Skinner to Auction Red Sox Legend Ted Williams Jersey

Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses, today announced it will offer a rare Ted Williams’ 1955 game worn jersey at its Discovery Auction on April 19th in its Bolton, Mass. gallery. In concert with baseball’s season opening, the Ted Williams’ jersey (to be sold as part of a lot that includes other Red Sox players’ pants, cap and leggings) will be the top lot, among other lots of sports memorabilia, namely pins.

Lot No. 1 is comprised of a 1955 Ted Williams/Boston Red Sox Wool #9 Game Worn Jersey, a 1956 Johnny Schmitz/Boston Red Sox Game Worn Pants, and a Cap and Leggings. The lot is estimated at $30,000 to $40,000. The gray flannel road jersey sports the stitched blue felt letters “BOSTON” across the front and number “9” on the verso. Seven gray buttons close the front. The front tail features a stitched supplier label “Tim McAuliffe Inc., Boston, Mass” and stitched in navy blue thread “55” (year), “46 2in” (size/alternation), and “9” (player number).

The collections’ provenance is of interest as it highlights an increased appreciation of sports memorabilia in today’s collectibles market. The collection was first donated in the fall of 1964 to be auctioned off by the Scituate Etrusco Association, hosted by Scituate contractor, prominent Jimmy Fund contributor, and Red Sox fan Allen Wheeler. As the highest bid on the uniform that evening was $50 the host presented it as a gift to the present owner. A letter form the owner detailing this history accompanies the lot.

Ted Williams played with the Red Sox from 1939 to 1960 and 1955 marked a transition year for the baseball legend. Williams retired in the spring of 1954, having suffered an injury earlier that year. The following year, 1955, faced with some personal turmoil, including a bitter divorce, Williams came out of retirement and re-signed with the Red Sox. While not a record year, Williams has a strong performance in 1955 with 28 home runs and 83 RBIs. 1949 marks his strongest year with 43 home runs and 159 RBIs. Williams retired for good in 1960 and was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

Pins up for sale include a 1910-1912 Sweet Caporal Cigarettes Cy Young/Cleveland Naps Pin (lot 2, est. $1/150.00), a 1915 Boston Red Sox/Old Vienna Promotional Lithographed Tin Pin (lot 3, est. $1/150.00), Five 1910- 1912 Sweet Caporal Cigarettes Baseball Pins and a Domino Disc (lot 13, est. $1/150.00), and Seven 1910-1912 Sweet Caporal Cigarettes Baseball pins (lot 47, est. $2/300.00).

All sports memorabilia up for sale can be viewed online at by April 11th, or in person on April 19th from 1-8 p.m., at Skinner, 357 Main St., Bolton, MA. A free PDF download of the printed catalogue for the auction is available one week prior to the auction on Skinner’s website. The website provides full-color thumbnail images and full lot descriptions, and allows users to leave bids online, and view prices realized in real-time during and after the auction. For questions, please contact Skinner’s Discovery department at 978-779-6241 or email [email protected]