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Ted Williams' major league memorabilia

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It's a sports collector's dream. Priceless memorabilia once used by hall of fame slugger Ted Williams is about to go on sale.

Locked away in storage for the past 10 years, the life of Ted Williams is once again seeing the light of day after his daughter Claudia decided to auction offf her father's greatest belongings.

"It's never easy for any family member to decide to do away with their relative's belongings, no matter if it's Ted Williams or anyone else," Hunt Auctions president David Hunt said.

Hunt is promoting the April auction by displaying Williams' 1949 most valuable player award and his 1957 silver batting championship trophy.

"There are many pieces here that have never been seen publically, not been seen or even known to exist," Hunt said.

Although Williams' head and body are reportedly preserved in liquid nitrogen, his family wants you to remember the baseball great for his Hoover High School days and illustrious military career.

"We've got a photo signed by General Douglas MacArthur," Hunt said.

And it's all for sale, including a baseball signed by Mickey Mantle to Williams that reads, "To Ted, my idol," a baseball signed by Reggie Jackson that reads "To Ted Williams, the greatest hitter of all time," and a picture signed by Jim Thorpe that reads, "To Ted Williams, the greatest baseball player of all time. Your friend, Jim Thorpe, 1952."

Ted Williams was also a member of the Fishing Hall of Fame, so some of his reels and hand-tied flies are also up for auction.

"You've got several trophies that he won for catching tournament fish. You've got an enormous vintage reel that he used to catch one of his trophy marlins," Hunt said.

Home run hitters will pay six figures or more for some of the pieces, but for as little as $100, you could get on base with a piece of the hall of famer's past.

The collection will be on display at the Hall of Champions for about the next month.

Ted Williams won six batting titles and was the last player in the major leagues to hit .400. He died in 2002.


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