Just two days before the Cincinnati Reds 2006 home opening game, baseball fans will get the chance to own a piece of Red's history by purchasing items from the collection of former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott. The first woman to own a major league team will be auctioning off the items to raise money for her charitable foundation.
Thousands of baseball items from Schott's personal collection will be sold, including her personal 1990 World Series trophy (shown at right); Cincinnati Reds uniforms, including Pete Rose (shown), Eric Davis and others; game-used bats; more than 130 team-signed baseballs, including some from the 1990 World Series (shown); thousands of unopened packs of baseball cards; hundreds of presentation awards to Schott and the Reds; the original artwork for new Reds uniforms and the 1988 All-Star Game logo; other fine original baseball artwork; and a set of 1940s watercolor portraits of Reds players.
This is the second in a series of three auctions managed by Cowan's Auctions, Inc. to raise funds for The Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation. Schott's household items were sold in December, garnering nearly $200,000 for the Foundation.
"Marge's baseball collection is broad and eclectic," noted Cowan's Auctions founder and star of the PBS television series History Detectives, Wes Cowan. "Reds fans and lovers of Cincinnati history will be delighted with this sale's treasures."
For more information, call (513) 871-1670, or go to www.cowanauctions.com and visit the company's website.