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Monday, January 19, 2009

2003 Manager of the Year Award sells on ebay for $200

Not sure who bought it, but the winning user was GrittyGardy35.

A tip of the cap to the Royals Corner message board for this one: Tony Peña’s 2003 AL Manager of the Year award sold on eBay for $200 last week.

The item description noted “a few small nicks on edges,” but otherwise, “mint condition.” When contacted about how the item was secured, the seller, based in Massachusetts, e-mailed only that “this item was on consignment. I do not have any further info.”

Ebay listing here

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 19, 2009 at 04:17 PM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Internet Commenter Posted: January 19, 2009 at 10:00 PM (#3055419)
Wow, an award statue! Oh, it's just a Manager of the Year.
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 19, 2009 at 10:04 PM (#3055421)
Wonder whether he delivered it to the buyer from in his crouch.
   3. Rear Admiral Piazza Posted: January 19, 2009 at 10:05 PM (#3055422)
Angel Berroa and Bob Hamelin now see the chance to fund one more coke binge.
   4. Jeff K. Posted: January 19, 2009 at 10:36 PM (#3055453)
Dude, really? Someone should have done a better job advertising that, because there is no way I wouldn't go way higher than that, and there are a bunch of people with a lot more money than me. Fail to whomever the seller was.
   5. The District Attorney Posted: January 19, 2009 at 10:44 PM (#3055461)
Heh, reminds me of when Homer tries to flush Dr. Haing S. Ngor's Oscar down the toilet and the toilet won't take it.
   6. Greg Pope Posted: January 19, 2009 at 10:46 PM (#3055463)
Someone should have done a better job advertising that, because there is no way I wouldn't go way higher than that, and there are a bunch of people with a lot more money than me.

No kidding. You put that up for bid and limit it to only BTF members and I guarantee you get 4 figures for it. If it's the real thing I probably go over $500.
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 19, 2009 at 10:48 PM (#3055466)
"If it's the real thing I probably go over $500."

There's a market for counterfeit Manager of the Year awards? Who knew?
   8. Zonk demands an audit of your post Posted: January 19, 2009 at 11:16 PM (#3055480)
No kidding. You put that up for bid and limit it to only BTF members and I guarantee you get 4 figures for it. If it's the real thing I probably go over $500.


Yeah, I'd have gone to $500... I'm not much of a collector, but it would be pretty cool to have an MLB annual award on my mantle.
   9. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: January 19, 2009 at 11:27 PM (#3055487)
This sounds kind of sketch. The seller didn't say how he got it. It doesn't seem like something Pena would just give away. And he was willing to sell it for just $200. It feels like a fake.
   10. The Most Interesting Man In The World Posted: January 19, 2009 at 11:30 PM (#3055489)
When contacted about how the item was secured, the seller, based in Massachusetts, e-mailed only that “this item was on consignment. I do not have any further info.”

That begs the question.. how come it's not in Tony Pena's hands? Did he have to pay for his son's weak bat or something?

EDIT: I owe Dewitty Pun a coke. At least, I think that's what the BBTF bylaws state.
   11. Vegas Watch Posted: January 19, 2009 at 11:31 PM (#3055491)
Here is the actual auction. If you'd known about it last week you could've "Bought It Now" for $450.
   12. The District Attorney Posted: January 19, 2009 at 11:39 PM (#3055495)
Here's the auction.

I don't see any indication in the auction description of a Certificate of Authenticity or anything of that nature.

The seller "sportsandtoyscd" has a 99% feedback rating. The auction itself mentions "Dan Dunn Collectibles." I dunno if that is the same entity as sportsandtoyscd. This blog seems skeptical about the authenticity of some Lizzie Borden¹ memorabilia sold by Mr. Dunn². Obviously, I'm in no position myself to evaluate such claims.

It should be easy enough for anyone with connections to get Tony Pena on the phone and see if he still has the thing...

¹ To fill in all you baseball fans, she was kinda like Marty Bergen. Or Steve Garvey.
² It is probably fair to assume that anyone named "Dunn" hates baseball.
   13. kthejoker Posted: January 20, 2009 at 12:15 AM (#3055516)
Lizzie Borden's more like Cesar Cedeno, huh?
   14. Chris in Wicker Park Posted: January 20, 2009 at 06:16 AM (#3055799)
Looks like Hal McRae threw a phone at it.
   15. Justin T's pasta pass was not revoked Posted: January 20, 2009 at 06:39 AM (#3055808)
Once when I was probably 13 years old I went down to the local card store and bought a Felix Potvin autographed puck for like $10. The store owner just whipped out a sheet of paper with "Certificate of Authenticity" across the top, filled in "Felix Potvin" in one blank space and signed his name in another and handed it to me with the puck.
   16. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: January 20, 2009 at 05:30 PM (#3056069)
The store owner just whipped out a sheet of paper with "Certificate of Authenticity" across the top, filled in "Felix Potvin" in one blank space and signed his name in another and handed it to me with the puck.

If he had the Good Face, then it was probably legit.
   17. flournoy Posted: January 20, 2009 at 05:41 PM (#3056079)
How do you autograph a puck? With white-out?
   18. The District Attorney Posted: January 20, 2009 at 05:49 PM (#3056085)
To be fair, though, anyone with a printer can make a Certificate of Authenticity.
Well, that's fine, but the seller here wasn't even promising that much ;)
   19. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: January 20, 2009 at 06:07 PM (#3056100)
How do you autograph a puck? With white-out?

I know a dog could "autograph" a puck for you...maybe Potvin did the same thing.
   20. JamesShenton Posted: September 30, 2021 at 06:59 AM (#6042502)
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   21. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 30, 2021 at 07:30 AM (#6042504)
I don’t really know why you’d want someone else’s award trophy unless you were a big fan of that individual or it was a HOF player or something like that. But I am not much of a collectibles guy.
   22. RickG Posted: September 30, 2021 at 08:42 AM (#6042514)
Buying an MLB manager's award trophy is my exact level of "F You" money. Billionaires get yachts, private planes, and luxury boxes. I get an old plaque from a D-List skipper and a bleacher seat to a playoff game.
   23. SoSH U at work Posted: September 30, 2021 at 09:11 AM (#6042518)
Thanks for the bump, term paper guy. I missed this the first time around.

But it leads to so many questions. Is it still in the original buyer's hands? Was it real, or were their other versions of this floating around? Did Tony sell off his Gold Gloves as well? Would it be more valuable if you also had Jack McKeon's to corner the market on 2003 managerial hardware?
   24. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: September 30, 2021 at 11:46 AM (#6042547)
But it leads to so many questions. Is it still in the original buyer's hands? Was it real, or were their other versions of this floating around? Did Tony sell off his Gold Gloves as well? Would it be more valuable if you also had Jack McKeon's to corner the market on 2003 managerial hardware?


I have to admit, when I had only seen the headline and before I saw that this was a bot-resurrected necro-thread, my thought process was, "Jack McKeon is selling his award? That's sad. Wait, is Jack McKeon dead? Are his kids just liquidating his assets now? Now I'm REALLY sad." Knowing that it's Tony Pena's means I'm less sad, but a lot more confused.

Also, I had to look it up, but Jack McKeon is still with us and, as far as I know, still in possession of his 2003 MotY Award.
   25. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 30, 2021 at 01:34 PM (#6042559)
Well over a decade has gone by without anyone tracking down the story? Sad.
   26. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: September 30, 2021 at 01:50 PM (#6042564)
Huh, I mis-read the 12 year old headline and thought that Tony Pena was for sale.
   27. Greg Pope Posted: September 30, 2021 at 03:14 PM (#6042581)
But it leads to so many questions.

Also...

Are we to believe that JAHV and Ziggy knew instantly without looking it up that Tony Pena and Jack McKeon won the 2003 MOTY awards?

What does JamesShenton's post actually say?

Why is a post from 2009 not locked?

Why in the world did I claim in post 6 that I would spend $500 on a legitimate trophy?
   28. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: September 30, 2021 at 03:40 PM (#6042589)
Are we to believe that JAHV and Ziggy knew instantly without looking it up that Tony Pena and Jack McKeon won the 2003 MOTY awards?


It wasn't instant, but I remembered McKeon after a second of thought. That Marlins team is pretty firmly etched in my brain. I did NOT remember that Pena had won the AL MotY until I read the blurb, which is probably why my mind went instantly to McKeon.
   29. sunday silence (again) Posted: September 30, 2021 at 07:26 PM (#6042634)
would you like to buy any of Valerie Harper's four emmys? Well you can't. Apparently they can't be sold.
   30. Rally Posted: October 01, 2021 at 10:13 AM (#6042768)
Not only had I forgotten Tony was manager of the year, I didn’t remember who he would have been managing in 2003.
   31. SoSH U at work Posted: October 01, 2021 at 10:15 AM (#6042770)
Not only had I forgotten Tony was manager of the year, I didn’t remember who he would have been managing in 2003.


He was piloting the Royals through its single season of mediocrity in two decades of rancid play.

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