SCP Auctions Presents The Bill Riddell Collection

SCP Auctions will be auctioning off the Bill Riddell Collection in the upcoming November auction. Bill Riddell passed away on August 26, 2014, at the age of 58 following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Bill was both an avid sports memorabilia collector and also one of the industry’s earliest authorities on vintage and game used baseball bats.

A physical education teacher and baseball coach for 32 years at Tewinkle Middle School in Costa Mesa, California, he co-authored the book “BATS” that was released in 1995. It remains a go-to source in the hobby for key information on Hillerich & Bradsby and Adirondack professional model bats from 1950 to 1994.

Over the course of 30 years, Riddell quietly cultivated an impressive and impeccable personal collection of vintage and modern-era bats and other significant baseball memorabilia. SCP Auctions is honored to feature “The Bill Riddell Collection” in our upcoming 2014 Fall Premier Auction.

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A total of 32 lots are showcased and include some extraordinary bats that are largely unknown to the hobby, including: George Kelly’s 1916-20 H&B game-used bat; 1930’s Charlie Gehringer H&B game-used bat; 1931 Mickey Cochrane Double-Vault marked H&B game-used bat; and Yogi Berra’s 1958 All-Star autographed game-used bat. From the late ’60s and 1970s, Riddell’s collection includes some more showstoppers like Johnny Bench’s autographed game-used rookie era (1967-72) H&B gamer as well as a stunning Roberto Clemente’s 1971 (World Championship Season) autographed and game-used H&B bat with direct bat boy provenance.

Bill’s collecting interests also included team-signed baseballs and game-worn jerseys as well, including his crown jewel: a magnificent, completely original Ernie Banks’ 1969 autographed and game-worn Chicago Cubs jersey from his last full season in the bigs.

Bidding Opens November 19th

The Bill Riddell Collection Highlights Include:

  • 1969 Ernie Banks Autographed Chicago Cubs Game Worn Home Jersey – Completely Original With Exceptional MLB Provenance
  • 1971 Roberto Clemente Autographed H&B Professional Model Game Used Bat with Exceptional MLB Provenance
  • 1931 Mickey Cochrane Double Vault Marked H&B Professional Model Game Used Bat
  • 1958 Yogi Berra All-Star Autographed H&B Professional Model Game Used Bat with Exceptional MLB Batboy Provenance
  • 1930’s Charlie Gehringer H&B Professional Model Game Used Bat
  • 1916-20 George Kelly H&B Professional Model Game Used Bat – His Earliest Signature Model with Rare Dual Stamped Centerbrands
  • 1967-72 Johnny Bench Autographed (Rookie Era) H&B Professional Model Game Used Bat
  • 1958 Nellie Fox H&B Professional Model Game Used Bat
  • 1950’s Red Schoendienst Autographed H&B Professional Model Game Used Bat

Other Collection Highlights Include:

  • Collection of (16) Game Used Bats from Members of the 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers
  • Babe Ruth Double Signed 1937 Bank Check
  • 1959 Ted Williams Pinch Hitter Baseball Themed Pinball Machine
  • 1960’s Hillerich & Bradsby Metal Revolving Baseball Bat Rack
  • Collection of (5) Game Used Bats from Members of the 1968 World Champion Detroit Tigers Incl. Northrup, Horton, Brown, Wert and Price
  • Lot of (5) 1970’s-80’s All-Stars Professional Model Game Used Bats Incl. Simmons, B.Bonds, Madlock, Grich and Foster
  • Lot of (8) HoF Legends Single Signed Baseballs Incl. Mantle and DiMaggio
  • 1968 Dave Campbell Detroit Tigers (World Championship Season) Game Worn Home Jersey
  • 1958 Rocky Colavito H&B Professional Model Game Used Bat with Exceptional MLB Batboy Provenance
  • 1958 Harvey Kuenn H&B Professional Model Game Used Bat with Exceptional MLB Batboy Provenance