For Sale: Curt Schilling’s Bloody Sock
The most famous item of clothing in Red Sox history is up for auction.
Curt Schilling’s Bloody Sock by Devin Ford, on Flickr
Absurdly wealthy Red Sox fans take note: the bloody sock Curt Schilling wore during Game 2 of the 2004 World Series is for sale. This week, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is peddling Americaâ€™s only well-known-but-not-infamous DNA-stained item of clothing. Live bidding isnâ€™t happening until Saturday in New York, but the sock is already up to $60,000 in the online auction.
On Wednesday, we caught up with Jonathan Scheier, Heritageâ€™s lead cataloger. Heâ€™s a lifelong Yankees fan, but didnâ€™t mind taking a few minutes to talk about Schillingâ€™s bloody sock.
Is this one of the more unique items that you guys have had come through there?
Oh yeah, but itâ€™s certainly not the only one. Recently we sold the Bill Buckner ball, which is sort of the other side of the coin when it came to the Curse of the Bambino and certainly the main symbol of its existence. And this is the main symbol of its end. We love the piece, and we understood that we would get a lot of press as a result.
Reports say that itâ€™s going to sell for $100,000. What would you guess it might go for?
Itâ€™s such a wild card. Itâ€™s sitting now at $60,000. Our estimate is $100,000-plus. So really nothing would surprise me. Obviously thereâ€™s no way you can really look at any other piece. If we have a Babe Ruth signed baseball, for example, we can look at records of hundreds of sales, find one thatâ€™s similar in condition and calculate pretty closely what we can expect. For one-of-a-kind pieces like this, it could not move much more. It could sell for half a million if two super wealthy Red Sox fans fall in love with it. You never know.
How do you authenticate something like that?
This is about as solid as it comes because it was given to the Hall of Fame right after the game. It was on display until it was consigned to Heritage. That chain of command has been closely followed. He threw away the first one from the Yankees game, which I remember well because Iâ€™m a Yankees fan. It was a painful time for me personally, when [the Red Sox] came back from three down to win four straight. Then [Schilling] realized that this was a big story so he was smart enough to hold on to the second one and, so yeah, as far I understand, immediately after the game it was on its way to the Hall of Fame, where itâ€™s been until we got it back.
Do you have a favorite item thatâ€™s come through there?
My personal affection is for Yankees stuff. The 1927 Yankees ball in this auction is really incredible. You never see any ball from that era signed in that manner. For it to be from the best team of all time, thatâ€™s pretty incredible. I like the unique and fun stuff, too. We had the cap that [Jose] Canseco was wearing when the ball bounced off his head for a home run. That was kind of fun to write [about]. Obviously, nowhere near the most significant piece that weâ€™ve handled here.
Have you had any other Red Sox items? You mentioned the Buckner Ball. How much did that go for?
Quite a bit: $418,000. That was a biggie. Looking at our top results: a â€™27 [Lou] Gehrig jersey, we sold Babe Ruthâ€™s â€™33 All-Star game jersey, Cy Youngâ€™s 1908 jersey, which to Red Sox fans, thatâ€™s of interest. Weâ€™ve got another Red Sox piece in this auction: The page that was signed by the 1915 Red Sox directing Major League Baseball to issue their portion of the bonus for being in the World Series to their manager, and that was signed by Babe Ruth. And it was actually signed on the day of his first appearance in the World Series. â€¦
And Iâ€™m sure youâ€™re aware that the anchor collection of [Saturdayâ€™s] auction is the Mike Eruzione Miracle on Ice collection. [Eruzione, one of the heroes of the 1980 Olympic hockey team, was a star at Boston University. One of the items for sale is his USA jersey.] Heâ€™s going to be on the Today Show Friday, too. [The jersey has] already gotten a ton of interest. The amount of inquiries weâ€™ve gotten about it, the amount of pageviews weâ€™ve gotten is off the charts. Itâ€™s something obviously that is of great interest to people who werenâ€™t even particularly sports fans or sports collectors. They remember that. Itâ€™s an iconic moment in American history and Cold War history. Weâ€™re not surprised that thatâ€™s sort of ranking up thereâ€”itâ€™s probably the most attention weâ€™ve gotten for a piece or a collection in our history for sports.
Have you guys ever had any Bruins or Patriots or Celtics memorabilia?
We have Wayne Cashmanâ€™s 1970 Bruins ring in this auction. We had Bobby Orrâ€™s rookie jersey, which was truly awesome. That sold for $191,000, which at the time was the highest price ever thrown in for a hockey jersey. Weâ€™re gonna beat that with Eruzione.
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