The St. Louis Cardinals, in conjunction with Lelands.com and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), collaborated on an historic online auction containing the remnants of Busch Stadium. The auction closed in the late hours of Nov. 23 with $889,348 in sales generated from more than 380 lots of unique Cardinals and Busch Stadium memorabilia.
Here’s a look at some of the rare artifacts that were won by Cardinals fans and memorabilia collectors. A complete list of items is available at www.Lelands.com.
- Dedication Plaque from outside Busch Stadium – $21,043
- MVP Albert Pujols’ locker, with signed nameplate and chair – $20,503
- Busch Stadium home plate from final game (to be used in opening series in new stadium) – $16,762
- 2004 Visiting bullpen pitching rubber and plate – $14,372
- Albert Pujols final Busch Stadium game autographed jersey – $13,066
- Red Roost Bar – $13,066
- Jim Edmonds’ locker, with signed nameplate and chair – $12,731
- Three bases from 2004 World Series Game No. 3 – $10,252
- Stan Musial/Red Schoendienst framed photo from Cardinals’ Club – $9,989
- Dizzy Dean pennant from upper deck – $9,906
- Angry Cardinal logo signed by 2005 team – $8,472
- Mascot Fredbird’s Car – $8,317
- 2004 NL Pennant – $7,702
- 2005 Home Opening lineup card (autographed) – $7,443
- Tony LaRussa’s office (desk, credenza, chair) – $7,002
- Big Mac Land sign from upper deck — $6766
- Yankees vs. Cardinals autographed print from final Yankees visit – $4,236
- Player’s urinal from clubhouse – $2,174
- Cardinals bullpen phone – $2,174
“This auction proved that when it comes to baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals are America’s team,” said Mike Heffner, president of Lelands.com. “Fans from all across America took advantage of this unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to forever own a piece of this historic venue and franchise. The results far exceeded all of our expectations.”
A total of 3,227 games were played over the 40-year history of Busch Stadium, including six World Series and eight National League Championship Series. The stadium was also home to the NFL Cardinals before the team moved to Arizona and has played host to a number of entertainment acts, including The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and others.
Since mid-summer, Cardinals Care and the United Way of Greater St. Louis raised more than $66,000 through a raffle giving one lucky winner the chance to trigger the first wrecking ball that would begin dismantling the stadium. In addition, luxury suite furniture from the stadium was removed and donated by the Cardinals to Habitat for Humanity.
Crews have also removed the scoreboard and the statues of Stan Musial, Jack Buck, Gussie Busch and Cardinals Hall of Famers from the old stadium and moved them to the new ballpark, where they’ll continue to have a home. Furthermore, the Cardinals – eager to preserve a part of Busch Stadium’s 40-year legacy – will donate a number of special stadium items to the Missouri History Museum and the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum, while other memorabilia will be saved for display in the new Ballpark Village.