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1930s Baseball Card Collection with Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Found in Yonkers, NY

(Photos, video & content courtesy of Just Collect, LLC &

Leighton Sheldon, sports card treasure hunter by day and owner of both Just Collect, LLC and Vintage Breaks, tells the winding story of one of the most interesting finds he made in 2021. This story unwinds in Yonkers, New York where a collector's dream come true when this vintage 1930's collection is revealed and purchased. Read on about the triumphant tale as told by Leighton Sheldon. The story also is accompanied by a youtube video you may enjoy watching! Enjoy!

In the 1930's, Reverend Dr. Gurney Gutekunst collected both sports and non-sport cards as a young kid in Detroit. After taking up an interest in cards and collectables, the Reverend Doctor lived an incredible life. In 1942, he joined the Army, then earned his Bachelor's degree in just two and a half years from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cambridge, became a Senior Pastor for his Church by 1967, and raised a wonderful family. That childhood card collection always remained with him through each new phase of life. When the Reverend Doctor passed away this year at the age of 96, he bequeathed those childhood cards from the 1930's to the family. The Reverend Doctor's daughter, Claire, isn't a card collector and wasn't sure what to do with the collection. This is where we at Just Collect are here to help.

After finding our FREE APPRAISAL on Google, Claire worked with our vintage card specialist, John. After seeing the images of the collection and hearing the story, John and Claire built a rapport. We offered for Claire to SHIP the collection to our office here in New Jersey so we could evaluate the cards in-person, but understandably, Claire was apprehensive due to the size of the collection. Claire did not want to travel to our office with the collection either but she was willing to invite myself and the Just Collect team out to her beautiful home in Yonkers, NY.

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