They're sitting on some valuable memories. Sports stars from the past who were a part of history don't always give up their treasures. For many, they're tangible reminders of a great career, passed down to family members who display them with pride or donate them to local museums. Some keep them in storage waiting for the right time or not quite sure exactly what to do all of them.
For players and others who enjoyed long careers and had a little pack rat in them, it can be overwhelming as life goes on.
How do you divvy up your collection? Who gets the Cy Young Award and who gets the Hall of Fame ring?
For some, it's just a matter of making the decision to avoid making another decision. They call an auction house and liquidate.
The New York Times chatted with family members of Warren Spahn and Robin Roberts and with living players who have consigned their biggest pieces, like Bob Cousy and Bill Mazeroski. Read the story here.