A series of charity auctions during the MLB Winter Meetings will raise money for a New Jersey youth baseball field in memory of former New York Mets public relations executive Shannon Forde and one will give a card collector a big, memorable moment.
One of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ auctions among more than 80 active as part of the Play Ball initiative will give the winner a chance to meet someone legendary in the history of baseball cards.
The winner of the auction as well as one guest will be able to hold and be photographed with the most-famous copy of the most-famous baseball card ever made — the PSA 8 T206 Honus Wagner owned by Diamondbacks Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick. Atop that, they will get two tickets to a Diamondbacks game, watch batting practice from the field, play a round of golf and spend two nights in a hotel before going home with a reprint of the Wagner card. (The real one previously sold for $2.8 million.)
Forde was a member of the Mets organization for more than 20 years before she died from breast cancer at age 44 back in March. A field in her hometown of Little Ferry, N.J., will be renamed in her honor after it is revitalized by the money raised by the auctions. The field will receive new “dugouts with protective fencing and benches, perimeter fencing, bleachers, backstop and scoreboard and field signs” according to MLB.
Among the auctions from several teams, which end on Friday, are chances to meet Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Ivan Rodriguez, Dale Murphy and Harold Baines among others. The auctions also include several experiences, which include filling out manager lineup cards, being a team photographer for a day, being a batboy or batgirl, honorary captain nods and even a chance to play catch for 30 minutes before a game in Wrigley Field.
To view all of the auctions and get even more details, visit www.mlb.com/shannon
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