Hack Wilson, Aaron Judge jerseys headline Goldin Auctions’ current offerings

Goldin Auctions’ Summer Premium Live and Catalog Auction is fielding an extensive roster of items, showcasing game-worn and used gear of MLB home run heroes of the past and the present, Hack Wilson and Aaron Judge, respectively.

The auction is open for online bidding now. The Live Auction (lots 1 through 90) will end July 27, with bidding on lots 91 through 1,833 closing Aug. 5.

With the year Aaron Judge is having there’s no question of the popularity surrounding this Yankee powerhouse. Not one, but five items of Judge’s game-worn gear is up for bid in Goldin Auctions’ summer sale. Headlining this selection of lots are two jerseys donned by the 6’7” right fielder during the openers of the 2017 season. Lot 549 is the road jersey Judge wore when he rapped his first RBI of the season in the Yankees season opener against the Rays in Tampa Bay, April 2. Lot 550 features the jersey worn by Judge during the New York Yankees home opener, where he sent a pitch by Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb screaming over the outfield fence for his first homerun of the season.

Additional Judge gear in this auction includes three items he used in 2014 while honing his skills in the Yankees farm system: a Chandler AJ44 model bat, a pair of signed and inscribed Armour cleats, and a pair of Armour batting gloves, also signed and inscribed.

Joining Judge’s gear as offerings in this summer sale is an incredibly scarce MLB jersey and pants uniform combination, worn by Lewis Robert “Hack” Wilson more than 80 years ago. It was 1930 and the Chicago Cubs were coming off their NL Pennant win of 1929, and Wilson carried that momentum forward with a season performance the stuff of legend is made of. During the 1930 season, Wilson posted 191 RBIs (current record), .356 average, 56 home runs, a .454 on-base percentage and a .723 batting percentage. His efforts led the Baseball Writers of America to vote Wilson “Most Useful Player” in the NL that year — an honor today known as the MVP award.

Wilson’s flannel pants features a clip on the waist with three buttons, and embroidered in black along the buttons is “Wilson 3 30”. The same embroidered “Wilson 3 30” shows up on the bottom outside back tail of the jersey. A letter of authenticity from Mears accompanies the jersey. The firm graded it an A9.

Big league bats are also on offer. Among the lots already generating battles between online bidders:

• New York Giants All-Star icon Mel Ott’s Hillerich and Bradsby 125 Model bat, used during the 1934-35 season. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA with a grade of GU 9.

• Another Hillerich & Bradsby model bat used by Ted Williams between 1951 and 1955 is set to cross the auction block. The bat comes with a letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA with a grade of GU 8.5, as well as a confirmation of authenticity from PSA/DNA for Williams’ signature, which appears on the barrel.

• Johnny Bench’s game used and signed Hillerich & Bradsby B278C model bat from the Bicentennial All-Star game in 1976. The signed bat has a letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA with a perfect GU 10 grade. Plus, the signature has been authenticated by JSA.

Additional features of the sale include items from the Lee Smith Collection, such as a trophy, plaque, 1987 MLB All-Star Game ring, 1991 All-Star Game clock, the National League Pitcher of the Month Award; game-worn gear of New York Giants great Michael Strahan, including several worn and signed jerseys, and used and signed cleats.

For more information about bidding in this auction or consigning items for future auctions, visit www.goldinauctions.com, email info@goldinauctions.com, or call 856-767-8550.

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