Pat Collins Yankees World Series Memorabilia

Value (2014) | $8,000 Auction$12,000 Auction
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GUEST:
They belonged to my great uncle. He was a catcher. These are from when he played for the New York Yankees. We would go visit him and he would always give us things, balls and bats and stuff. And then we'd promptly go home and play with them. We lost a lot of baseballs with pretty good signatures on 'em.

APPRAISER:
And he was, for a short time, Babe Ruth's roommate.

GUEST:
Right, he roomed with him many times on the road. They were really good friends.

APPRAISER:
Pat Collins started with the St. Louis Browns.

GUEST:
Right, 1919.

APPRAISER:
And was sold to the Yankees in 1925. So he played in three World Series.

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
1926, 1927, and 1928. Pat Collins was considered the forgotten catcher. He actually shared the catching duties with two other catchers. So, a good ballplayer on a great team. Anytime a group comes from an actual ballplayer's estate, it makes these items much more prized. And then when you had his equipment, any personal items are very desirable. One of the unique qualities about a player's professional model glove or mitt like this is it actually has his name inscribed into the leather. It's also typically a much higher quality glove as we can see by the labels. To find a glove or a mitt from a player, especially in that period from a World Series appearance, they're very rare, very hard to find. That catcher's mitt at auction, we would expect to sell for between $2,000 and $3,000. World Series programs, from this era, they're very hard to come by, particularly when they're the copies that belonged to a ballplayer. We have the 1926, ’27, and ’28. Any of those in this condition are gonna auction for between $750 and $1,500 each. You have a pair of ticket stubs.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
From one of the World Series games. A matching pair like that would sell at auction for between $1,000 and $1,500. It's very nice to have a photograph captured before or after a game. That photo would sell at auction for between $200 to $400. Along with the other items, I would put the value on this group at auction for between $8,000 to $12,000. GUESTS: Wow, surprised!

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Davenport, WA
Appraised value (2014)
$8,000 Auction$12,000 Auction
Event
Kansas City, MO (August 10, 2013)

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