Hall of Fame St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith won the Gold Glove 13 consecutive years from 1980 to 1992. The feat, which is unlikely to be repeated, was unprecedented and sparked an unprecedented sale. The trophies went for $519,203 when "The Wizard" put them up for auction in 2012. "The hallmark of his career was his defense," Imler says. "That run of Gold Gloves is really kind of an ultimate symbol." The fact that the 15-time All-Star won a World Series with the Cardinals in 1982 made the haul significantly more valuable, according to Imler.
"Cardinals fans are very passionate, and Cardinals collectors are very passionate," he says. "So there was a lot of competition for those."