Ahh, the All-Star Game in St. Louis. Time for Cardinals Nation to take a collective breath and treasure the priceless baseball memories and jewels we hold so dear. Right?
Just try telling that to Cardinals legend Bob Gibson. As reported last Friday in the Wall Street Journal
, the former pitching great plans to cash in this month on several big-ticket Cardinals collectibles he's accumulated over the years as a player and team dignitary. Those items include his:
- 1967 and 2006 Cardinals World Series rings
- 1968 MVP and Cy Young awards
- rookie contract with the Cardinals
- the game ball from his first big-league win
The items go up for sale July 31 at Legendary Auctions
Gibson's spokesman, Dick Zitsman, tells WSJ
that the ex-pitcher is keeping some items of sentimental value, but has decided to auction off other trinkets now because the market is strong.
"Financially, he's well off," Zitsman assures WSJ
. "For the high-end stuff, it's always going to be good."