One of the six autographed 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards from the “Uncle Jimmy Collection” at Wheatland Auctions sold Sunday night for $153,400.
There are five more still to be sold.
Several other vintage sets, single cards, lots, old Yankees programs and other memorabilia from the late collector’s New Jersey home also found new homes.
The next auction featuring items from the collection will go live on July 26 and will close on August 30. That event will feature 170+ signed 1933 Goudeys, including two more from the incredible group of six Ruth cards that were consigned after Jimmy Micioni passed away at age 97 earlier this year. He left behind a collection that had been assembled during his entire life.
Fox 43 stopped by Wheatland’s Lancaster, PA offices to get an up close look at some of the gems.
It’s of the oldest sports card shops in the country. Owner Joe “Rock” Ruocco grew up in New York, but went to Kansas for college and never went back to the east coast. He opened “Rock’s Dugout” in 1977 inside a bowling alley in Wichita. He later changed locations—to another bowling facility in town.
The local public radio station paid him a vist and you can read and listen to their story here.
Who doesn’t like looking at a nicely displayed collection? The Hall of Very Good’s new HOVG Cribs YouTube segment takes you inside the lower level of one avid collector’s home for a five-minute tour.
Some former University of Michigan team managers and a couple of former Wolverine basketball players have gone into business selling memorabilia directly to fans and collectors.
The Players Trunk launched at the beginning of this month, with several former players on board. Some are former UM athletes but those who played elsewhere are also on board, offering items from their own “trunks” on the website. As of Monday, hundreds of items were listed, with many already sold.
The players, who were apparently allowed to keep their game-used jerseys, shoes, school clothing and other memorabilia during their careers, can directly profit from the the new website.