BOSTON (AP) — The 1912 Boston Red Sox World Series trophy presented to team manager Jake Stahl is going on the auction block.
The sterling silver trophy has all the players’ names etched on it. It will be auctioned Aug. 2 at Camden Yards in Baltimore during a national sports collectors convention.
The trophy’s current owner, Robert Fraser, an avid Red Sox fan, says he decided to sell it after being contacted by several companies that wanted to auction it off for the 100th anniversary of the team’s World Series win and the opening of Fenway Park. Fraser, a real estate broker from Westwood, N.J., said he and his wife paid $74,000 when they bought it from a sports memorabilia dealer in 2007.
“I love the Red Sox,” he said. “I always go for the underdog.”
Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, expects the trophy will fetch more than $300,000, said Chris Ivy, director of sports for the auction house. Online bidding was up to $90,000 on Tuesday afternoon.
A replica of the trophy is on display at Fenway Park.
Fraser said there were two trophies made after the Red Sox beat the New York Giants to win the World Series in 1912. The other trophy was given to James McAleer, then a co-owner of the team. He said no one knows what happened to that trophy.
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