A Tampa man's sports cards and memorabilia collection raked in $21.5 million over the weekend, per USA Today.
State of play: The late Thomas Newman, a doctor, collected 1,000 baseball, football and hockey memorabilia items over 50 years before he died of COVID-19 complications in January.
Worth noting: These weren't all saved from his childhood. (Newman was 73.) Some of the items date back to the 1880s.
- He spent $2o,000 on a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth card in the '90s, which sold for more than $4.2 million — the most valuable item in the collection.
- Another Ruth card from 1916 sold for $1,452,000. A 1952 Mickey Mantle card got $2,112,200.
His wife had no idea what they were worth until he died.
"He was just a quiet collector. He didn’t brag about it to anybody. ... He’d get them out and play with them. He called them his 'paper babies.'"— Nancy Newman to USA Today Sports
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