LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — Hall of Famer Ozzie “The Wizard” Smith is planning to auction his 13 Gold Gloves and a pair of World Series rings he received from the St. Louis Cardinals in retirement.
SCP Auctions said Tuesday that bidding for the online sale will start Nov. 14 and end Dec. 1. SCP said Smith decided on the auction, which also includes 11 All-Star game rings, as part of estate and family planning.
”My family and I have decided together which of my pieces to keep and which to share,” Smith said in a statement. “I will forever cherish every experience associated with earning these awards. ... I hope those who are passionate about collecting and preserving such items will gain a similar measure of joy through their ownership.”
Smith, 57, made just under $32 million ($31,650,000) in his playing career, according to Baseball-Reference.com. He retired after the 1996 season and has had various entrepreneur ventures—like a restaurant and salad dressing—since his playing days.
In a separate sale, bidding began Tuesday at Goldin Auctions for Pete Rose’s copy of the 1990 agreement in which he accepted a lifetime ban from baseball following an investigation of his gambling while manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Bidding runs through Nov. 17.
Don Larsen is auctioning the uniform he wore while pitching the only World Series perfect game. Steiner Sports is running the auction through Dec. 5 and the company’s website lists the current high bid as $146,000, which is less than the reserve price.
As part of the same auction, Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight is selling his championship basketball rings and Olympic gold medal. Larsen and Knight said the proceeds will pay for the education of their grandchildren.