Mickey Newsome’s business is sporting goods. He’s chairman of the board for Hibbett Sports Inc., a large chain based in Birmingham but he’s also apt to use some of those same type of items to gather autographs. Newsome is a big time collector of sports memorabilia, especially autographs.
Connections in the equipment industry have helped, but he’s also beaten the bushes for four decades, visiting flea markets, garage sales, antique malls and other spots where there might be a treasure lurking. He even packs new, official baseballs with him on out of town trips just in case he runs into someone famous (he’s got a story to tell from just a few months ago).
He has much of it displayed in the company’s offices…hundreds of items from every sport you can think of.
He has a check signed by Joe DiMaggio, a baseball glove signed by Whitey Ford, virtually every Sports Illustrated, old baseball player contracts, college fight song records, a bag of dirt from behind home plate in the original Yankee Stadium and seats from Wrigley Field.
Conference rooms at Hibbett are named after famous sports figures and terms.
Newsome chatted with AL.com about his collection and they showed off some of it through photos and video. Check it out here.