Lot #288 Kenny Bush Personal Collection
Description: A lot of personal items belonging to famed Phillies bat boy, Kenny Bush. Lot includes a 1970's era warm-up jacket, 30 paycheck stubs, four photos (two personalized to Bush) and two letters from Bill Giles - including a letter notifying Bush of his termination in 1992.
Current bid: $100
Comments: Bush was well-known as the bat boy for the 1950 Whiz Kids who continued on with the team as an equipment and clubhouse manager up through the early 1990s. Most interesting to me is the termination letter which in part reads, "It is with great sadness that I must inform you that you will no longer be employed with the Phillies...Generally, you have not lived up to the responsibilities of your job and we just have to make a change."
Update (2/3/12): This lot ended at $375 with 12 bids. A lot more than I would have expected - but, not totally surprised to see a personal piece of memorabilia with connections to a widely recognized member of Phillies history get so much attention.
Link to item: Bush collection
|Kenny Bush - Paper items including termination letter|
Description (excerpt from Huggins and Scott site): "The thick mesh cream-colored button-down garment features proper tagging and embroidered/twill identifiers, as well as an “HK” memorial patch honoring former announcer Harry Kalas. The unaltered diamond attire shows light wear and comes with an LOA on Phillies stationery"
Current bid: $210
Comments: This is a real gem for a Phillies or Chase Utley fan. If you are going to pay big bucks for a gamer - make sure it has correct tagging and authentication. This has both...
Update (2/3/12): This lot ended at $900 after 15 bids. That was $250 more than the matching Jimmy Rollins jersey got, and $710 more than Kyle Kendrick's 2010 road jersey.
|Chase Utley 2009 Alternate Home Jersey|
Description: Single-signed ONL ("Feeney") ball with JSA authentication.
Current bid: $100
Comments: Johnson played 4+ seasons for the Phillies from 1969-1973, with his best season coming in 1971 when he hit 34 home runs and drove in 95 runs. He was also a coach for the 1983 NL Championship team. His early death in 1992 has limited the single-signed balls in market - nice pickup for a Phillies fan who is looking for a hard to find autograph.
Update (2/3/12): Put this down as the surprise of the auction for me. The lot sold for $2,000 after 45 bids. I knew this was a pretty rare ball, but had no clue it would go for anywhere close to the final bid amount.
|Deron Johnson Autograph OMLB|