The Cubs have won just three MVP awards since 1960, and one of them is going on sale to the highest bidder.
Dawson’s 1987 National League MVP will be auctioned on July 31 as part of the 2015 Goldin Auctions Summer Auction at the National Sports Collector’s Convention in Chicago.
The MVP Award was personally owned by Dawson and will be sold off for “practical purposes,” according to 670 The Score.
“This is about getting the proper compensation for these items before it becomes a family issue, years from now,” a source told The Score.
Dawson was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Montreal Expos, but his best season came with the Cubs in 1987, when he set career-highs with 49 homers and 137 RBIs. The Cubs finished in last place, but Dawson still won the award — one of four MVPs for a losing team in baseball history.
Here’s the details of the award trophy, according to Goldin Auctions: Measuring 16” in diameter the regal and dignified black lacquered oval award contains a Sterling silver octagonal plaque with “Kenesaw Mountain Landis Memorial Baseball Award” in raised letters circling a baseball diamond with a 10K gold bust of Major League Baseball’s first Commissioner and the 1921 and 1944 dates of his tenure extending from two ribbons. “Most Valuable Player National League” is in raised lettering beneath Landis’ image and “Andre Dawson Chicago Cubs is engraved on a bronze name plate above a golden baseball engraved with “1987” superimposed over two crossed bats. A green and white enameled Baseball Writers of America [BBWA] logo is positioned on top of the Sterling silver home plate. This is the actual award presented to Dawson in flawless condition and comes with a notarized letter of authenticity from Andre Dawson.
The minimum bid on the award is $25,000, and the estimated selling price is $100,000-plus, according to Goldin.
Also on sale at the auction will be Dawson’s 1982 Rawlings Gold Glove Award, 1987 Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat HR Crown and Dawson’s Final HR Baseball (#438 on 9-22-1996 off Xavier Hernandez).
Eighteen total items in Dawson’s personal collection will be auctioned, five of them live and 13 online.