Geddy Lee Auctioning Part Of His Baseball Memorabilia
If you don’t already know, Rush‘s Geddy Lee is a collector. A major collector of bass guitars, wine, and baseball memorabilia. He was on Dan Rather’s show on AXS The Big Interview and you get to see both his baseball and bass collection. They both have their own rooms in his house. Check it out if you haven’t seen it – click here.
Geddy walks Rather through his baseball collection, but after seeing it collection might not be a big enough word. Geddy Lee’s mass of baseball memorabilia might describe it a little better. He’s been collecting this stuff for most of his adult life but has decided to move on from a bit of his baseball collection. Chad Jennings from The Athletic has a great story about Geddy’s baseballs and inside the article, Geddy tells a story about one specific ball he has.
Going to auction will be some incredible pieces from Lee’s collection including balls signed by JFK, FDR, and the Beatles from their Shea Stadium Show! A Mickey Mantle-signed bat is one item up for grabs. You might ask yourself why he’s moving on from pieces he worked so hard to get and build an astonishing collection. Geddy had a great quote in the Athletic article, “Baseballs, nobody owns them. They’re like houses. You take care of them for a while, and then they move on to the next person, the next custodian.”
The auction will fetch a lot of money. A signed Hank Aaron Braves jersey is valued between $500,000 to $1 million. A Lou Gehrig-signed bat is $400,000 to $600,000. Many of the baseballs are believed to be worth over $100,000 each. The baseball signed by all four Beatles (Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr) during their Shea Stadium appearance is valued at nearly $300,000. The whole collection is amazing, but to do it justice take a look at the interview with Dan Rather. It’ll give you an appreciation for how big Geddy Lee’s collection is, and how hard it must’ve been to come across all that stuff.