Bill Madden collection auction closes Tuesday with legendary items

If you’re a younger collector, you may not know the name, but the memorabilia of a long-time (and Hall of Fame honored) sports writer is headed to the auction block.

He’s Bill Madden — fun fact for collectors is that he literally helped Donruss build its roster of Rated Rookies in 1984 Donruss — and a number of his treasures will be sold next week.

Among the more than 400 lots will be photos, programs, signed items, signed books, press pins and more from some of the biggest names in MLB history.

Many of the autographed items carry JSA authentication and most lots a hand-written note from Madden telling you how it was obtained.

Since the auction is off the radar a tad — at least not one of the traditional sports auction houses — prices are absolute bargain-basement levels right now (but probably won’t be by the time the auctions close on Tuesday). Check out the gallery below for a glimpse and then click here to get more details on the lots.

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