An auction of legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully’s personal collection brought in more than $2 million, it was announced Thursday, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit neuromuscular research at UCLA.
Thousands of bidding participants registered from all over the country to participate in the auction, according to Hunt Auctions, which held the event entirely online due to coronavirus-related constraints.
More than 600 lots of vintage and modern baseball memorabilia were sold, including Scully’s 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers World Championship ring and 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship ring, which each fetched $188,000, and a Brooklyn Dodgers Presentational Ring, circa 1950s, which went for $184,475.
Scully’s 1963 and 1981 Dodgers World Championship rings sold for $76,375 and $83,425, respectively, and a 1981 Dodgers World Series presentational trophy brought in $70,500.
“For 67 years, I have been blessed to have fulfilled a childhood dream of broadcasting baseball,” Scully said. “My journey began in Brooklyn with the likes of Duke Snider and Jackie Robinson and finished with Kirk Gibson and Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles. The sport has given a redheaded kid playing stickball in the streets of New York even more than he had nerve to pray for and allows my wife, Sandi, and me to contribute some assistance to neuromuscular research at UCLA, to which my family is proud to support.”
David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions, described the auction results as “stunning.”
“There was never a question as to the importance of Vin Scully to his legions of fans, but the participation and final results emphatically reinforced that point with record setting participation and pricing,” Hunt said.
Other auction highlights included $64,625 for a 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Presentational trophy; $105,750 for a “Dodgers Centennial” limited edition serigraph by LeRoy Neiman; Scully’s 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers scorebook from his final MLB season that sold for $82,250; a baseball that President Ronald Reagan signed for Scully that went for $11,750; and a Babe Ruth autograph that Scully obtained in person from Ruth, which sold for $18,800.
“This auction contains pieces of my life and dreams as well as baseball memories. Here’s hoping they will be enjoyed by many,” Scully said.