Robin Roberts Presentation Piece
|Robin Roberts Presentational Piece (via Hunt Auctions)|
Description: A 18"x35" "Greatest Phillies" presentational piece belonging to the late Hall of Famer, Robin Roberts. Vignette features "greatest" players for each of the eight regular fielding positions, and one right-handed pitcher (Roberts) and one left-handed pitcher. COA from Roberts family.
Final Bid: $322
During voting that took place between April-May 1969 Roberts was not only voted as the team's all-time best right-hander, but also their best all-time player. The selection of the "Greatest Phillies" team was part of a larger promotion run by the Baseball Writers Association of America to celebrate 100 years of Major League Baseball - with the best team of MLB's first century announced at the 1969 All-Star Game.
I think this is a unique piece, with a great story. The fact that it was owned by Roberts, who was ranked as the "best" Phillie, makes it even better. The final bid price seems like a steal.
Veterans Stadium Gate/Ramp Sign
|Veterans Stadium Ramp Sign (via Hunt Auctions)|
Final Bid: $221
The sign was one of several Vet pieces up for bid this month. If you regularly read this blog you know I have an affinity for the Vet, and own a couple "relics" myself. I bought a "You Are Here" metal sign with a stadium graphic at the Final Innings Sale in December '03 - and for that reason was interested to see how bidding ended on this lot. This style sign is a little more available, and I have seen several sell (in this same range) over the past few years. From experience, these metal signs are extremely heavy - I would not want to see what the shipping costs were for this one.