Busch Auction Details Announced

November 4 2005 at 11:47 PM Eric (Premier Login ecky3)
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Cards fans can own piece of Busch
11/04/2005 4:00 PM ET
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com

ST. LOUIS -- If you always wanted your own piece of Busch Stadium, you're going to have your chance.
At the same time as they announced the demolition schedule for the venerable old ballpark, the Cardinals announced an enormous auction of all sorts of memorabilia from Busch. Nearly 400 items will be made available in a public auction that starts Tuesday.

Items range from the large -- the desk from manager Tony La Russa's office -- to the small -- a cleat cleaner from the home bullpen. And they cover the entire spectrum from sublime -- lockers belonging to Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter and Scott Rolen -- to the, well, if not ridiculous, at least a little silly -- like a trash can from the clubhouse.

You can bid on the training table or even a laundry bin or a players' urinal, not to mention who knows how many items signed by Larry Walker. The retiring outfielder made his way all over the clubhouse with a sharpie, and some items that aren't even listed as autographed carry Walker's John Hancock.

Among the other highlights of the auction are the following: the last home plate and pitching rubber used on the field; a portion of the left-field foul pole; part of the wall padding used during the 1982 season (signed by Bruce Sutter, Keith Hernandez, Whitey Herzog and others); the Cardinals Hall of Fame plaque collection (49 in all) including Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Steve Carlton, Ozzie Smith and several others; the bases used in Game 3 of the 2004 World Series; the complete set of world champion banners; game-worn player jerseys from the final regular-season home game; Fredbird's car and an owner's box chair.

The Cardinals are holding the auction in conjunction with stlcardinals.com and Lelands.com.

"This is a special time in the history of the team, our fans, our community and our players," Cardinals president Mark Lamping said in a statement released by the team. "We're taking special steps to ensure the preservation of the history of Busch Stadium while offering our fans a chance to own a piece of the ballpark that provided all of us so many great memories."

Luxury suite furniture from the stadium was removed and donated by the Cardinals to Habitat for Humanity. Since mid-summer, Cardinals Care and the United Way of Greater St. Louis raised more than $66,000 through a raffle giving one lucky winner the chance to trigger the first wrecking ball that will begin dismantling the stadium.

Crews have removed the main scoreboard from the old ballpark, as well as the statues of Stan Musial, Jack Buck, Gussie Busch and Cardinals Hall of Famers, and moved them to new Busch Stadium. In addition, the Cardinals will donate a number of special stadium items to the Missouri History Museum and the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum, while other memorabilia will be saved for display in the new Ballpark Village.

Bidding and registration for The Busch Stadium Memorabilia Auction Presented by Lelands.com will be conducted at www.Lelands.com, with bidding concluding on Nov. 23. Bids will be taken online or by telephone. Catalogs for the auction are available at stlcardinals.com.


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Busch Auction Is Live

November 4 2005, 11:48 PM

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Great items!

November 5 2005, 8:05 AM
Not only for Cards fans, but baseball fans in general..some really nice pieces, anxious to put some bids in! Thanks for the post.

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Lelands Busch Auction

November 5 2005, 8:18 AM
Absolutely for all baseball fans - not just Cards fans! There is some great stuff in this auction - everyone should take a peek.........

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Busch Auction- Money Is No Object

November 10 2005, 2:46 PM
Hey gang,

If you had an unlimited amount of money, what three items would you buy from the Busch Stadium auction

(On a separate note I was disappointed they're not selling the tarp that ran over Vince Coleman.)


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If I won the lottery......

November 10 2005, 10:12 PM

I'd buy the world series bases, oversized baseball chair and the bar....the whole freakin bar!