PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Local sports memorabilia enthusiast, Greg Gehman, pulled an authentic Babe Ruth autographed out of a pack of Topps baseball cards at VSM Sports Card Outlet in Lancaster, PA. The autograph cut was inserted into a framed baseball card and was pulled from a pack of 2014 Topps Museum baseball cards, which Gehman purchased for $55. The card is estimated at $8,000 to $15,000, but could sell for higher because of the condition of the card.
Gehman has consigned the card with Wheatland Auctions Services in their monthly sports auction ending this Sunday, August 17th. The card was graded in GEM MINT condition with the autograph grading a nine out of 10, making it one of the nicest Babe Ruth autographs available on the market. Stacey Whisman, owner of Wheatland Auction Services who grew up in Red Lion, PA, was glad to see Gehman pull the card from a pack.
“Greg is one of the best people I know and always gives back in the community, so it couldn’t have gone to a more deserving person,” Whisman said.
VSM Sports Card Outlet and Wheatland Auction Services are located at 2160 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster near the outlets. Gehman is looking forward to watching the bidding on Wheatland’s internet auction this weekend, “I’ll be at home watching the bids come in and rooting for a bidding war on this one of a kind Babe Ruth autograph. Since I know and trust Stacey and her sports auction company, I was glad to consign it into the monthly sports auction.” Wheatland Auction Services has become one of the nation’s largest sports auction houses and is located right here in Lancaster, PA.
The auction that ends this Sunday has some of the rarest sports cards and autographs around, including many vintage sports cards and sets and autographs of legends such as Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Mike Trout, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Reggie White, Joe DiMaggio, and many more.
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