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1999 Walter Johnson All-Century Team Award - Direct Family Provenance!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,370
1999 All-Century Team award presented posthumously, to Walter Johnson by Major League Baseball in honor of his selection as one of the thirty greatest players of the last century. This award has been consigned directly by a Walter Johnson family member and is accompanied by a signed letter from Walter Johnson's grandson attesting to its provenance. The award features a sand-etched portrait of Johnson, along with his name, on a glass panel that includes the text "Major/League/Baseball/Top Players/Of The/Century. The glass panel is situated in front of a separate black panel that bears a banner design on the top and bottom, as well as the MLB logo. A label affixed to the underside of the piece reads "Strassbourg Collection." Johnson was one of nine pitchers selected to the All-Century Team, as voted upon by fans. The official ceremony at which the names of the thirty members of the All-Century Team were revealed took place prior to Game 2 of the 1999 World Series. Of the thirty players selected, eighteen were still alive at the time of the presentation, all of whom attended the ceremony. During the ceremony, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig commented upon the honor bestowed upon the thirty recipients: "In this century, more than 15,000 men had the opportunity to play Major League Baseball, but only a special few transcended the eras in which they played and remain in the consciousness of baseball fans and historians as the greatest players in baseball history." All-Century Team awards are seldom seen at public auction and represent an exceptionally rare baseball presentation piece (only thirty such awards were issued). The fact that this award was issued to Walter Johnson, who was also one of the first five inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, makes it an exceptionally significant baseball presentation piece. The award (6 x 3 x 9) remains in Mint condition. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,370
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