When Florida neurologist Dr. Thomas Newman left the world of the living at 73 years old, he left a carefully curated collection of baseball cards to his family. The collection is worth over $20 million. Wow! According to Joe Orlando, chief executive officer of Collectors Universe, Newman’s collection “exhibits the kind of depth and level of quality that are rarely achieved.” The Insider has more details:
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It includes a Mickey Mantle rookie card from 1952 expected to sell for more than $1 million, and a mint condition Babe Ruth card from 1933 that Memory Lane expects to break the current record price of $5.2 million for a single baseball card.
“He jokingly called his cards his ‘paper babies,’ and spent almost every day attending to his collection in one way or another,” his wife Nancy Newman said in a statement released by the auction house. “It gave him such pleasure. The only reason he would ever sell a card was if he had acquired the same card in a higher grade.”
Memory Lane’s public online auction will take place from June 21 to July 10.
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