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Wife tells man to sell 50-years worth of Yankees memorabilia

Jul 24, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

Gotta tell ya, I am in love with Fran and Harvey here. I love that she hasn’t been in the basement in eight years. I love that he’s so giddy about his memorabilia. I love that they have side-by-side recliners in their living room. I want to move in with these two. Read about them here if you can’t watch the video.


  1. shawon0meter - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Awesome. That video put a smile on my face.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      man should sell wife not Yankee stuff.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Is that wise man vernacular or cave man vernacular?

        I like the idea of the caveman.

  2. chill1184 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    ….and thats why NOT to get married. You dont just tell a man to sell off his sports memorabilia collection

    • baseballici0us - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Clearly you didn’t watch the video or read the story.

    • yahmule - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      That’s not the only reason you won’t be getting married, pal.

      • midjerseyfatcat - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        As they say: Before you get married you KNOW what you like. After you are married you are TOLD what you like. This is the reason this man is a “wise man” IMO. He is getting old and knows he doesn’t have too much longer to live. He can turn it in for a good buck now while he is alive so why not? He was and still is the envy of all his friends because of all the “Yankee Gold” that he owns and can now sell it all and still be known as the man who “had it all”. I live a few miles from where he lives and never knew of all his treasures. Looking at an item once owned by one of the many Yankee stars allows anybody to take a break from all of your daily problems and dream. This guy is one lucky guy is all I can say. I want to get his address go there in hopes of just to look at all of his treasures before the sell begins. I would be willing to pay $100.00 just to browses an talk to him but I bet he had many offers like that before.

    • jarathen - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      My grandfather-in-law died two years ago with rooms in his basement full of Yankees and U of Iowa stuff. He didn’t take it with him.

      It’s fun to keep stuff so long as you enjoy it, but too many people just collect out of compulsion until these things take up more of their lives and space than they should warrant.

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        grandfather- in- law, I have enough family that I don’t need extras that come with marriage.

    • bigharold - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      “….and thats why NOT to get married.”

      She gives him the garage AND the basement, .. and she hasn’t been in the basement in 8 years, .. Fran is my nomination for wife of the century.

  3. yankeefanincolo - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Great story! While I don’t have anywhere near as much Yankee memorabilia, I get the same feeling when I look at what I have. And what is it about wives? Ever since I remarried six years ago, she’s been after me to get rid of my Yankee stuff!

    • bigharold - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      “And what is it about wives? Ever since I remarried six years ago, she’s been after me to get rid of my Yankee stuff!”

      It’s only the beginning. After that she’ll tell you you drink too much, .. your crude humor really really isn’t funny, dress like a slob, ..

      Wives are never satisfied. No matter what the issue is, “.. everything would be fine if you, (the husband), would just change.”

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      maybe you married a Red Sox fan.

  4. hdhuntercbc - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Reblogged this on chimentoblog and commented:
    wow…that is a seriously awesome collection! I love the fact that the wife has stayed out of the basement for the last 8 years. She understood that the basement was his home away from home. When Harvey spoke about his collection and how it reminds him of the days back in the Bronx, you can see him light up like a kid again. With all that is going on in baseball today, we need to remember that baseball is an innocent, fun and exciting sport played by all. Go Sox!

  5. jayscarpa - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    It’s like a mini Hall of Fame – I’d pay to see his basement.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      It’s probably easier to get to.

  6. baseballici0us - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Now THAT, that is a unbelievable baseball fan right there. Good for him.

  7. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Somebody’s gotta tell him that collecting 50 yrs worth of anything doesn’t make up for the fact that he’s got a small unit.

    He should listen to his wife.

    • Anoesis - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      You certainly seem to be an expert on big dicks.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Yes, my own.

        Other than that, don’t know what you’re getting at sport.

      • yahmule - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        I gotta hand it to you, turd. You really seem to have a grip on the situation.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Not at all, its the ladies who always get the grip on my situation.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    If he was a bluejay fan I bet she wouldn’t even notice he was a collector mlb memorabilia. Want a real quick read? Try the bluejays greatest moments, you will be thru that book in 10mins tops!

  9. yahmule - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    I want the Babe Ruth baseball.

  10. sailbum7 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I wonder if his wife has any idea how much that collection could be worth. It is very possible that his collection is worth more than the house it is in at this point. He should get some professional help with selling it instead of going the garage sale route. Some of the items he has would bring a lot more money in a well advertised sports memorabilia auction. The good things about the auction route is that the buyer pays the auction commission, not the seller.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Since he mentioned the autographs are authenticated, I assume he’s not going to part with things like the Babe Ruth signed ball at a garage sale.

      • jarathen - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Just so long as no kid takes it to play stickball with some friends.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        What’s the big deal about a ball signed by some woman?

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      his wife will spend the money on make up and shoes anyway.

  11. fukpittsburgh - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    He’s not the only Yankees fan selling right now.

  12. 950003cups - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    That’s some crazy $hit!!! Steiner Sports doesn’t have that Yankee collection. Heck, nobody does!!!

  13. yashraba - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    That’s an awesome, dedicated fan right there…and a very tollerant wife. This is literally less than a mile from my house, I will have to stop by and check it out.

  14. yahmule - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    At one point, my friend had autographs from a huge percentage of everybody who ever played for the Denver Broncos. He slacked off after the back to back championships and quit sending out autograph requests completely several years ago. He also went from having one to five kids over that time frame.

    He struck up a conversation with one old timer from the bad old days of the expansion team. They wound up meeting for dinner. This guy was utterly shocked that anybody would send an autograph request to some fairly anonymous player on a terrible team 25 years after the fact. He explained the Broncos poor record in the early years by saying, “we were mostly just drunk all the time.”

  15. historiophiliac - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I need a wife like that.

    • Reflex - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      So…I’m already not enough for you…I see how it is…

      • historiophiliac - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        Well, I was trying to be open-minded, but when you put it like that…

        I’m sorry.

      • Reflex - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        Make it up to me? I’ll try to be ok with the life size Miggy poster…

      • historiophiliac - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        You’re a good wife. 😛

      • Reflex - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:47 AM

        I do my best! *tee hee*

  16. midjerseyfatcat - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I watched the video again and got light headed. He shouldn’t be selling this stuff at a garage sale but this collection should be sold at Christie’s in NYC. What if he had a fire and his collection got wiped out? What he has is worth millions and I’m sure he know it after TV shows like “Pawn Stars’ where they paid 30K for a Willie Mays minor league baseball jersey. This guy has tons of stuff and if he lets too many people in all at once he will get robbed. I wish the guy the best of luck with all his Yankee gear. He is lucky he has a very understanding wife too. Many of a kids entire college fund got thrown in the thrash when the wife or mother decided to clean out the attic and there went the Mickey Mantle rookie card too.

  17. stevequinn - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Wow! Now THAT’s a sports fan. I’d venture to say that collection is worth millions of dollars.

    • yahmule - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      IMO, now is not the best time to unload collectables. The primo stuff will sell in any market, but a lot of it probably would have fetched more money 15 years ago.

  18. jfk69 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Here is a man that knows what he likes. The longevity of his marriage is testament to that. Loyalty like that is hard to come by these days.

  19. jlee999 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    She hasn’t been in the basement for 8 years yet she still wants him to sell the stuff that obviously means a great deal to him. Why would she want to reduce his most enjoyable activities that likely keeps him out of the bars and off the streets at night?

    So what if the girls aren’t interested in the collection. What’s her point?

    Why do women want to control their guys so closely and try to ruin their pleasures in life?

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