Some are left wondering if Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith is now broke after selling all of his gold gloves and some other awards he was given as gifts by the St. Louis Cardinal’s after his playing days.
Smith auctioned off all 13 of his gold glove awards he earned in consecutive years between 1980 and 1992. According to SCP Auctions, the set of gloves sold for $519,203 on Sunday.
Smith also gave the auction house two World Series rings he was given as a gift after the Cardinal’s won championships in 2011 and 2006. The 2011 ring fetched $51,364, and his 2006 ring went for $42,448.
If Smith is in the need for cash, he hasn’t let it be known. In October when he announced he was selling the awards, and it was part of some strategic “estate planning.”
SCP charged Smith a 20% commission on the items sold, and they said that the buyers would remain anonymous.
Smith played for the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals from 1978 to 1996. Nicknamed “The Wizard” for his defensive brilliance, Smith set major league records for career assists, 8,375, and double plays, 1,590, by a shortstop who was later surpassed by Omar Vizquel, as well as the National League (NL) record with 2,511 career games at the position.
A 15-time All-Star, he accumulated 2,460 hits and 580 stolen bases during his career, and won the NL Silver Slugger Award as the best-hitting shortstop in 1987. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2002.
In 1999, he ranked number 87 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and finished third in voting at shortstop for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. Smith has also been honored with induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and the St. Louis Walk of Fame, and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Cal Poly.