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Press Release - July 20, 2005
Heritage Sports Collectibles to Offer the Casey Stengel Collection
DALLAS, TEXAS: Heritage Sports Collectibles (HSC) will offer an incredible array of collectibles once owned by legendary Baseball Hall of Famer Casey Stengel in their upcoming October 29, 2005 Signature Auction.
"There is no question that this represents the most sizable and significant offering of Stengel memorabilia to ever reach the auction block," noted Chris Ivy, Director of HSC. "And with the vast assortment of unique pieces, there will surely be something for every collecting taste, particularly those interested in New York City baseball."
The collection was willed to the woman who tended to Stengel's personal affairs in the final years of his life, a lady to whom Stengel jokingly referred as his "foreign secretary." The only man to wear the uniform of all four New York City Major League teams, Stengel managed to save noteworthy artifacts from the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, New York Yankees and New York Mets, with personal and professional mementos spanning a full six decades.
Noteworthy in the collection are such pieces as a never-before-seen oversized poster advertising the newsreel of the 1913 World Series, a long handwritten letter of praise from fellow baseball legend Ty Cobb, various uniform pieces from Stengel's years managing the Yankees and Mets, dozens of team signed baseballs, personal correspondence, hundreds of personal and wire photographs, awards and other presentational pieces, and material relating to Stengel's Hall of Fame induction.
Though an unhappy day for Stengel and the rest of Yankee nation, Casey did hang onto his handwritten and signed line-up card for Game Seven of the 1960 World Series, known as the greatest World Series game of all time due to Bill Mazeroski's dramatic game-ending and Series-winning ninth inning home run. This is one of several Stengel line-up cards in the auction.
"Probably the most unique piece," said Ivy, "is Stengel's game worn home uniform pants from the 1962 Mets, the inaugural season for the team. Casey's caretaker told us that she personally delivered the matching jersey to the funeral home where Stengel lay in state, and that the jersey was buried with him. A Yankees jersey was buried with him as well, and we have the matching pants for that too."
HSC specializes in rare and collectible sports cards, as well as uniforms, equipment, and related vintage sports memorabilia. Consignments for future Signature Sports Auction are currently being accepted. Prospective consignors or sellers of quality vintage sports cards and sports memorabilia are encouraged to contact:
Chris Ivy at 800-872-6467 Ext. 319 or email: CIvy@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com
Stephen Carlisle at 800-872-6467 Ext. 292 or email: StephenC@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com
Jonathan Scheier at 800-872-6467 Ext. 314 or email JonathanS@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com
Sam Foose at 800-872-6467 Ext. 227 or email: SamF@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com
To order the next Heritage Sports Collectibles Signature catalog, contact Nicole Jewell, or write c/o Heritage Sports Collectibles, 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219.