Curt Schilling's Bloody Sock From Game Two Of The
2004 World Series Expected To Bring $100,000+
Bloody Sock" worn by pitcher Curt Schilling in his profoundly
gutsy performance in Game Two of the 2004 World Series, consigned
by Schilling himself, will be sold as part of Heritage Auctions'
Feb. 23 Platinum
Night Sports event at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian
Institute of America), in New York, at 2 E. 79th Street
(at 5th Ave.). It carries a pre-auction estimate of
"This historic Red Sox relic serves as the physical incarnation
of the exorcism of 'The Curse of the Bambino just as the 'The
Buckner Ball' is the curse's embodiment," said Chris Ivy, Director
of Vintage Sports Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. "Since we sold
'The Buckner Ball' in April of 2012 for almost $420,000, we thought
this was a great opportunity to balance the scales and give
collectors a chance to decide which moment is worth more."
Curt Schilling's world famous Bloody Sock is arguably the most
hallowed artifact in Boston Red Sox lore and has been on display in
the Baseball Hall of Fame since 2004. It is the perfect
distillation of the amazing effort of the 2004 Red Sox. Reminiscent
of Roy Hobbs' climactic scene from The Natural, a wounded
Curt Schilling ignored the advice of the physician who had pieced
back together the ragged tendons of his right ankle and took to the
mound, first in a crucial Game Six to stave off American League
Championship Series elimination against the hated New York Yankees
and then again in Game Two of the World Series to claim the second
victory in a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.
In each television broadcast, the cameras repeatedly locked onto
the growing red stain at Schilling's sutured push-off ankle as the
star battled to victory over two elite batting line-ups and his own
remarkable threshold for pain. By the time the Sox had completed
their extraordinary eight-game run to turn the tide from a
three-game ALCS deficit to a World Series sweep, "The Bloody Sock"
was firmly implanted in American sports history as the main prop of
an unbelievable script.
"Boston could win every World Series for the next hundred years,
but 2004 will still be the one that everybody remembers," said Ivy.
"So I think we're only just beginning to understand how important
this piece is to the legacy of the Red Sox."
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World Class Signed Baseballs To Take Center Stage
At Our February Platinum Night Auction
As the years go by in the sports memorabilia hobby, one thing seems
to remain the same — high-grade signed baseballs representing
legendary players are always near the top of most collectors' want
lists, and they continue to appreciate in value. Sure to turn the
heads of most discerning hobbyists in search of the "best of the
best," our February
23 Platinum Night Auction
will present an impressive selection
of some of the rarest and most sought-after spherical treasures
ever to hit the auction block. Of course, no highly-anticipated
auction would be complete without an offering of one of the nicest
Ruth singles ever presented
, and this auction will be no
different, but we are also excited to present numerous signed
baseballs from additional Hall of Famers, as well as one-of-a-kind
exemplars from rarely-seen notables from the diamond.
Below are a handful of highlighted
signed baseballs that will be included in the Platinum Night
Auction, with bidding to go live in early February.
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Sunday Internet Auction Highlights
HA.com/Sports is the place to
be every Sunday night for collectors of fine sports memorabilia and
Over 100 lots will close to initial bidding at 10 PM CT. On a
lot-by-lot basis, starting at 10:00 PM CT, any person who has bid
on the lot previously may continue to bid on that lot until there
are no more bids for 30 minutes. For example, if you bid on a lot
during Normal Bidding, you could participate during Extended
Bidding for that lot, but not on lots you did not bid on
previously. If a bid was placed at 10:15, the new end time for that
lot would become 10:45. If no other bids were placed before 10:45,
the lot would close. If you are the high bidder on a lot, changing
your bid will not extend the bidding during the 30 Minute Ending
phase (only a bid from another bidder will extend bidding).
No other major sports memorabilia auction house provides its
clientele this much bidding excitement. It's just another reason
why Heritage is the World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer.
Call or email today to discuss consigning your fine sport
collectibles and trading cards to an upcoming Heritage auction.
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Website Tips: How to Bid
1. Log onto www.HA.com/Sports.
2. Search or browse for the lot that you're interested in. You
can do this from the www.HA.com/Sports home page, from the
Auctions home page, or from the home page for the particular
auction you wish to participate in.
3. Click on the link or the photo icon for the lot that you want
to bid on.
4. On the left, you'll see a small image of the lot in question.
Right below the header is the bid box, which we'll cover in a bit.
You will also see the name of the auction, the number of bidders,
the time remaining, a note about sales tax, and buttons that will
allow you to share the lot, track the lot, or, if the item is in a
live auction, choose to receive a text before item comes up for
live auction. The time remaining to bid is dynamic; go to any item
page and you'll see it counting down to zero.
5. In several places on this page, you'll see the icon. Click on the icon and you will receive an
explanation of the Buyer's Premium, the number of bidders, or the
6. If you wish to place a bid, just enter the dollar amount you
wish to bid under Secret Maximum Bid. This header will show you the
minimum you must bid; as always, you may bid any amount above the
minimum. The reserve status, along with any reserve that has been
implemented, will also show here.
7. Once you have placed your bid, click on the "Place Bid"
button to continue.
8. If you have not logged in, you will be taken to the login
page; you must enter a username and password (or log in via your
PayPal account) to continue. Once complete, or if you have already
9. You will be taken to a page entitled "Please Confirm Your
Bid". This page will show you the name of the item you're bidding
on, the current bid, and the maximum bid. When you are satisfied
with your bid, click on the button marked "Confirm Bid". If you
decide you do not wish to place this bid, click on the button
entitled "Cancel Bid ". You must confirm your bid here for us to
10. Some people will see a slightly different page here. If your
bid notifications are turned off, you will see a page that looks
more like this:
This page will allow you to turn on bid notifications, by
clicking the button that says "E-mail me if I'm outbid", or to
leave notifications off, by clicking the "Do not notify me if I'm
outbid" button. Either of these buttons will confirm your bid.
11. Once you have confirmed your bid, you will be taken to
either of two pages. If your bid is the current high bid, you will
be notified, and given some information on what might happen with
your bid over the remainder of the auction. If you have chosen to
receive e-mail bid notifications, you will also receive a Bid
Confirmation notice via e-mail.
If your bid is not the current high bid, you will be taken to a
page that will notify you of that fact. You always have the option
to rebid, and this page contains another "Place Bid" box that will
allow you to do just that.
We want your bidding experience to be pleasurable and rewarding.
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