UPDATED SUNDAY at 4 p.m. PDT:
The bat that Kirk Gibson used to hit his home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series sold for $575,912.40 in an auction that ended this morning.
SCP Auctions, based in Orange County, also reports that the white Dodgers home jersey that Gibson wore went for $303,277.20. Add in his batting helmet ($153,388.80) and a World Series road uniform ($9,664.80), and that’s $1,042,243.30 — all going to Gibson’s bank account.
The auction also listed Gibson’s 1988 NL MVP Award ($110,293.20) and his replica ’88 World Series trophy ($45,578.40). That $150,000-plus will go to the Kirk Gibson Foundation to fund high school scholarships at the two schools in Michigan where his parents were teachers.
All five items were purchased by Chad and Doug Dreier of Santa Barbara, a father-and-son sports collectors’ team from a company they call the Dreier Group.
“We are thrilled to keep this amazing collection of baseball history in Southern California,” said Chad Dreier in a statement through SCP Auctions, without giving any details about how the items may someday be displayed.
By comparison, the $575,000 raised for the Gibson bat far surpassed, in the same auction, the $137,000 paid for the bat that Babe Ruth used to hit his 702nd career homer. And that bat used on July 22, 1934 was also signed by 15 members of the ’34 Yankees, including Ruth.
Meanwhile, in another bidding at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Kentucky, Hunt Auctions reports that ball Ruth hit for his 702nd career homer sold for $264,500.
In the same auction, the group of 50-odd bats on sale by former Dodgers batboy Stephen Kolodny of Woodland Hills sold for just about what they projected out to be: $42,176.25. There are two days left on the Canadian-based Classic Auctions bidding that includes equipment owned by former Kings All-Star goalie Rogie Vachon.
== A preview of the auction from last week’s column (linked here).
== Columnist Dennis McCarthy’s story today on Kolodny (linked here).