Florida Man Who Died Of COVID-19 Left Family Incredible $20M Baseball Card Collection

Glen Mills, PA/USA - July 30, 2019: An assortment of baseball cards.


Baseball cards continue to skyrocket in price as the collectibles market booms, but one family could never have imagined what their loved one would leave behind.

Dr. Thomas Newman, a Florida doctor who died of COVID-19 complications back in January, left his family his insane baseball card collection.

According to FOX News, the card collection had more than 1,000 cards and filled up an 18-foot U-Haul truck.

In total, the collection is worth a whopping $20 million.

“One of the 1933 Babe Ruth cards (Goudey #53, PSA 9) in this collection is the finest known of its kind and we expect it to break the record of $5.2 million for any sports card,” said JP Cohen, President of Memory Lane Auctions.

“Prices for rare, historic items have exploded in the collectibles market.”

The collection includes cards of Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig, a Mickey Mantle rookie card, and a ball signed by Babe Ruth.

“No one enjoyed collecting more than Tom,” his widow, Nancy Newman, said.

“He jokingly called his cards his ‘paper babies,’ and spent almost every day attending to his collection in one way or another. It gave him such pleasure. The only reason he would ever sell a card was if he had acquired the same card in a higher grade.”

Never let anyone tell you that collecting cards is a waste of time and money.

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