Gaynor’s Fine Consignments of Orleans is holding a curated auction of Sports Memorabilia that will run on Liveauctioneers.com until Tuesday March 3rd. The auction features treasures consigned by the family of former Osterville resident and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Cronin. Cronin played in the Major Leagues from 1926-1945 with the Pirates, Senators and Red Sox. From 1935-1945 he held the position of both player and manager of the Red Sox. In 1959 he was named President of the American League, a position that he held until 1973.
Items offered include an extremely rare belt buckle presented to members of the 1935 American League All-Star team made of Sterling Silver and highlighted in Gold. A six page handwritten letter from Ty Cobb congratulating Joe on being named American League President and sharing Cobb’s opinion on the state of the league. Letters from President Gerald Ford, Gene Autry, Clark Griffith, J Edgar Hoover and others. Other items available for bid include a 1914 document signed by Boston Red Sox owner Joseph Lannin, 1975 Thrilla in Manilla boxing poster signed by Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, early Golf Memorabilia as well as a wide range of autographs, photographs, prints and cards from the 1860’s-2010’s.
According to Gaynor’s owner, Scott Gaynor, a worldwide recognized expert on sports cards and memorabilia, the 1935 All-Star Game Belt Buckle is especially significant as it is only the second to ever have been offered publicly and player related memorabilia from early All-Star games are especially rare.