Auction Watch: Heritage Auction, Live May Event

Checked in with Heritage Auctions this week to find out what Phillies items are up for bid in their May Live Auction and found a couple gems.  Approximately two weeks remains before the end of internet bidding...

1981 Ryne Sandberg Rookie Season Spring Training Jersey

Baseball Collectibles:Uniforms, 

1981 Ryne Sandberg Rookie Spring Training Game Worn
Philadelphia Phillies Jersey....
'81 Ryne Sandberg Phillies Jersey (

Lot# 81413
Pre-Auction Estimate: $6,000-8,000
Current bid: $1,600

Description (from HA):  "...upon an embroidered swatch at interior collar as well.  Tail holds Wilson [size] 42 label with "81 1" embroidered year swatch, establishing this most appealing of vintages.  Zipper front remains operational, and the jersey exhibits the light wear you'd expect for limited spring training use.  Autographed on verso in 10/10 black sharpie"

Comments:  Sandberg's return to the Phillies family has made looking back at his time as a player a little less bitter.  This jersey is really a rare find.  Throughout the '70s and '80s the Phillies regularly reused jersey's by replacing nameplates as necessary throughout their minor league system.  Finding an intact issue for Sandberg with #24 is nearly impossible.  JSA cert included for the autograph.

1979 Game Ball from famed 23-22 win in Chicago

Baseball Collectibles:Balls, 

1979 Philadelphia Phillies Beat Chicago Cubs 23-22 Game Used
Game Used Ball from 1979 Phillies Classic

Lot# 80978
Pre-Auction Estimate: $2,000-4,000
Current bid: $650

Description (from HA): "...It was saved by Phillies General Manager Paul Owens, who penned the details artfully on the sweet spot of the ONL (Feeney) orb.  Thursday May 17, 1979, Phillies at Chicago, Phils 23 Cubs 22.  Letter of provenance from Owens' son is included."

Comments: 1979 was a huge disappointment for both the Phillies and their fans.  This mid-week classic is one of the all-time greatest games in team history.  A cool piece for any Phillies collection, and having a link to Paul Owens is clearly adding value to this ball - but, I would be surprised to see it reach the pre-auction estimate.  Stay tuned...

2008 Team Signed World Series Ball


2008 Philadelphia Phillies Team Signed Baseball. ...
Team Signed '08 World Series Ball

Lot# 82381
Pre-Auction Estimate: $600-800
Current bid: $150

Description (from HA):  "Twenty two signatures on an Official World Series ball from the Champs...Mounted Memories sticker.  MLB Authentic sticker. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.  Auction LOA from JSA."

Comments: There are clearly positives and negatives to this lot.  On the plus side, it does include most key signatures: Utley, Werth, Hamels, Victorino, Rollins, Lidge and Ruiz.  I wasn't able to spot the Howard signature that is touted in the site's description, and though he is clearly a legend, having Harry Kalas' autograph takes away a little from the team ball (in my opinion).  Still - $600-800 seems reasonable when compared to "buy now" prices on dealer sites.

Bidding times/dates: Heritage Auctions - May Live Auction