Curt Schilling's "Bloody Sock" Hits the Auction Block

Feb 18, 2013

So far Curt Schilling’s bloody sock has a highest bid of $32,500 in an online auction of this piece of baseball history. The sock is expected to go for more than $100,000.

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While on the mound during the 2004 World Series, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s ankle started to bleed. His blood-stained sock became an instant icon and the symbol of his career. Well, a failed videogame business and millions of dollars in debt later, a broke Schilling pulled the sock from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and put it up for auction.

Bidding started last month and wraps up Saturday with a live auction. Chris Ivy of Heritage Auctions says who knows what will happen in the final days with this one-of-a-kind piece.

“This piece has been exhibited in the Baseball Hall of Fame for years,” says Ivy, “it’s the embodiment of what I call the blood, sweat and tears that it took the Boston Red Sox to overcome the Curse of the Bambino.”

Ivy says the sock is in a temperature controlled vault in Dallas.

Rhode Island gave Schilling $75 million in guaranteed loans to lure his videogame company, 38 Studios, to the state. He defaulted on one of the first loan payments, sticking taxpayers with some $100 million in debt. Schilling is also on the hook for personal loans he took out to float the company.

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