Sunday, November 14, 2010

Father & Son From Santa Barbara Make Winning Bids For Gibson Collection

I posted the winning bids this morning. {linked here} But who actually won? SCP Auctions just sent me this note:

Press Release from SCP Auctions - 

A father and son sports collectors’ team from Santa Barbara, Calif., won the bidding for the iconic Kirk Gibson items in SCP Auctions' October/November auction which closed early Sunday morning.

Chad and Doug Dreier of the Dreier Group paid $1.19 million for the five items, which included Gibson’s home run bat from Game 1 of the 1988 World Series ($575,912.40) and his game-worn jersey ($303,277.20), his batting helmet ($153,388.80), NL Most Valuable Player Award ($110,293.20) and World Series trophy ($45,578.40).

"We are thrilled to keep this amazing collection of baseball history in Southern California,” Chad Dreier said.

The final bid for the bat marks the second highest amount paid for a game-used bat, behind only Babe Ruth's signed bat used to slam the first home run in Yankee Stadium that SCP sold in 2004 for $1.265 million.  In addition, this marks the greatest amount paid for a game-worn helmet and player World Series trophy.

“SCP Auctions is very proud to have been a part of one of the most historic auctions in the history of sports memorabilia,” said SCP President David Kohler.

Proceeds from the sale of the World Series trophy and MVP award will benefit the Kirk Gibson Foundation to continue his support of Michigan State University athletic programs and to help fund his partial scholarship programs at Clarkston (Mich.) High School and Waterford (Mich.) High School, in honor of his parents, who were educators at those schools.

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Wow! This family bids for all those five items. The jersey, the bat, the helmet, the MVP plaque and the World Series trophy! Congratulations to the Dreier family and I hope you can showcase this collection for Baseball fans to see!

Thanks to SCP Auctions for the update.

Pix: AP