The personal collection of longtime Dodgers broadcaster and Hall of Famer Vin Scully, originally slated to be the highlight of Hunt Auctions 16th annual MLB All Star Game auction this summer, will instead be folded into its September 23 Live Internet Auction, the Exton, Pa.-based firm said today.
Consisting of materials related to the New York native’s unprecedented 67-year run as Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodger radio and TV voice, the Scully Collection will be available for viewing at the Hunt Auctions site beginning on Friday for pre-bids. It will include items spanning his entire career from the 1950s through the 2016 season with various pricing ranges to afford fans at every level to have an opportunity to participate. Hunt Auctions notes that a portion of the Scully Collection proceeds will benefit Neuromuscular Research at UCLA.
“For 67 years, I have been blessed to have fulfilled a childhood dream of broadcasting baseball,” said Scully, 92, a 1949 Fordham graduate, in a statement. “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. This auction contains pieces of my life and dreams as well as baseball memories. Here’s hoping they will be enjoyed by many.”
“Vin Scully is one of the most iconic figures in baseball history,” said David Hunt, President, Hunt Auctions. “Vin’s ability to make you feel as part of the game itself, part of a family, and with an uncommon humility was his unique genius. The honor to associate with Vin Scully for this very special offering is without question one of the most significant in our 30-year company history.”
The Green Diamond Gallery Collection, curated by Bob Crotty of Dayton, Ohio, and the Barry Larkin Collection celebrating the Hall of Fame shortstop are also featured in the Sept. 23 auction.