An original 1927 International News photo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig just before the start of their famous barnstorming tour as World Series champs sold for $8,442 in RMY Auctions’ March catalog early Sunday.
The photo, which still carries the original caption on the back, shows Gehrig and Ruth in their “Larrupin’ Lous” and “Bustin’ Babes” uniforms with business manager Christy Walsh in the middle.
A 1904 Charles Conlon image of Christy Mathewson sold for $4,765 in the same auction.
Alexander Ovechkin is a collector. While you probably won’t find him wandering the aisle at the next Washington area card show, the Capitals superstar and future Hall of Famer keeps just about everything from his career, according to this story from the Washington Post.
Bob Engel, a successful and highly regarded major league umpire before he was forced to retire in 1990, died late last week. He was famously arrested for shoplifting four boxes of 1990 Score trading cards from a Target store in his hometown of Bakersfield, CA at the height of a major boom in the card industry. Prosecutors later added another shoplifting charge where cards were involved. He was suspended and then resigned.
Engel pleaded guilty and wrote a letter of apology that was read in court but didn’t serve any jail time.
Michael Rubin, the billionaire owner of sports memorabilia and apparel giant Fanatics, is making a bid to buy the Carolina Panthers, according to an ESPN report. Fanatics sells licensed gear and has expanded into collectibles where it has several autograph deals with several star players across all sports.
The NFL owns a three percent stake in Rubin’s company, which now has a value of $4.5 billion. Rubin already owns a stake in the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers. At 45, he’d be among the youngest NFL owners should a deal go through.
The National Sports Collectors Convention was held there in 2016 and will return in 2020, but there will be a sports card show along the beach near Atlantic City this year. Ocean City, New Jersey is organizing a show that will take place April 28-29 and feature vendors as well as autograph guests. Not many details have been revealed yet but you can see the city’s post about it here.