Joe DiMaggio’s personal diary page up for bid in Pristine’s Elite Auction

Joe DiMaggio lived much of his life in the public eye. One doesn’t earn god-like status as a member of the New York Yankees and induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame without being noticed. Nor is one able to marry Marilyn Monroe without drawing attention.

The spotlight always shined brightly upon Joltin’ Joe. As far as DiMaggio was concerned, such attention was deserving of his accomplishments on the field. Off the field … not so much.

DiMaggio was intensely private. If anyone violated — or even seemed to violate — his “fortress of solitude” then he shut them out.

As far as the world knew, Joe D. kept his private thoughts private. As far as the world knew ….

In reality, DiMaggio carefully recorded his thoughts and daily activities — no matter how routine or mundane. Perhaps he was saving them for posterity’s sake. Maybe he envisioned them becoming part of a memoir. Or maybe the only person he trusted with the thoughts that flooded his mind was Joe DiMaggio … and the only way to clear his mind was to record his thoughts on whatever sheet of paper happened to be nearby.

This month, Pristine’s Elite Auction includes a fascinating glimpse into the mind and daily life of the Yankee Clipper via a single, handwritten page from his “diary.”

Dated Sunday October 4, 1992, this diary page has been hand-written in blue and black ink pen by Joe on letterhead from The Washington Hilton and Towers. DiMaggio begins: “Up at 6 a.m. a good decent rest. Locked myself in the connecting doors and after an hour was able to get it open. The only door fed into the hallway. I called security and they sent the engineer up — but we didn’t need him as I got it open finally as I had to put weight against the door and that got the knob to turn. Engineer coming up later to put oil onto the works. Gave my tuxedo to Solomone and he will send it to me in Florida … He was pleased with the way things went last night and … he did an excellent job of handling such a turn out.”

DiMaggio goes on to explain his planned trip back to New York including what time he expected to be at the airport and board his plane, as well as mentioning a “limo tip + Bell Boy $10.00” and the fact he watched some Sunday football action — “saw the Giants and Raiders play the second half” — before detailing the cost of dinner — $69 — including $28 for transportation, $32 for food, and a $9 tip.

The diary page includes an official Steiner hologram and matching COA for authenticity purposes.

DiMaggio played his entire 13-year career for the Yankees. As a player, he is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands. DiMaggio was a three-time MVP winner and an All-Star in each of his 13 seasons. During his tenure with the Bronx Bombers, the club won ten American League pennants and nine World Series championships. At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth in career home runs (361) and sixth in career slugging percentage with.579. He was inducted into theBaseball Hall of Fame in 1955, and was voted the sport’s greatest living player in a poll taken during the baseball centennial year of 1969.

This special one-of-a-kind treasure is one of more than 600 available for bid in this month’s Elite Auction. Bidding remains open until Sunday, February 26.

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“Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson signed 2016 All-Star locker room chair up for bid at Pristine

If you’re on this website, then we can agree that collecting autographed photos and similar items is AWESOME!

Yet every collector craves that one “special” item. That one thing that makes his or her collection stand out and makes others say, “Whoa! Where did you get THAT?”

main_1485558439-Stephen-Curry-Clay-Thompson-Signed-2016-All-Star-Game-Used-Locker-Room-Chair-Inscribed-16-3-Pt-Champ-Fanatics-Hologram-PristineAuction.comThis month, Pristine Auction has such an item in our Elite Auction: a 2016 “game used” locker room chair signed by Golden State Warriors “Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. It was none other than Curry himself who placed his posterior on this chair and later signed the padded back in silver ink. His team mate has signed in a similar fashion and added “’16 3 Pt Champ” to his name. (The boys were both favored to win the game’s Three-Point Conference, with Thompson eventually scoring 49 points to Curry’s 44.) They and their Western Conference counterparts won 196–173 over the Eastern Conference rivals.

Curry is considered by some to be the greatest shooter in NBA history, having won the 2015 and 2016 NBA MVP awards as well as making three NBA All-Star. He also holds the NBA record for most consecutive games with a three-pointer (129). He and Thompson set a then-NBA record with 484 combined three-pointers in a season, as the pair were given the nickname the “Splash Brothers”. Thompson is a three-time NBA All-Star and a two-time All-NBA Third Team honoree. In 2015, they helped lead the Warriors to their first NBA championship since

The autographs includes an official Fanatics hologram for authenticity purposes. The chair is a limited edition (#2/50) and is one of more than 600 exquisite pieces up for bid in our Elite Auction through Sunday, February 26.

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From one of the greatest fights of all time — a Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier signed Madison Square Garden fight poster

Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier were involved in some of boxing’s most historic matches, including one contest considered the greatest in boxing history — 1971’s “Fight of the Century” — the first time that two undefeated boxers fought each other for the heavyweight

In 1971, both Ali and Frazier had legitimate claims to the title of World Heavyweight Champion. An undefeated Ali had won the title from Sonny Liston in 1964, and successfully defended his belt until he had it stripped by boxing authorities for refusing induction into the US Army in 1967. In Ali’s absence, the undefeated Frazier garnered two championship belts through knockouts of Buster Mathis and Jimmy Ellis. He was recognized by boxing authorities as the World Champion.

On March 8, 1971, at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Frazier and Ali met in what would be the first of their three bouts. This first meeting, however, was quite unlike anything anyone had witnessed. Dubbed the “Fight of the Century” in pre-bout publicity and by the press, the carnival-like atmosphere surrounding the fight almost surpassed the fight itself.

International television audience anxiously awaited the bout. Meanwhile, those gathered ringside amounted to a virtual “Who’s Who” of the entertainment world including Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra (serving as a photographer for Life magazine to get a ringside seat), comedian Woody Allen, singer Diana Ross, and actors Dustin Hoffman and Burt Lancaster.

You might almost had forgotten there was a fight to fought.

Of course, the 29-year-old Ali and 27-year-old Frazier knew otherwise. It’s interesting to look back at the fight today. Frazier was at his boxing peak physically and mentally, while Ali was coming back from a three-year absence but had kept active.

In a brutal and competitive contest, Frazier lost the first two rounds but withstood Ali’s combinations. Frazier was known to improve in middle rounds, but this also was the case with Ali. Frazier came on strong after round three, landing hard shots to the body and powerful left hooks to the head. Early in round 15, Frazier landed a left hook that floored Ali. Ali, his jaw grotesquely swollen, managed to stay on his feet for the rest of the round despite several terrific blows from Frazier.

A few minutes later the judges made it official: Frazier won the 15-round by a unanimous decision (9–6, 11–4, and 9–6). Ali, having suffered his first professional loss, was taken to hospital immediately after the fight to check that his severely swollen right side jaw (which was apparent in post-fight interviews). Legend has it that Ali’s jaw was broken, though that wasn’t actually the case. Frazier also spent time in hospital during the ensuing month, the exertions of the fight having been exacerbated by hypertension and a kidney infection.

main_1485457789-Earnie-Shavers-Signed-14x22-Madison-Square-Garden-Fight-Poster-JSA-ALOA-PristineAuction.comMore than 45 years year later, the fight remains one of the greatest of all boxing contests and one of the greatest sporting events of all time. Pristine’s Elite Auction remembers that match-up via a 14” x 22” fight poster that has been hand-signed in black felt-tip pen by Muhammad Ali (D.2016) and Joe Frazier (D. 2011). The autograph includes a James Spence Authentication (JSA) Auction House LOA for authenticity purposes.

The fight poster is one of more than 600 exquisite pieces up for bid in our Elite Auction through Sunday, February 26.

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Pristine presents Junior Seau’s 1994 Mackey Award in February’s Elite Auction

main_1485550791-Vintage-1994-Junior-Seau-NFLPA-Mackey-Award-Trophy-for-AFC-Linebaker-of-the-Year-PristineAuction.comthumb_1485550793-Vintage-1994-Junior-Seau-NFLPA-Mackey-Award-Trophy-for-AFC-Linebaker-of-the-Year-PristineAuction.comthumb_1485550794-Vintage-1994-Junior-Seau-NFLPA-Mackey-Award-Trophy-for-AFC-Linebaker-of-the-Year-PristineAuction.comHall of Famer Junior Seau definitely was a force to be reckoned with on the field. Widely regarded as one of the NFL’s all-time greatest linebackers, he played 20 seasons in the NFL — 13 of them with the San Diego Chargers. Known for his passionate play, he was a 10-time All-Pro, 12-time Pro Bowl selection, and was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.

Among his many accolades was as recipient of the 1994 Mackey Award AFC Linebacker of the Year trophy, presented by the National Football League Players Association. That year, Seau started all 16 regular season games for the Chargers and tallied 124 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and three fumble recoveries. In case you’ve forgotten, the 1994 season also was the Chargers’ Super Bowl year, clinching the AFC title and squaring off against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX.

Pristine Auction is proud to include Seau’s Mackey Award as part of our February Elite Auction. The detail of this attractive award is astonishing. It features a brushed silver statuette of a 9-1/2” tall generic player in a “futuristic” styling, resting upon a 4-1/2” diameter silver base. Those components then rest upon a circular wood base 4” high and 7” in diameter. A 7-1/2” x 4” silver plaque across the front reads: “JUNIOR SEAU, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS, AFC Linebacker of the Year, 1994 MACKEY AWARD, National Football League Players Association” with the Players Association logo on one side and “BBF” on the other.

The trophy was originally on display at Seau’s Restaurant in San Diego, which closed shortly after his tragic suicide in 2012. He was elected posthumously to Canton in 2015.

This truly is a one-of-a-kind item that Seau counted among his cherished possessions and one that he was willing to share with fans visiting his restaurant. It is deserving of a place of honor in one lucky collector’s personal collection. The Mackey Award is among the more than 600 unique items up for bid in our Elite Auction until Sunday, February 26.

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The stage is set for Super Bowl LI as the Patriots tackle the Falcons in Houston

The clock’s ticketing down to the Big Game (aka Super Bowl Sunday, aka the SUPER BOWL!) Super Bowl LI (that’s Super Bowl 51 for anyone not fluent in Roman numerals or forgot last year’s hype over Super Bowl 50). The event will mark the 50th anniversary year of the first Super Bowl, which was played on January 15, 1967. (Because of course, there was no Super Bowl Zero)

Okay now that we’ve got all the timey-wimey stuff out of the way … it’s the Super Bowl! (Did we mention that?) The AFC champion New England Patriots will take on the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons for gridiron supremacy this Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. It will be the second Super Bowl at NRG Stadium, the other being Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, which also featured the New England Patriots. It’s only the third time the Super Bowl played in Houston, the first being Super Bowl VIII. (Bet you weren’t counting on an NFL history lesson, were you?)

Super Bowl LI marks the Patriots’ ninth appearance in the Big Game — the most Super Bowl appearances of any team. It is also their second appearance in three years and their seventh under the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The Pats had an NFL-best 14–2 record with their only losses coming from the Buffalo Bills in Week 4 and the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10. They scored 441 points (third in the NFL) while allowing the fewest in the league (250).

The Atlanta Falcons (take that Green Bay!), under second-year head coach Dan Quinn, are making their second appearance as a franchise and will have the chance to win their first Super Bowl, having lost in their only previous appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII. Atlanta finished the 2016 season with an 11–5 record, earning them the #2 seed in the NFC playoffs. It was a big reversal of declining fortunes for the team, who had failed to qualify to play in the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. The Falcons lead all NFL teams in scoring with 540 points with nine-year veteran QB Matt Ryan leading the league in passer rating (117.1).

main_1-Signed-LE-Super-Bowl-on-The-50-Full-Size-Authentic-Proline-Helmet-with-Tom-Brady-Joe-Montana-Terry-Bradshaw-Steiner-COA-PristineAuction.comGranted, the match-up between New England and Atlanta is being greeted with mixed reviews. Some fans are bummed that there’s only one “big name” team (hint: they don’t mean the Falcons). Of course, these are some of the same fans who complain that the Super Bowl always features the same teams and never have a true underdog. Others say the excitement isn’t there. Where’s a modern day Joe Namath, proclaiming (as he did in Super Bowl III), “We’re going to win the game. I guarantee it.” Of course, Namath and the New York Jets backed up his boast, which became legendary.

Regardless of the combatants, we’ll all be huddled in front of our big screens in a few days, watching the action, second-guessing strategies, enjoying the overpriced commercials, probably over indulging, and basically just having fun.

It is, after all, an American tradition.

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Muhammad Ali “aka Cassius Clay” signed Steve Kaufman canvas giclee in January’s Elite Auction

Muhammad Ali knew how to catch your attention. Even casual fight fans took note when Ali’s name was mentioned. His resume included Kentucky Golden Gloves and national Golden Gloves titles, Light Heavyweight gold medalist in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome (all as Cassius Clay), and of course heavyweight champion of the world. Ali remains the only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion (he won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978) and posted a 56-5-0 record with 37 technical knockouts. “The Greatest” was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in

A hero of the canvas, Ali has made his way to the canvas — courtesy of American pop artist Steve Kaufman — as one of the featured items in our Elite Auction this month.

Kaufman was a teen-aged assistant to and apprentice of the legendary Andy Warhol. Kaufman ultimately became respected painter, sculptor, and graffiti artist in his own right. He was also an avid boxing fan who, in tribute to “The Greatest,” created a series of limited editions showing a printed image of a young Ali from his days as a 1960 Summer Olympian.

Presented is one of those very pieces. The multi-color canvas giclee measures approximately 38″ x 38” in size and has been hand signed in gold paint pen, “Muhammad Ali aka Cassius Clay.” Furthermore, it has been twice signed in black by the artist on the back, “SAK 6/100,” and signed again “To John, SAK 4/8/2000.”

thumb_1483112721-Muhammad-Ali-Signed-LE-38x38-Original-Print-on-Canvas-Inscribed-AKA-Cassius-Clay-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comKaufman has enhanced his print by adding “ALI” dozens of times in multiple colors, adding to the “pop” content, as well as an American flag motif.

Kaufman died in 2010 and Ali passed away in June 2016. This is a rare chance to obtain a unique piece from one of the 20th century’s greatest pop artists, signed by “The Greatest” of all time! Since his passing last year, the demand for Ali’s signature has increased. This is a noteworthy piece that’s going to appeal to autograph collectors, pugilist fans, Ali fanatics, and those trendy members on the art scene. Bidding on this and all of the items in Pristine’s Elite Auction will continue through Sunday, January

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Pearl Jam custom framed “Vs.” album display with Eddie Vedder handwritten lyrics!

main_1483029874-Eddie-Vedder-Jeff-Ament-Stone-Gossard-Mike-McCready-Dave-Abbruzzese-Signed-Pearl-Jam-28x28-Custom-Framed-Display-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comAfter a relentless touring schedule in support of their 1991 debut album “Ten,” Pearl Jam headed into the studio in early 1993, faced with the challenge of following up the commercial success of its debut. The resulting album, “Vs.,” released later that year sported a much looser and rawer sound compared to the band’s debut album, partly due to new producer Brendan O’Brien. It also introduced fans to new drummer Dave

Although the band scaled back commercial efforts for “Vs.,” the album set the record for most copies of an album sold in its first week … a record it held for five years. “Vs.” occupied the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 chart for five weeks — the longest duration for a Pearl Jam album. The album has been certified seven times platinum by the RIAA in the United States.

Eddie Vedder and company are still considered one of the most influential alternative rockers of 1990s. More than 25 years after they hit the music scene, the grunge band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April in their first year of eligibility.

main_1483029876-Eddie-Vedder-Jeff-Ament-Stone-Gossard-Mike-McCready-Dave-Abbruzzese-Signed-Pearl-Jam-28x28-Custom-Framed-Display-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comThis month, Pristine Auction is happy to offer collectors a remarkable display signed by the future Hall of Famers. The custom framed display measures 28” x 28” in size and features the vinyl edition of the album cover hand-signed in black felt-tip pen by Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, and Dave Abbruzzese. It also features a 3.5″ x 9.5″ cutout of handwritten lyrics from Vedder that reads, “Note for Jerry S. I’ve checked and I am sorry — there is nothing available — I should have checked. ‘I’m not Got that’s for sure.’ ‘Shouldn’t have thought I could help.’ Eddie.” The display also bears the “Vs.” gate fold to complete the ensemble and is accompanied by an official James Spence Authentication (JSA) hologram and matching LOA for authenticity purposes.

This custom made collectible is one of nearly 400 items up for bid in the Elite Auction this month. Bidding remains open at Pristine Auction until Sunday, January 29.

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Pristine brings a pair of desirable DiMaggio and Mantle signed limited bats to auction

Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.There are few bigger names in the baseball world than those belonging to these two New York Yankees.

main_1481133970-Mickey-Mantle-Signed-Custom-Engraved-LE-Gold-HOF-Postcard-Cooperstown-Baseball-Bat-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comFor collectors, their autographs fall into the “must have” category. Thanks to the card show circuit of the 1980s and 1990s, fans who weren’t even born when DiMaggio and his successor, Mantle, roamed Yankee Stadium were able to secure their signatures on photographs and baseballs.

The one item that remained elusive, however, was the signed baseball bat.

Whether it was viewed as an inconvenience to sign them or was simply a bizarre competition between the two men, Mantle and DiMaggio flat out refused to pen their names to bats during their signing heyday.

The exception to that self-imposed rule was when they sat down to sign for a limited edition series of lumber. This month, Pristine Auction is proud to have obtained bats signed by those baseball immortals.

The Mickey Mantle custom engraved, limited edition, gold HOF postcard Cooperstown Baseball Bat Company lumber has been hand-signed in blue felt-tip pen.

Reuniting with the Mick, at least in this auction, is Joltin’ Joe, represented via a separate, Louisville Slugger custom engraved, signature model baseball bat. This example has his unmistakeable signature in blue felt

Both autographs include an official James Spence Authentication (JSA) hologram and matching LOA for authenticity purposes.

Mantle, nicknamed “The Commerce Comet” and “The Mick,” played for the New York Yankees for his entire 18 season career (1951-1968). Mantle is considered by many to be the greatest switch hitter of all time and one of the greatest players in baseball history. He was a 20-time All-Star, seven-time World Series Champion, three-time AL MVP, and finished his career with 536 home runs. He joined the Cooperstown elite in 1974.

main_1481298460-Joe-DiMaggio-Signed-Louisville-Slugger-Baseball-Bat-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comDiMaggio played his entire 13-year career for the New York Yankees. He is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands. DiMaggio was a three-time MVP winner and an All-Star in each of his 13 seasons. During his tenure with the Yankees, the club won ten American League pennants and nine World Series championships. At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth in career home runs (361) and sixth in career slugging percentage (.579). He was inducted into theBaseball Hall of Fame in 1955, and was voted the sport’s greatest living player in a poll taken during the baseball centennial year of 1969.

These bats are just two of the hundreds of unique pieces that are available for bid at Pristine’s Elite Auction through Sunday, January 29. Be sure to bid early and often!

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The Beatles take centerstage in January’s Elite Auction

main_1482107174-John-Lennon-George-Harrison-Ringo-Starr-Signed-The-Beatles-Vintage-Photo-Postcard-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comWhatever your focus may be as an autograph collector, there’s always a core of signatures that are “must haves” should the opportunity present itself. In music, the Beatles top that list. This month’s Elite Auction may just make that acquisition a reality via a possible one-of-a-kind offering.

Whether you call them the Fab Four, the Four Lads from Liverpool, “John, Paul, George and Ringo,” The Beatles forever changed music as we know it.

A true history of the Beatles can take up a book. (In fact it has!) But let’s embark on just a brief tutorial of these for guys who changed the music scene more than once more than 50 years

The group began in 1957 with 16-year-old guitarist John Lennon, 15-year-old bass guitarist Paul McCartney, and 14-year-old lead guitarist George Harrison. They would later add drummer Ringo Starr. What was to follow was unlike anything the music world, or the world for that matter, had ever seen.

From 1964 to 1970, The Beatles produced ten critically acclaimed albums including Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the White Album. The band split up in December 1970. Ten years later, Lennon was gunned down outside his apartment building in New York City. Harrison died in 2001.

McCartney and Starr continue to tour and have appeared on stage together many times. Yet that is still a far cry from a Beatles reunion — something that obviously will never take place.

Almost as nonexistent is an opportunity to track down either surviving Beatle and secure an autograph. They are mobbed wherever they go, and we all remember how Ringo’s signing habits famously came to an end in 2008 when he announced that he “simply had too much to do” to respond to autograph requests.

main_1482363102-Paul-McCartney-Signed-1175-x-15-Photo-JSA-LOA-PristineAuction.comTo really be a cornerstone of a collection, however, you’re going to want to have the Beatles’ autographs from their heyday. This month we offer one such item, as well as a few other gems worthy of consideration.

Pristine proudly presents a John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr signed “The Beatles” vintage Parlophone Records promotional photo postcard. This original Beatles postcard measures approximately 5.75” x 3.6” and is hand-signed by the three aforementioned Beatles. Ringo added a personalization “To Pam Ann Norma and Theresa” as well as an inscription “From the Beatles.”

Items signed by the band from this period sell for crazy money — we all know that. We feel compelled to tell you that this bid item and is being offered with no reserve! Yep, you read that correctly. A “no reserve” vintage Beatles signed promotional postcard! Almost too good to be true, but in this case … it is!

The only caveat is that signature of Paul McCartney has been deemed secretarial. Even so there is a silver lining as his name appears to have been added by George Harrison! That fact alone makes this one unusual piece. The original recipients must’ve been quite special indeed. Just think … rather than turn the quartet into a trio, George took extra time to make this postcard as memorable as the presumed

The piece includes an official James Spence Authentication (JSA) hologram and matching LOA for authenticity purposes.

main_1480962911-Pete-Best-Signed-Hofter-Style-Bass-Guitar-Inscribed-The-Beatles-JSA-COA-PristineAuction.comIf you were so inclined you could bid on our 11.75” x 15” photo of Sir Paul that is signed in blue felt tip then frame them together to make one mind-blowing display! Complete the ensemble with a Glen Burton bass guitar autographed in silver by original drummer Pete Best and inscribed “The Beatles” for a collectible like no other! Both of these pieces are also authenticated by JSA so you know you’re getting the real deal!

The scarcity and uniqueness of this Beatles postcard cannot be understated. We encourage you to give very careful consideration to the piece and its “no reserve” status … you may regret not doing so! Bidding on all of the items in January’s Elite Auction continues through Sunday, January 29, only at Pristine Auction!

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From the collection of one of baseball’s most famous families comes a Tony Gwynn gamer!

main_1482102983-Tony-Gwynn-Signed-Padres-1993-Game-Used-Jersey-Player-LOA-PristineAuction.comSecond baseman Bret Boone came from one of baseball’s most recognizable families. His dad was former Major League Baseball player and manager Bob Boone. His grandfather was former big leaguer Ray Boone and his brother was former player Aaron Boone. Oh, and Boone (all of the aforementioned ones actually) were descendants of Americana pioneer and frontiersman Daniel Boone.

During his career, Bret was a three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Bret was not only a player — he was also a true fan of the National Pastime … and a collector.

Collectors owe Bret a debt of gratitude for sharing some of his keepsakes with the rest of us, particularly the Tony Gwynn 1993 Padres Russell Athletic pinstriped San Diego Padres game-worn home jersey that’s up for bid this month in our Elite

The white knit shell features blue pinstripes with “Padres” stitched across front in blue-on-white-on-orange tri-tone tackle twill, “Gwynn” stitched directly across shoulders in navy blue tackle twill, and his number “19” applied in the tri-tone tackle format below. The correct Russell Athletic manufacturer’s tag is sewn to the front left tail, along with two tags to indicate size and material (size “44” and “100% Polyester”). The left sleeve bears the club’s 25th anniversary patch.

thumb_1482103144-Tony-Gwynn-Signed-Padres-1993-Game-Used-Jersey-Player-LOA-PristineAuction.comOn its own this would be a magnificent auction. Yet as they say: “WAIT! THERE’S MORE!”

The jersey is hand-signed by Gwynn both on the front (faded) and the back (horizontally in silver ink upon the “1” of his number. Gwynn also inscribed “HOF 07” along with his signature. The jersey includes an official Bret Boone LOA from Celebz Direct for authenticity purposes. The LOA reads in part that the jersey “is original and was used by Tony during MLB games. It was given to me by my friend Tony Gwynn … & it has been part of my personal, private collection.”

thumb_1482103004-Tony-Gwynn-Signed-Padres-1993-Game-Used-Jersey-Player-LOA-PristineAuction.comthumb_1482102993-Tony-Gwynn-Signed-Padres-1993-Game-Used-Jersey-Player-LOA-PristineAuction.comA member of the 3,000 Hit Club with a career .338 batting average, Gwynn was a 15-time National League All-Star, an eight-time National League batting champion, and a five-time Gold Glove winner. The first-ballot HOFer called Boone a teammate for only a single season in 2000, but the duo apparently became good friends in that short amount of time.
A long-time user of smokeless tobacco, Gwynn passed away from salivary gland cancer at the age of 54 in 2014.

This jersey remains significant piece of memorabilia from the late Hall of Famer, worn during his beloved franchise’s anniversary season. It is one of more than 300 exquisite items that Pristine has available in our Elite Auction until Sunday, January 29.

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