It’s a Cooperstown-worthy stash of Lou Gehrig memorabilia that against all odds, never made it to the Hall of Fame–or the open market.
The collection of items directly tied to baseball’s ever-popular Iron Horse will be sold this week during an auction held in conjunction with the National Sports Collectors Convention.
They were given to a former girlfriend of Lou Gehrig by the great Yankee’s own mother. Ruth Quick died several years ago, but her son Richard has cared for them quietly, appreciative of the history but ready to let go as he approaches age 70.
“They’re wonderful sports artifacts. I’d rather turn it loose into the collectible community,” he tells the New York Times for this story.
He also spoke with National Public Radio. Listen to the interview here.