A fresh batch of professional sports memorabilia will be a just a small sample of the hundreds of items that will be up for auction during Saturday morning’s Cherry Pie Auction.
This year’s 41st annual occasion will include its high-valued sports items at the Adams Street Community Center. One of those items is a baseball signed by all members of last year’s National League All-Star team that played in the MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher and former Brownwood High School graduate Shelby Miller and his father Mitch donated the baseball. Shelby Miller was a member on last year’s NL All-Star team as a member of the Atlanta Braves before being traded in December.
The auction — coming off a record year in which it raised $20,867 for youth sports, said Parks and Recreation Director David Withers. — will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the building located at 511 E. Adams St. It will also be broadcasted live on KOXE 101.3.
As its tradition, the auction’s proceeds will go toward equipment, umpire costs and helping lower registration costs and fees for programs like Cen-Tex Soccer Association and baseball and softball programs.
“The money goes a long way for these kids and allows for more of them to participate each year,” Withers said.
Though the auction has consistently outdone its collected funds each time in recent years, Withers said he had “no idea” that last years would do that well.
Dallas Cowboys items will also be up for bid. A few of the autographed footballs will include one from Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and former Brownwood Lions standout Jaxon Shipley, who was in town this past weekend to sign the items.
Withers said additional auction items will include automotive coupons, carpentry tools and sports apparel.
“A little bit of everything,” he said. “This can be a nice deal for everyone with some sweet deals.”