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Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 20, 2020 04:20PM
... worth likely a few million dollars. Great story. [www.nj.com]

... would that we all had an Uncle Jimmy.




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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: hal
Date: June 20, 2020 04:23PM
Signed Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx... OMG!!!!!
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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 20, 2020 04:26PM
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hal
Signed Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx... OMG!!!!!

Yeah, I'm not a baseball fan myself, but I know enough to know that the fans/collectors must be losing their collective minds with a find of this kind. He had SIX signed Babe Ruth's... that's simply amazing.

Oh, and I can imagine that a collection / find of this kind is also historically important for a lot of reasons ... I can imagine that a place like Cooperstown might want a chunk of this collection too.

This is the part of the story I actually find the most heartwarming:

"Such a vast collection of rare signed vintage cards in such pristine condition is a testament to Micioni’s dedication to the hobby. Despite having signed cards from some of the most notable players in the history of the sport, Micioni never once stood in line or paid for an autograph, his family members said.

Instead, he would write long handwritten letters to teams and players, requesting autographs and including a return envelope. And, perhaps surprisingly to many modern-day autograph-seekers, many would acquiesce, including the Yankees, Micioni’s favorite team."




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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: June 20, 2020 04:52PM
There was a local woman whose father was a pitcher with the Yankees in the late 20's. She had balls signed by the whole world champion team, gloves and bats as well. She may have had the second-best baseball collection in town. All on a curio in her modest living room.

The best would have been from a decent player who was with the Red Sox, though it was all newer stuff. That belonged to some guy named Ted Williams. Another local retiree was Monte Irvin. He had a nice personal collection displayed in his Sports Card Shop. Much of his was from his days with the Negro Leagues.



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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: June 20, 2020 05:22PM
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There was a local woman whose father was a pitcher with the Yankees in the late 20's. She had balls signed by the whole world champion team, gloves and bats as well. She may have had the second-best baseball collection in town. All on a curio in her modest living room.

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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: June 20, 2020 05:40PM
Not to rain on anyone's parade, but the sports memorabilia biz has a shady history.
Even some "authenticators" have proven to be involved in fraud.
Hoping all goes well for the heirs of 'Uncle Jimmy'.

A Duck Search for "sports memorabilia fraud" turns up pages of story links.

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NBC News (2019) -
"Unfortunately, it's too easy a crime to commit," Tim Fitzsimmons, a retired FBI
agent, said. "And there are a lot of naive people out there. A lot of trusting people
out there."
In 2000, Fitzsimmons helped take down a nationwide counterfeiting ring that
made millions largely off the pen of a master forger who needed only blank balls,
bats and aged pieces of paper.
Today, the retired FBI agent estimates that roughly 50 percent of vintage sports
memorabilia on the market is fraudulent. Other experts put the figure closer to
80 percent.
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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 20, 2020 06:01PM
....Flowers.......in the Attic......???



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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: June 20, 2020 07:01PM
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MrNoBody
Not to rain on anyone's parade, but the sports memorabilia biz has a shady history.
Even some "authenticators" have proven to be involved in fraud.
Hoping all goes well for the heirs of 'Uncle Jimmy'.

A Duck Search for "sports memorabilia fraud" turns up pages of story links.

Quote
NBC News (2019) -
"Unfortunately, it's too easy a crime to commit," Tim Fitzsimmons, a retired FBI
agent, said. "And there are a lot of naive people out there. A lot of trusting people
out there."
In 2000, Fitzsimmons helped take down a nationwide counterfeiting ring that
made millions largely off the pen of a master forger who needed only blank balls,
bats and aged pieces of paper.
Today, the retired FBI agent estimates that roughly 50 percent of vintage sports
memorabilia on the market is fraudulent. Other experts put the figure closer to
80 percent.
{e/a}
[www.nbcnews.com]



2019 U.S. Postal Inspection report.

My understanding is that the authentication firm mentioned in the article in my OP is pretty reputable. (It helps that Uncle Jimmy apparently preserved everything pretty much immediately after he got it, and that he had and kept all sorts of supporting documentation, like letters and photos... even those are probably valuable, for historical reasons.)

If everything Uncle Jimmy kept is genuine, the fact that so many forgeries are apparently floating around would tend to make me think that his collection will turn out to be even MORE valuable.




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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: June 20, 2020 10:18PM
Classic Uncle Jimmy!



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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: MikeF
Date: June 20, 2020 10:44PM
And as a kid, who knows what potential million dollar baseball cards we just stuck into the spokes of our bikes using clothespins on the frame.
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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: June 21, 2020 03:04PM
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And as a kid, who knows what potential million dollar baseball cards we just stuck into the spokes of our bikes using clothespins on the frame.

Add to those the ones our mothers threw away.
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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 21, 2020 06:05PM
....or the ones you ate when you were hungry.......



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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: Acer
Date: June 21, 2020 10:17PM
I'm pretty sure nobody here put an autographed Babe Ruth card in their spokes.
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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 21, 2020 10:19PM
I love Baby Ruths.



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Re: Hoarders unite! Baseball collection found in attic...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 22, 2020 10:03AM
......I wonder what Rochester.......had in his attic......???



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