One of the finest personal collections of game worn jerseys has been consigned to SCP Auctions for its upcoming catalog sale.
Arkansas attorney A. Delbert Mickel was a long-time collector who passed away in 2012. He owned some of the best quality authentic jerseys in the hobby including those worn by Hall of Famers such as Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn and Bob Gibson. However, his extensive holdings were more about telling the history of the game and many of his most valuable jerseys are rarities worn in the 1920’s and 30’s.
He owned other game-worn gear that will also be sold.
Mickel was a huge baseball fan whose efforts preceded the evolution of the modern, large-scale memorabilia market by decades.
“Delbert’s diligence, resourcefulness, and engaging personality enabled to him to amass a museum caliber collection beginning long before the internet-age simplified such pursuits,” the auction company stated. “Just as he did in all facets of his personal and professional life, Delbert made a profound and lasting impression on everyone who knew him throughout the baseball memorabilia collecting community. Delbert’s reputation for knowledge, experience and integrity made him one of the most admired collectors of all-time. His standards for quality and authenticity created an invaluable and lasting pedigree that endures with every jersey that ever qualified for inclusion in his esteemed collection.”
Approximately pieces of Mickel’s collection will be up for bid during SCP’s April 30-May 17 Spring Premier Auction with the remainder sold throughout the remainder of 2014.