Curt Schilling's bloody sock is now up for the auction, and the sports memorabilia from the Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series run is expected to bring in a hefty chunk of change. The sale, though, won't be enough to pay off Schilling's debt for his failed video game company.
Curt Schilling is putting his bloody sock- not that bloody sock from Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees, but a different one from Game 2 against the Cardinals in the World Series- on the auction block come February. The more famous bloody sock was "unceremoniously discarded in a Yankee Stadium dumpster," according to Heritage Auctions, who is handling the sale.
This other sock is less prevalent now. It stands as a symbol of the 86-year-old Curse of the Bambino being broken, but ever since the Red Sox won another World Series in 2007, it has garnered less value. While selling the sock a few months after could have pulled in a fortune, it's now estimated to bring in close to $100,000.
"I do expect the bidding to be very spirited," Chris Ivy, director of Heritage Auctions, told the Associated Press.
The reason for Schilling auctioning his prized sock and other sports and World War II memorabilia is to pay off a huge debt- over $10 million- for his failed video game company, 38 Studios. 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy last year, and since Schilling personally guaranteed the loans himself, he is on the hook for all the money.
"I made commitments and singed documents to take responsibility for loans should the company fail, and it did, so I owe money that I'm trying to pay back," Schilling told The Boston Herald. The former star pitcher sank $50 million of his own money into the business.
Also up for auction are Schilling's Lou Gehrig hat from 1927 and much of his World War II collection. He is looking to sell his mansion in Medfield, and his $2.6 million rare coin set has already been sold.
The sock was bloody because of stitches Schilling bled through during the fateful ACLS and World Series games. Bidding for the item begins online Feb. 4, with the bidding concluding Feb. 23-24.