Baseball Card Collection Featuring Rare Babe Ruth Item Could Fetch $20M at Auction

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 17, 2021

Baseball cards of former New York Yankees player Mickey Mantle are displayed with other players at Lefty's Sports Cards, which closed for COVID-19 concerns, in Burlingame, Calif., Saturday, April 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

A baseball card collection worth an estimated $20 million is hitting the auction block after owner Dr. Thomas Newman died in January, per TMZ Sports.

Newman was 73 years old when he died from complications of COVID-19, but he had been collecting since the 1980s and secured cards of Honus Wagner, Ted Williams and Cy Young plus rookie cards for Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, among others.

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One item that especially stands out to Memory Lane Auctions president J.P. Cohen is the 1933 Goudey No. 53 card for Ruth.

"[It] is the finest known of its kind," Cohen said, "and we expect it to break the record of $5.2 million for any sports card."

Cohen also said the Mantle rookie card was given a near-mint grade and could go for over $1 million.

The bidding for the cards will run from June 21 to July 10 and could fetch quite a bit of money for Newman's estate.