Anson at Auction - Notable Auction Results for Cap Anson Collectibles and Memorabilia

Auction House:
Heritage Auctions

Year:

2010
Item:
1897 Last Game-Used Bat of Career
Description:

With an ironclad provenance originating directly from the Anson estate, this bat took the collecting world by storm in August 2010. Massive by today's standards at 47 ounces, the bat features a three-screw repair and 145 handle notch marks to provide Anson with a better grip of his lumber. The bat is documented as being the one Anson used to record his final career hit, #3435. An extraordinary artifact, the final gavel price set a new record price paid for Anson-related memorabilia.

Price Realized:
$286,800 (includes buyer's premium)

Auction House:
Lelands

Year:

2007
Item:
1898 sterling silver presentation bat
Description:
Anson was presented this magnificent trophy bat for his many contributions to the game as one of its most prominent early players, only four months after his retirement from the Chicago Colts. The bat is hollow and made of beautiful sterling silver with decadent designs engraved on its barrel and grip. The inscription on the barrel reads “ Presented to Adrian C. Anson by the Students of Notre Dame University as a testimony of their pride in him as one of the earliest and greatest athletes of their Alma Mater, February 22nd, 1898”.
Price Realized:
$62,968 (includes buyer's premium)

Auction House:
Lelands

Year:

2007
Item:
Cap Anson personal watch fob
Description:
This is a watch fob that Anson used and carried with him often. The fob, made with heavy gold chain, features three really interesting items attached, the best being a sterling silver match safe/striker in the shape of an 1888 baseball shoe which hangs at its end, and is engraved with the year “1888” and his initials “ACA”. There are fifteen real diamonds around the bottom of the shoe, which opens to reveal a compartment for matches to be held with the striking surface inside the heel. Also featured is a small silver ball engraved “Adrian to Virginia, May 15th, 1889” that was originally given from Anson to his wife Virginia but was later attached to his fob.
Price Realized:
$4,579 (includes buyer's premium)

Auction House:
Lelands

Year:

2007
Item:
Cap Anson worn baseball cap
Description:
An off-white cap with dark blue brim, from the Anson family collection. It was certainly worn by Anson, but when and where are lost to history. Spalding tag is still intact but the leather lining has all but disintegrated with only a small remnant remaining.
Price Realized:
$9,143 (includes buyer's premium)

Auction House:
MastroNet

Year:

2006
Item:
Cap Anson single signed baseball
Description:
This is the only known single signed Cap Anson baseball in existence. Dating from circa 1900, this red and blue stitched ball was signed "AC Anson, Manager Chicago B.B.C." It is truly one of the hobby's most sought after autographed baseballs.
Price Realized:
$73,425 (includes buyer's premium)

Auction House:
MastroNet

Year:

2006
Item:
Cap Anson autograph on Vaudeville contract
Description:
One-page contract pertaining to Anson's days in theater on the "Orpheum Circuit." The agreement, dated January 30, 1918, specifies that Anson and his daughters, Dorothy and Adele, will perform their comedy variety routine for seven performances at least twice a day beginning March 24, 1918, at the Heiligh Theatre in Portland, Oregon. In exchange, the trio was paid $190.
Price Realized:
$1,735

Auction House:
Robert Edward Auctions

Year:

2005
Item:
Cap Anson autograph with personalized inscription
Description:
Autographed presentation page from Cap Anson's biography, signed in his full signature. This page was removed from the original book. Inscription reads "Chicago Dec. 25 1901. Merry Christmas to my dear friend Emma B. Ross. Adrian C. Anson"
Price Realized:
$1,800

Auction House:
Robert Edward Auctions

Year:

2005
Item:
1887 Prang baseball lithograph
Description:
Classic full-color detailed game-in-progress lithographic print from the very well known lithographer Prang captures a batsman running to first base. Adrian “Cap” Anson can be seen, legs crossed, sitting on the bench. An exceptional example of one of the best known of all nineteeth-century baseball display prints. Measures 16 x 22 inches.
Price Realized:
$3,750

Auction House:
eBay

Year:

2004
Item:
2004 Topps Tribute Signature Cuts Anson cut signature baseball card
Description:
This baseball card featuring a cut signature of Anson was serial numbered 1/1, meaning only one was produced.
Price Realized:
$4,504

Auction House:
Robert Edward Auctions

Year:

1999
Item:
Cap Anson game worn jersey
Description:
One of the two Cap Anson jerseys known to exist, this circa 1888 jersey was a part of the legendary Barry Harper collection.
Price Realized:
$36,800

Auction House:
Robert Edward Auctions

Year:

1999
Item:
Capt. A.C. Anson brand ginger beer bottle.
Description:
Original glazed ceramic bottle from Anson's failed ginger beer enterprise. Circa 1900. Bottle has minor imperfections. From the legendary Barry Harper collection.
Price Realized:
$920