SEATTLE—Former Orioles great Jim Palmer had his three Cy Young Award plaques hanging on his wall. His Gold Glove awards are in storage.
They’re mementos of accomplishments he will always remember and cherish, but Palmer says he didn’t need them to validate a 19-year Hall of Fame career.
Palmer isn’t in financial need, but said the sale of the trophies would help him care for his 15-year-old autistic stepson and his grandchildren. A portion of the profits will also go to the autism project of Palm Beach County.
“They’re hanging on my wall,” said Palmer, who was in Seattle to call the Orioles/Mariners series for MASN. “It seems like it could make more of a difference in other people’s lives instead of just hanging on my wall of my office. The Gold Gloves are in storage.”
Palmer said he once donated one of his Gold Gloves as part of an auction package to benefit a cystic fibrosis charity, but the winning bidder returned the award, wanting simply to donate to the cause.
Palmer won the AL Cy Young Award in 1973, 1975 and 1976. His 1976 and 1979 Gold Gloves are on auction.
According to the Hunt Auctions website, the Cy Young Awards carry an estimated value of $60,000 to $80,000 each and the Gold Gloves are estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 each. The items will be part of a live auction on July 10, but pre-auction bids can be made for the next week.
“If somebody doesn’t think they’re worth enough, they’ll still be on my office wall,” Palmer shrugged.