Doc Who Died of COVID Leaves Family $20M Baseball Card Collection
A Tampa, Florida, neurologist who died of complications from COVID-19 has given his family a batch of baseball cards estimated at $20 million to be auctioned off next month. Thomas M. Neumann, MD, passed away on January 29 at the age of 73 after 40 years of work as a board-certified neurologist and psychiatrist.
The Babe Ruth Card may fetch a world record price
Among his items going up at auction starting June 21 is the 1933 Babe Ruth Card which could become the most expensive card ever sold if it smashes, as auctioneers expect, the record of $ 5.2 million for a single card, according to an advertisement from Memory Lane Auctions. This record was set in January with an extension 1952 Tops Mickey Mantel PSA 9 CardAccording to ESPN.
The two Pep Roth cards and the Mickey Mantell card from the Thomas Newman collection could fetch millions at auction.
Another Baseball award-winning item is Mickey Mantle’s 1952 Flawless Rookie Card (Topps PSA 8) which is expected to sell for more than $ 1 million.
Some of the sports memorabilia in the collection date back to the 1880s, according to Information From the auction house.
In 1954, Newman moved with his family from Cleveland, Ohio, to Tampa for a family business: the JC Newman Cigar Company. Graduated from Vanderbilt Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, then he holds a Board Certificate in Neurology and Psychiatry.
He worked in Houston before returning to Tampa in 1984. At the time of his death, Newman was a managing partner and head of Neurology and was actively practicing with Brody Henkel, MD.
She told Newman’s widow Nancy Medscape Medical News He loved medicine and said, “I don’t think he was ever going to retire.”
She said there were “collection genes” on her husband’s side of the family.
“His father had the largest collection of Rolls Royce cars in the world before World War I,” she said.
She said Tom was a “quiet collector.” “He was never bragging. He was very humble.”
She said collecting the hobby and taking it that far was a way to use his mind differently from medicine in his spare time.
His many love included his family, his role as a doctor, his patients, partners, colleagues, and of course, sports. She said he played golf and was a marathon runner too.
“It was a traveling encyclopedia,” said Nancy Newman, adding that her husband’s fascination with science drove him to medicine.
According to the auction house, Newman’s son, Stuart, of Fort Lauderdale, said that in the 1980s he would travel every summer across the country with his father to attend the annual National Collector’s Athletic Convention.
Stuart Newman added that his father started collecting in the early 1980s.
Musical talent is one of his accomplishments
Newman liked music, too. Nancy said he had a perfect pitch, adding that he played both concert-level piano and trombone in a band.
Dr. Thomas Newman with his wife Nancy.
“He loved to entertain and we had a lot of fundraisers and corporate parties at home,” she said.
Said Judy Curtis. director of the practice of the Four Neurosurgeons Medscape, Medical News He used to play the piano at office Christmas parties.
Curtis described him as a “humble”, very special person, “an everyday man”.
“He was known in Tampa and was well respected,” she said. “His patients definitely loved him.”
From among whom Commented on his obituary He was ill wrote:
Dr. Neumann saved my life when I was 19 years old. I had gone to 3 different emergency departments over the course of 3 weeks and my diagnosis of “just a migraine” went on and sent home. Finally after my third emergency visit, someone suggested that I see Dr. Newman. 5 minutes after meeting him in his office, he admitted me to the hospital with a swollen brain. I remember him telling me that if I waited another day, I might not have survived. I will be 50 years old later this year and I can say that I wouldn’t even have reached 20 years if it weren’t for Dr. Newman. The world is a better place because it was in it. “
Doctor’s health and well-being
Curtis said that even though Newman stored some of his collection in the medical office, he didn’t talk about his hobby of work. She said he would get occasional small parcels, but he’d carelessly take them to his office.
“None of us really knew what was there or the value of anything,” she said.
The auction will close on July 10. During his lifetime, Dr. Newman has been the custodian of some of the most important historically. The cards, the iconic pillars of our hobby. Now is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add a piece of his legacy to their collections. ”
Baseball Marcia Frelick is a freelance journalist based in Chicago. She has previously written for the Chicago Tribune, Science News, and Nurse.com and was an editor for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and St. Cloud (Minnesota) Times. Follow her on Twitter at Embed a Tweet