Tony Gwynn memorabilia to be auctioned

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LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. -- Just in time for the Padres home opener, an online auction featuring Tony Gwynn memorabilia launched Thursday morning.

Laguna Niguel auction house "SCP auctions" is featuring 105 one-of-a-kind items from now until Saturday, April 25.

Items include everything from jerseys, all star rings, signed bats and more unique items, including a custom-made acoustic guitar given to Gwynn by country singer Garth Brooks.

“He inscribed it and it says, 'Tony, thanks for making time for the kids, you are too cool man. God Bless – Garth Brooks,'" said SCP Vice President Dan Imler.

Each piece was donated by the Gwynn family and represents a milestone in the former baseball player’s life.

“This is Tony’s San Diego State game-worn basketball uniform,” said Imler as he pointed to Gwynn’s number 24 college jersey.

Another unique item up for auction is Gwynn’s first career contract with the Padres organization. It was signed and dated on June 16, 1981 for $7,200 a year.

“This contract here made Tony Gwynn a baseball player,” said Imler. “We have a little over 100 items and some of those items will be in the $100 range, some up to five figures ... $10,000.”

According to Imler, proceeds from the auction will go  towards the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation benefiting troubled youth.

For more information on the auction items, visit the SCP Auctions website.

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