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Willie, Mickey, Duke baseball among items at Bergen prosecutor’s sports memorabilia auction

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

SHOUT OUT: The baseball diamond will be Bergen County taxpayers’ best friend during a public auction this Saturday of confiscated sports memorabilia in Mahwah.

More than 250 lots will be offered, along with web-simulcast bidding will be available for those who can’t make it to the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute Hall of Heroes Auditorium, 281 Campgaw Road.

Among the treasured collectibles:

  • Baseballs autographed by Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Walter Johnson, Rogers Hornsby and Napoleon LaJoie;
  • A single ball signed by Willie, Micky and the Duke (Mays, Mantle, Snider);
  • Trading cards that include New York Giants manager John J. McGraw and Chicago infielder Johnny Evers (Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance).

Also available will be signed bats, cards, postcards, photographs, plaques and lithographs, as well as ballplayer’s cancelled checks, handwritten notes, letters and commemorative envelopes.

There will also be vintage jackets, hats, tins, programs, yearbooks, magazines and newspapers, as well as contracts, ticket stubs and more.

The collection once belonged to William Stracher, a former Paterson drug store owner who admitted laundering money for a prescription drug ring by buying the memorabilia.

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, who made the items available, said he hopes to raise a few hundred thousand dollars that will go into the county kitty.

The prosecutor said he authenticated the collectibles by enlisting a handwriting expert he saw on the TV show “Pawn Stars.”
START TIME: 11 a.m.
PREVIEW: 9 a.m.
MORE INFO: www.caspert.com / 201-871-1600
(Caspert Auctioneers & Appraisers)

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