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Bill Riddell Collection Offered by SCP Auctions

SCP Auctions will offer the Bill Riddell Collection. The accumulation of Riddel, who passed away earlier this year, includes an amazing array of game-used bats from the likes of Roberto Clemente and Mickey Cochrane.

Bill Riddell passed away on Aug. 26, 2014, at the age of 58 following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Bill was both an avid sports memorabilia collector and also one of the industry’s earliest authorities on vintage and game used baseball bats. A physical education teacher and baseball coach for 32 years at Tewinkle Middle School in Costa Mesa, California, he co-authored the book BATS that was released in 1995. It remains a go-to source in the hobby for key information on Hillerich & Bradsby and Adirondack professional model bats from 1950 to 1994.


“He went after the best. He really liked the old-school players. Somebody who stayed with a team, kept their head down and did their job. Players with integrity. And that’s the way Bill was. He was very modest and never bragged about the things he had.”
– Diane Riddell (Bill’s widow)

Over the course of 30 years, Riddell quietly cultivated an impressive and impeccable personal collection of vintage and modern-era bats and other significant baseball memorabilia. SCP Auctions is honored to feature “The Bill Riddell Collection” in our upcoming 2014 Fall Premier Auction.

A total of 32 lots are showcased and include some extraordinary bats that are largely unknown to the hobby, including: George Kelly’s 1916-20 H&B game-used bat, 1930s Charlie Gehringer H&B game-used bat, 1931 Mickey Cochrane double-vault marked H&B game-used bat and Yogi Berra’s 1958 All-Star autographed game-used bat.

From the late ‘60s and 1970s, Riddell’s collection includes some more showstoppers like Johnny Bench’s autographed game-used rookie era (1967-72) H&B gamer as well as a stunning Roberto Clemente’s 1971 (World Championship Season) autographed and game-used H&B bat with direct bat boy provenance. Bill’s collecting interests also included team-signed baseballs and game-worn jerseys as well, including his crown jewel: a magnificent, completely original Ernie Banks’ 1969 autographed and game-worn Chicago Cubs jersey from his last full season in the bigs.

Other collection highlights include:
– Collection of (16) game-used bats from members of the 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers
– Babe Ruth double-signed 1937 bank check
– 1959 Ted Williams Pinch Hitter Baseball Themed Pinball Machine
– 1960s Hillerich & Bradsby metal revolving baseball bat rack
– Collection of (5) game-used bats from members of the 1968 World Champion Detroit Tigers including Northrup, Horton, Brown, Wert and Price
– Lot of (5) 1970s-80s All-Stars professional model game-used bats, including Simmons, B.Bonds, Madlock, Grich and Foster
– Lot of (8) HOF legends single-signed baseballs including Mantle and DiMaggio
– 1968 Dave Campbell Detroit Tigers (World Championship season) game-worn home jersey
– 1958 Rocky Colavito H&B professional model game-used bat with exceptional MLB batboy provenance
– 1958 Harvey Kuenn H&B professional model game-used bat with exceptional MLB batboy provenance.

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