Tony Gwynn's NL title ring, gold glove award going up for auction

Posted at 1:03 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 16:05:47-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Two prized pieces of San Diego sports history will be placed up for auction this week.

Two awards belonging to San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn are going on the auction block Tuesday, according to listings from SCP Auctions.

Gwynn's 14-karat gold 1998 National League Championship ring and Rawlings Career Gold Glove award are available for bidders starting at 10 a.m. Bids for each item begin at $2,000.

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The reasoning behind the memorabilia auction was immediately clear.

In 2018, the Gwynn family's Poway home was put up for auction, with bids starting at $2.2 million, but failed to sell.

While Gwynn's skills earned him a spot in the MLB Hall of Fame and millions over his career, bad investments forced him to file bankruptcy in 1987.

Last year, the Gwynn family settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed, but Gwynn's family said the “matter has been resolved to all parties’ satisfaction."

Gwynn died from salivary gland cancer in 2014. The disease was believed to have been caused by smokeless tobacco.