Jose Canseco Would Like His Rangers Cap Back From Heritage Auctions, Please.
On May 4, Dallas' Heritage Auction Gallery will be auctioning off a huge collection of sports memorabilia belonging to Seth Swirsky, who, among other things, has amassed his wealth writing songs such as the Grammy-nominated “Tell It To My Heart” by Taylor Dayne.
“The premier piece is the Bill Buckner ball from the '86 World Series that went through his legs,” says Heritage Auction Gallery consignment director Jonathan Scheier. “We've also got Tom Seaver's '69 Mets jersey. We've got Reggie Jackson's third home run ball from the '77 World Series game six when he hit back-to-back-to-back home runs on the first pitch. We've got the ball that Babe Ruth hit to be tied to become home run king — which was, like, 138, and he finished with 714 so he outpaced that by quite a bit. We've got the letter that Kenesaw Mountain Landis wrote to 'Shoeless Joe' Jackson saying 'I'm not going to let you back into baseball.' We've got the petition that the 1920 Indians sent to Ban Johnson saying they refused to face Carl Mays again after Carl Mays killed Ray Chapman with a pitch to the head a week earlier. Those are the major ones.”
Maybe. But the piece that has got our attention most is a Texas Rangers ball cap. More specifically, it's the cap Jose Canseco wore in 1993, when a ball hit by the Cleveland Indians' Carlos Martinez bounced off Canseco's head and landed in the stands for a home run.
And we're not the only ones who have noticed the contents of Lot 81110.
Last night, Mr. Canseco himself posted a comment via Twitter saying that he was interested in re-obtaining his infamous ball cap.
Wrote Canseco: “My Rangers cap from the 4 Base Error header is in the Heritage auction right now would be great to get it back hope the bidding stays low.”
Note that Canseco also contends that the call on that play should have been that he made a four-base error and that Martinez's hit was not technically a home run — a point we actually see some validity in, which is more than can be said of most of Canseco's Twitter feed.
After all, you can so seriously take a man who tweets things like “I need an attorney pro bono my lanlord evicted me and would not let me take my chandeleers with me ,need your help to get them back.”
Still, we're gonna assume he was serious about buying back the baseball cap, even if it does stand as the most embarrassing moment of his professional career (the whole steroids thing aside). And he might have a chance to do so, as the cap, which is valued between $800 and $1,200 dollars currently sits at just $200 in early bidding.
But, we must say, it does seem rather odd that of all the storied baseball items boasted in the Heritage Auction collection, he's chosen to focus on that ball cap, of all things. Especially since it's not even the most prominent Canseco-related item the company currently holds.
“We have his Rookie of the Year award in this auction, too,” Scheier says. “Actually, I'm kind of surprised he wouldn't rather have that than the cap.”
Money may be an issue there: As opposed to the much-cheaper ball cap that Rookie of the Year trophy currently sits at $500 in its own auction.