The sale of a rare Babe Ruth could set a new world record.
The 1933 baseball card, which is in near-perfect condition, is being sold at an online auction at California-based Memory Lane from June 21 to July 10, and auctioneers predict it could break the $5.2 million world record price for any single sports card, according to Reuters.
The card previously belonged to Florida physician Thomas Newman, a collector of vintage and modern baseball, football, and hockey trading cards. He acquired the 1933 Babe Ruth card roughly two decades ago and left it, along with the rest of his impressive collection that spanned over 40 years, to his family after dying from COVID-19. The card will now be shared with the rest of the world.
"It is cool for his legacy that he put 40 years into collecting and he is getting the recognition that was probably overdue," said his son, Stewart Newman.
"He would want it to be an investment for the family's future," added his widow, Nancy Newman, of the decision to put the card up for sale. "He would probably love this. He wouldn't have asked for it, he wouldn't have brought attention to himself ... (but) I am sure he is looking down and is very happy with what's happening with the collection."
The 1933 Babe Ruth card will be auctioned off along with a 1916 Babe Ruth Sporting News rookie card, and a 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card. Commenting on the sale, JP Cohen, president of Memory Lane Auctions in Tustin, said the auction would include some rare gems.
"There are some amazing one-of-a-kind pieces that we, as a company who have been doing this over 20 years, have never seen before," Cohen said.
In 2019, a Babe Ruth jersey dating back to his New York Yankees days from 1928 to 1930, sold for a record $5.64 million at auction, USA Today reported. Ruth hit 714 home runs over his storied 22-year career — 15 of them with the Yankees.
"While the record-setting prices attained today are certainly astonishing, I am not surprised at all given the incredible materials and the mythical status the Babe holds in the history of this country," Hunt Auctions President David Hunt said in a press release at the time. The names of the seller and the buyer were not revealed.
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