For almost 40 years, Dr. Thomas Newman collected baseball cards, acquiring such sought-after cards as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and other legends. Now that Newman is dead, his collection is hitting the auction block — and experts are predicting it will bring in upwards of $20 million. J.P. Cohen, president of Memory Lane Auctions, says the 1933 Ruth is card is easily the most valuable. “It is the finest known of its kind,” Cohen says. “And we expect it to break the record of $5.2 million for any sports card.” He adds the Mickey Mantle card, which is in “near-mint condition,” could sell for more than $1 million. Bidding on the cards will be open from June 21st through July 10th on the Memory Lane Auctions website, Cohen says.
What’s the most valuable thing you own? What kind of joy does one get from owning a $5.2 million baseball card?