Game rings, and his Roberto Clemente and Lou Gehrig Awards. He’s also selling the 2006 and 2011 World Series rings he received from the Cardinals for being one of franchise’s Hall of Famers. There is no indication that he is selling the World Series ring he won as a shortstop for the Cardinals in 1982.
A spokesman for SCP Auctions, which is running the sale, told Larry Brown Sports there will be more than 100 items altogether. Some of the items will include game-worn jerseys, Smith’s fielder’s glove, his 1975 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo game-worn jersey, and many tribute items.
Crasnick says the auction is for “estate and family planning,” but whenever a notable athlete begins unloading valuables, there is an immediate concern about financial struggles.
SCP Auctions has also handled the collections or estates for several notable athletes such as Arthur Ashe, Bob Cousy, Honus Wagner, Joe Fraser, Walter Johnson, and Wilt Chamberlain.
SCP Auctions told LBS that the auction will take place from Nov. 14-Dec 1.
H/T Eye on Baseball