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Invaluable Partners with Hunt Auctions for Interactive Live Online Bidding on the 12th Annual Live Auction at All-Star FanFest®

Items from the Tony Gwynn Collection, a 1966 Sandy Koufax Professional Model Home Jersey, a 1953 Jackie Robinson professional model baseball bat and more to be offered at auction on July 12, 2016

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:15 am EDT

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BOSTON
"The Midsummer Classic is always a highlight of the baseball season, and we know sports fans and baseball enthusiasts will be coming out in full force for the chance to own some of the rare and exceptional pieces being featured in the auction this year."

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, today announced that it is once again partnering with Hunt Auctions to offer interactive live online bidding on the 12th Annual Live Auction at All-Star FanFest ® taking place on July 12 at 10:30am PDT at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Bidders can view the full collection on Invaluable.com and bid online in real-time during the live auction, as well as on the Invaluable mobile app.

The sale will feature more than 435 lots of rare baseball memorabilia, including a select grouping of items from Tony Gwynn’s personal collection, which will headline the auction. Highlights from the collection of the Hall of Fame outfielder include his 1984 and 1998 San Diego Padres ® NL™ Championship rings (estimated at $50,000-$100,000 each), along with his 1988 and 1989 NL Batting Championship Silver Bat awards (estimated at $40,000-$60,000 each). Other highlights include Tony Gwynn’s 1986 Gold Glove Award (estimated at $40,000-$60,000), his 1986 and 1995 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards (estimated at $15,000-$25,000 each) and his 2001 Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award (estimated at $10,000-$20,000).

“Tony Gwynn embodied all that is good with the game of baseball. His commitment to the craft of hitting, his teammates, the fans of San Diego, and numerous charitable causes were unwavering and without equal,” said David Hunt, President, Hunt Auctions. “We are honored and humbled to be working with Gwynn family to share some of Tony’s treasured pieces with his many fans and to celebrate the life of a true icon within the game of baseball.”

A portion of the auction proceeds from the Tony Gwynn collection items will go to the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, whose focus has been to help assist those programs that enhance the opportunity for children to become healthy, educated, emotionally stable, productive citizens by providing the best quality education and housing opportunities available.

In addition to the Tony Gwynn Collection, another top highlight from the auction is a 1966 Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers ® professional model home jersey (estimated at $150,000 - $300,000). The cream colored flannel jersey is being offered for the first time publicly. The shirt dates to Koufax’s legendary 1966 season in which he earned a record of 27-6, led the Dodgers to the NL pennant, won his 3rd NL Cy Young Award, and retired at the end of the season. This jersey has been graded A9 by MEARS Authentication.

Additional notable items being featured in the auction include a 1953 Jackie Robinson professional model baseball bat (estimated at $50,000 - $100,000), “Smoky” Joe Wood’s 1912 Boston Red Sox ® World Championship medallion (estimated at $40,000 - $60,000) and a 1927 New York Yankees ® team autograph display piece (estimated at $25,000-$50,000). Other important pieces in the sale include a Lou Gehrig professional model baseball bat c.1930-32 (estimated at $7,500-$15,000), a 2011 Derek Jeter New York Yankees game worn road jersey (estimated at $7,500-$10,000), a Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed baseball c.1927 (estimated at $15,000-$25,000) and a 1980 Tony Taylor Philadelphia Phillies ® World Series ® ring (estimated at $10,000-$15,000).

“I am very excited to be partnering with Hunt Auctions for the third year in a row to expand the reach of the 12th Annual Live Auction at All-Star FanFest® to online bidders around the world,” said Rob Weisberg, Invaluable CEO. “The Midsummer Classic is always a highlight of the baseball season, and we know sports fans and baseball enthusiasts will be coming out in full force for the chance to own some of the rare and exceptional pieces being featured in the auction this year.”

For more information and to bid online in the upcoming live auction through Hunt Auctions, please visit www.invaluable.com.

About Invaluable
Invaluable is the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles. Working with more than 4,000 of the world’s premier auction houses, dealers and galleries, Invaluable helps buyers from 200 countries connect with the things they love. With best-in-class online bidding technology, along with a fixed-price retail platform, Invaluable provides sellers with e-commerce and marketing solutions, as well as auction management software. Recently called “one of the fastest growing e-commerce sites in the art world” by Blouin ArtInfo, Invaluable has also been recognized by Deloitte’s 2015 Technology Fast 500™ and the 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® program. Headquartered in Boston, Invaluable also has offices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia. For more information, visit www.Invaluable.com or follow us on Twitter at @InvaluableLive.

About Hunt Auctions
Exton, Pennsylvania based Hunt Auctions has been a leader in the sports memorabilia auction industry for 24 years. Numerous former players and their families have trusted their collections with Hunt Auctions including Ted Williams (HOF), Joe DiMaggio (HOF), Whitey Ford (HOF), Curt Flood, Leo Durocher (HOF), Robin Roberts (HOF), Earl Weaver (HOF), Commissioner Bowie Kuhn (HOF), Warren Spahn (HOF), Johnny Bench (HOF), Johnny Unitas (HOF), Gale Sayers (HOF), Tony Dorsett (HOF), Tony Gwynn (HOF), Clem Labine, Mickey Vernon, Jake Pitler, Thurman Munson, Roy Campanella (HOF), Harmon Killebrew (HOF), Bill Mazeroski (HOF), Kent Tekulve, Steve Blass, Johnny Pesky, Charles “Kid” Nichols (HOF), Jim Palmer (HOF), Bucky Walters, Walter Johnson (HOF), Bill McKechnie (HOF), Willie Mosconi, Randall Cunningham, Joe Frazier and Norm Van Brocklin (HOF). Hunt Auctions is also the Official Auction Company of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Official Auctioneer of Major League Baseball ® All-Star FanFest ® . Hunt Auctions has worked with numerous institutions to include National Football League, Philadelphia Phillies ®, Pittsburgh Pirates ® , Baltimore Orioles ® , Boston Red Sox ® , Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Chicago Bulls, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and Baseball Assistance Team.

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The collection of Tony Gwynn, including his 1986 Gold Glove Award, will headline the 12th Annual Live Auction at All-Star FanFest®, with online bidding offered by Invaluable.com. (Photo: Business Wire)
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Invaluable:
Colleen McCormick, 617-746-9825
cmccormick@invaluable.com
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Hunt Auctions:
Jennifer Sherlock, 609-369-3482
jsherlock@jennacommunications.com