Baseball cards these days seem to be at a premium, but the extravagant collection of one Tampa doctor is about to be up for sale.
But those would-be Target shoppers might want to look elsewhere if they’re worried about paying too much for cards. According to a report from Fox 13 News in Tampa Bay, the collection is valued at more than $20 million with the leading card, a 1933 Babe Ruth Goudey card in good shape, expected to sell at more than $5.2 million.
The collection was owned by Dr. Thomas Newman, a neurologist in Tampa, who died in January at 73 from COVID-19.
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The record for the most expensive card ever sold at auction has not been around for that long. Last November, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sold for a record $5.2 million, according to a USA Today report.
In Fox 13’s report, JP Cohen, president of Memory Lane Inc., the vintage card collection company hosting the auction, the card is the only Ruth 1933 Goudey gum card that has been authenticated as having a 9 out of 10 rating. The report said that because of its combination of rarity and condition, it is expected to break the record.
Along with Ruth, other names found in his collection include Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams and Honus Wagner, as well as a 1952 Topps Mantle card that could sell for more than $1 million.
“[He] loved what he called his paper babies,” said Nancy Newman, Newman’s wife, according to Fox 13. “Since I knew him for 20 years, he’s done somthing with his collection every day.”