Curt Schilling to sell "other" bloody sock
Texas-based Heritage Auctions has obtained the blood-stained sock worn by Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series, and will be auctioning off that size-12 piece of baseball history next month. According to Heritage’s Director of Sports, Chris Ivy, online bidding for the sock will begin on February 4, with live bidding to take place on Feb. 23 in New York City as part of an auction that will also feature other high ticket items, including a jersey and hat work by Lou Gehrig.
The sock, which had been on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., is being sold as part of an agreement between Schilling and creditors of his former video game company, 38 Studios. The company filed for bankruptcy last year, and the sock is one of the memorabilia items Schilling listed as collateral that is now being auctioned off to repay debts.
Brad Horn, a spokesman for the Hall of Fame, said that the loaned sock, which they have had since 2004, was returned in December under the terms of the Hall's agreement with Schilling.
Heritage posted a preview of the item on their website, which reads:
“The otherwise nondescript white tube sock remains mounted to its original backing from its Cooperstown display that centers the dark splotches of blood for viewing, a Rorschach test that reads as "bliss" to millions of New England baseball fans. Check the game tape and you'll recognize the patterns, if you haven't already committed them to memory. Noted 18th century economist Thomas Paine famously wrote, "That which we acquire too easily, we esteem too lightly." There's no such danger here. Sweat alone couldn't break an eighty-six year Curse. Like any great and glorious victory, there had to be blood.”
So how much is the literal red sock worth? Ivy gave a “conservative estimate” of at least $100,000, saying he expects the bidding to be “very spirited," and ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell wrote that ahead of a previously-speculated attempt to sell the sock back in 2005, its value was estimated to be somewhere between $600,000 and $1 million by potential bidders.
Heritage is no stranger to selling high-ticket baseball memorabilia; last summer, they facilitated the sale of an Ohio family’s rare lot of baseball cards that brought in more than a half-million dollars, and in May 2012, they auctioned off a more infamous piece of Sox history: the “Bill Buckner ball” that rolled between the first baseman’s legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
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