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Schilling goes down memorabilia lane

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 7, 2011

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There’s no bloody sock. The Hall of Fame has that. But Curt Schilling’s collection of baseball memorabilia is still impressive and now he’s auctioning off some of his best items to raise money for Asperger’s Association of New England and Youthcare, two local autism charities that have helped Schilling’s son, Grant.

We caught up to the big lug yesterday (he and his wife, Shonda, still live with their family in Medfield), as the baseball auction got underway at www.huntauctions.com, as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star festivities. Among the more than 200 items from Schilling’s collection are baseballs signed by Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle, a Hank Aaron autographed bat, an autographed Baltimore Orioles’ Schilling jersey from early in his career, a baseball signed by some players from the Sox 2007 championship team and a 1998 Sox road jersey autographed by Nomar Garciaparra.

Q. Is it hard to let go of these things?

A. The other day it came to me. I am not going to display them. Some might start to get ruined. I don’t want that to happen.

Q. What’s your favorite item you’re auctioning off?

A. The hardest one to part with is the [Roberto] Clemente bat (pictured at right). He was the first player my father ever told me about. The first game my father took me to was his 3,000th hit. [As of today, bidding on the Clemente bat was at $6,050. It’s expected to fetch more than $15,000.]

Q. Why are you doing this now?

A. No reason. Every season, now and then, you’re getting stuff out. Half my collection was in storage in Philadelphia. I wanted to bring it up here, but there’s no room. Or I could do this, it seemed like the thing to do.

Q. As a kid, did you ever get a great autograph?

A. I got Dwight Evans’s autograph, my first autograph. It was 1975. That was the year baseball became so big for me. I kept a play-by-play of the World Series.

Q. Is there one piece of memorabilia you wish you’d held on to, because now you realize it would have been huge?

A. If you look at my collection, it’s a ton of stuff from players you might not remember. I collected from guys I played with and against.

Q. Did you ever think about holding on to the famous bloody sock rather than letting the Hall of Fame have it?

A. I probably could have gotten a pretty penny for that. The first one, from Game 6 against the Yankees, I threw away at Yankee Stadium. I had to pull it off and it stuck to the stitches and it got thrown away. I didn’t realize the uproar and outcry that followed until later.

Q. How’s 38 Studios, your new video game business?

A. We moved down [to Providence] in April. We just had the Super Bowl of the industry, in California. We were nominated for nine “Best of Shows.’’ We won three. Pretty amazing. No one expected it.

Q. A lot of people didn’t expect you to stick around Boston after retiring. But you’re still here.

A. It’s home. It’s where we wanted to be. I grew up on the West Coast. I like that there is community and neighborhoods here. The kids got used to it and comfortable with it.

DOUG MOST