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Time running out to bid on All-Star memorabilia

Time running out to bid on All-Star memorabilia

Time running out to bid on All-Star memorabilia
The 836-pound All-Star Crown Statue that was autographed by Grand Marshal George Brett and about 70 players, managers and coaches at the start of a parade route to last week's Midsummer Classic in Kansas City was up to $11,200 in bidding at MLB.com/auction.

It is one of five Crown Statues that were placed around Kansas City for All-Star Week, and proceeds from this one go to Habitat for Humanity, Major League Baseball's partner in assisting tornado-stricken communities in Joplin, Mo., and across Alabama. There are three other statues up for bidding, and that is just a start of what is still available in MLB.com's first live auction, which was conducted throughout All-Star events, including the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, the Taco Bell Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, the State Farm Home Run Derby and the 83rd All-Star Game.

Bidding closes Monday night, from 9-11 p.m. ET depending on the items listed. Here are some of the highlights for the last-minute collectors wanting some history:

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Prince Fielder home run ball: The Tigers' first baseman won his second Home Run Derby, and you can own the 11th ball he crushed for a home run during the final round at Kauffman Stadium. You might also want to thank whoever was kind enough to give this one up for MLB Authentication.

Wil Myers game-used batting helmet: A lot of buzz in Kansas City centered on the Royals' phenom, who was leading all of professional baseball in homers at the break. He wore this for the victorious U.S. team during the Futures Game.

Robinson Cano Gold Ball: The American League captain in the Home Run Derby was homerless amid a shower of boos from Royals fans, who wanted Billy Butler on his team. The Gold Ball, thrown by Cano's father, was the 10th and final out in that first-round effort, and the ball was approaching four figures as of Wednesday afternoon, with 11 bids to date.

Jose Bautista batting gloves: The Blue Jays' slugger wore these as he put up a valiant effort against Fielder in reaching the Derby finals. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Bautista Family Education Fund.

Justin Verlander game-used ball: Bid on a ball that that AL starter Verlander threw to National League shortstop Rafael Furcal in the first inning of the All-Star Game. It was a big inning, with the NL scoring five runs, and Furcal was the last out of the frame.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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