It’s probably safe to say the “Find of the Year” race is already over, at least when it comes to collections previously unknown to the hobby.
It’s pretty tough to top the Uncle Jimmy Collection.
We’ve written about the collection a couple of times since the discovery was announced. It’s since received mainstream media attention around the country.
The lifelong accumulation of baseball cards and memorabilia owned by Jimmy Micioni has generated attention thanks to its jaw-dropping contents that include multiple signed Babe Ruth baseball cards, not to mention albums full of other signed Goudeys, rare and high-grade vintage cards, programs and other items. All of it has now been authenticated.
Some has already been sold but the best stuff is still to come.
Micioni did it the old fashioned way, writing to players, buying packs and going to games since the Depression era. He never married and while he shared items and stories with other family members, it wasn’t until his death at age 97 earlier this year that they discovered the treasure trove he’d left behind.
ABC 27 in Lancaster, PA recently stopped by Wheatland Auctions, which is selling items from the collection over several upcoming sales. The first 600 items in their current auction are from Uncle Jimmy’s collection You can watch reporter Damon Turbitt’s story below.
The collection was also featured on CBS This Morning: