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Florida man who died from COVID-19 left his family baseball cards worth $20M

A Florida doctor who died from COVID-19 complications in January left his family a lot of baseball cards worth $20 million.

Dr. Thomas Newman’s treasure trove — featuring cards of Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig — is going to be auctioned off.

More than 1,000 baseball, football and hockey cards dating back to 1880 will be for sale to the highest bidder.

“One of the 1933 Babe Ruth cards (Goudey #53, PSA 9) in this collection is the finest known of its kind and we expect it to break the record of $5.2 million for any sports card,” said JP Cohen, President of Memory Lane Auctions.

“Prices for rare, historic items have exploded in the collectibles market.”

A ball signed by the Great Bambino and a Mickey Mantle rookie card — which is expected to fetch $1 million — are also among the offerings.

“No one enjoyed collecting more than Tom,” said his widow, Nancy Newman.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2021 at 11:37 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Adam Starblind Posted: May 21, 2021 at 01:18 PM (#6020074)
It's not fair to call him a "Florida man" just because he died of COVID.
   2. Darren Posted: May 21, 2021 at 04:02 PM (#6020118)
Oh Florida man.
   3. The Duke Posted: May 21, 2021 at 04:14 PM (#6020123)
“Florida man”. - sounds like what the archaeologists use. Cro-Magnon man or cheddar man.
   4. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: May 21, 2021 at 04:39 PM (#6020130)
200 million 1988 Fleer commons, valued at 1 cent each...
   5. Ron J Posted: May 21, 2021 at 06:34 PM (#6020146)
#4 I was going to suggest he cornered the market on Chris Davis cards.
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 21, 2021 at 07:31 PM (#6020162)
200 million 1988 Fleer commons, valued at 1 cent each...

That only gets you to $2M.

I'd put my figurative money on billions and billions of 1988 Donruss commons. There's more of that in the universe than there is hydrogen.
   7. they sit at the same 57i66135 and eat sometimes Posted: May 21, 2021 at 10:52 PM (#6020186)
200 million 1988 Fleer commons, valued at 1 cent each...
I'd put my figurative money on billions and billions of 1988 Donruss commons. There's more of that in the universe than there is hydrogen.
score!
   8. Brian C Posted: May 21, 2021 at 11:19 PM (#6020191)
1988 was the year my brother and I switched to Donruss from Topps. For whatever reason, we thought of Donruss as some really cool sh*t back in those days.

You know what holds up though? Those 1987 Topps cards are still gorgeous.
   9. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: May 22, 2021 at 12:15 AM (#6020205)
eeewwww, fake wood. If you're going to go with 80s Topps, at least go with 86 and the awesome lettering.
   10. Brian C Posted: May 22, 2021 at 12:58 AM (#6020210)
What? That's insane. Those '87 cards were easily the best baseball card design of the decade.

Topps '80s designs, ranked:

1987
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huge gap
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1982
1980
1984
1985
1981
1986
1989
1988
1983
   11. McCoy Posted: May 22, 2021 at 08:04 AM (#6020214)
1987 Topps looked atrocious but then again Topps cards tended to look atrocious.
   12. McCoy Posted: May 22, 2021 at 08:06 AM (#6020215)
The nicest sets of a bad decade have to be 1983 and 1984.
   13. dejarouehg Posted: May 22, 2021 at 08:58 AM (#6020220)
Most of us like the design from when we started collecting. For me, 71-74 was great with 71 being the most memorable. 75 was ok but then Topps started a general slide that it did not recover from (IMO) until the mid 00's.

I did like 86 and 85 a little bit. 83 was fun because of the rookies. I hate the wood look of 87 (like 62) which started a truly dreadful run that I only viewed in hindsight, having stopped collecting from 78-2015, notwithstanding a quick burst during the junk wax peak of 1988-91, (anyone interested in 25000 Greg Jeffries rookie cards?) and subsequently backfilling pre-71 and sporadically pre-2015. I also like 1990. That Griffey card always looked great.

I do look forward to seeing the art of the new base set card each year but it usually seems to disappoint and often hard to distinguish between previous seasons.

With a couple of exceptions, the run between 2005 and 2014 was pretty good.

https://www.cardboardconnection.com/evolution-topps-baseball-cards-1951-2017

If you read some of the comments from this site, you truly understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.......and that's not such a bad thing.
   14. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 22, 2021 at 10:39 AM (#6020225)
1988 was the year my brother and I switched to Donruss from Topps. For whatever reason, we thought of Donruss as some really cool sh*t back in those days.

1988 Donruss did have the short-print Gregg Jefferies rookie card which was an insanely big deal c.1988-89 until Ken Griffey Jr came along and said, "Here. Hold my nerve tonic."


Those '87 cards were easily the best baseball card design of the decade.

I'm not particularly a fan of any of the 1980's Topps designs. 1987 left the player positions off the card front which was an interesting choice. My two favorite Topps designs are 1965 and 1977.


I also like 1990.

Check your temperature. My opinion has barely changed in 31 years. Bizarre color combinations. Dreadful printing quality. Card backs about as garish as you can come up with in 3 colors. My thinking at the time was, "THIS pile of cardboard crap is how Topps intends to compete with Upper Deck?!?"

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