Walter Johnson memorabilia consigned by family to Heritage Auctions

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2015-06-26 13:10:32

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Walter Johnson memorabilia consigned by family to Heritage Auctions

A selection of baseball star Walter Johnson's memorabilia offers a 1924 World Series ticket

The family of one of baseball's most celebrated stars, Walter Johnson, have consigned several items of his memorabilia to Heritage Auctions' February 23-24 Platinum Night Sports Auction in New York.

Walter Johnson memorabiliaThe ticket is thought to have belonged to Johnson's wife, who would have been waved through at the gates, accounting for its intact perforations

Highlighting the collection, which traces the remarkable impression Johnson left on the game, is a ticket from game seven of the 1924 World Series.

The ticket was once part of Johnson's personal scrapbook, and is one of just two known to exist with the perforations still intact. It is currently selling for $5,500, but will undoubtedly rocket as the live auction gets underway.

Game seven of the 1924 World Series was possibly the greatest single game in the sport's history. Coming at the end of Johnson's last season, his Washington Senators defeated the particularly strong New York Giants, who had eight future Hall of Famers in their side. The New York Herald reported at the time:

"It was something beyond all belief, beyond all imagining. Its crashing echoes are still singing out across the stands, across the city, on into the gathering twilight of early autumn shadows. There never was a ball game like this before, never a game with as many thrills and heart throbs strung together in the making of a drama that came near to tearing away the soul to leave it limp and sagging, drawn and twisted out of shape."

Also starring is Johnson's 1939 Hall of Fame presentation plaque, which is currently selling for $26,000. Elsewhere, the bloody sock from Curt Schilling's 2004 World Series will be sold for $100,000+.

See more of the most exciting lots in the sale and the latest on collecting in our Sports Memorabilia news section.

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