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Bill Mazeroski memorabilia auction brings in $1.7 million

Nov 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Mazeroski home run

Pirates Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski put his gold gloves and the gear he was wearing during Game 7 of the 1960 World Series up for auction. And it brought a pretty nice haul: $1.7 million.

The buyer of most of the stuff was Thomas Tull, a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the CEO of Legendary Pictures. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review spoke to Milene Mazeroski, who was pleased with the proceeds and the fact that the stuff will go to someone with Pittsburgh ties.

We’ve seen a lot of these memorabilia auctions recently. My first impulse when I see them is to think that so-and-so player is in financial trouble. But reading this story and many of the others, you get a pretty strong sense that, for most of these guys, the memories are way more important than the hardware, which eventually just becomes clutter.

I kinda like that.

  1. natstowngreg - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Must be nice to have serious disposable income, to acquire your heroes’ memorabilia. Must be nice to have that kind of disposable income, period. Glad to see the return Maz got, whether he really needed the money or not.

  2. courageousdeer - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I like that too, and I also like the fact that players who were never able to take advantage of gigantic free agent contracts are now able to cash in a little on their achievements.

  3. pilonflats - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    good for them

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