Two decades and change after Jim Fregosi's "Macho Row" Phillies team won the National League pennant, the former Phillies manager's estate has decided it's time to get rid of some of his memorabilia from that era. So it has put a range of items up for auction to the public on the website of auctioneer Worthridge.
We aren't talking just trinkets. There are game-worn jerseys, including one of Fregosi's from the 1993 World Series. There are autographed jerseys, including one signed by the 1996 National League All-Star team that played at Veterans Stadum, and even Fregosi's 1993 NL championship ring.
Not surprisingly, that ring is the most expensive item on offer - right now, the high bid is more than $1,300. But if you have $200, you can bid for Fregosi's 1996 All-Star Game ring.
Plenty of interesting items are quite cheap. A baseball autographed by Fregosi was $10 when I wrote this post. A baseball from an Old Timers' game signed by luminaries including Harmon Killebrew, Brooks Robinson and Phil Niekro was just $22. A baseball autographed by Bob Gibson and Orlando Cepeda, among others, was just $25. So was a bat signed by Mitch Williams with an inscription to Fregosi.
If you're a political type, a photo of Richard and Patricia Nixon with Fregosi and his then-wife Jane in 1979 - including a signed message from the former president - was at $72.
Here's one more item for the high rollers: a box of 72 baseballs all signed by players on the 1994 National League All-Star team that Fregosi managed. That roster included Lenny Dykstra, Ozzie Smith, Tony Gwynn, Barry Bonds and Greg Maddux, among others. When I wrote this post, the bidding was a little less than $1,000. The baseballs have been preserved in the box, which means they're still in decent condition. Judging from the photos on the listing page, I believe it.
Almost all the items - especially the autographed ones - come with a certificate of authenticity. Instructions on how to bid are easy to find by clicking on any of the individual items on the auctioneer's website.