One South Jersey family’s remarkable collection of sports memorabilia is ready for the public to see.
Long time collector Dr. Nicholas DePace, together with his father and his son, have been working on the project for years and with their refurbished building complete and memorabilia displays in place, the DePace Sports Museum had a soft opening Monday at 765 Haddon Ave. in Collingswood.
No matter what type of sports collector or fan you may be, there will be something in the non-profit museum to look at. After all, the DePace family owns over 5,000 items.
Included is a T206 Honus Wagner card with quite a story behind it, a Babe Ruth game-used jersey complete with a ‘fat strap’ to help the big man’s fit, the ringside bell that rang on Sept. 23, 1926 for the Jack Dempsey-Gene Tunney fight, memorabilia from the life of Joe DiMaggio (and Marilyn Monroe), Joe Frazier’s robe from the 1971 “Fight of the Century” against Muhammad Ali, multiple historic game-worn jerseys from all sports and dozens of other high-end items.
The total value of the collection is at least $30 million.
Philly Voice stopped by just as the museum was getting ready to open for visitors and offers an in-depth story and pictures.