BY BOB HOLT
Baseball season is right around the corner, and in May a whole lot of vintage baseball memorabilia goes up for auction in Mahwah.
It’s all from a man convicted of selling stolen prescription drugs, and the auction is being run by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
NorthJersey.com reported that items to be sold at the auction include baseballs signed by Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Walter Johnson, Rogers Hornsby and Napoleon LaJoie, and another one autographed by Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider and Willie Mays.
According to network54.com, former Paterson pharmacy owner William Stracher owned the souvenirs. In 2007 Stracher was accused of stealing and reselling prescription drugs such as Lipitor, Nexium and Effexor XR. Stracher reportedly invested his money in the baseball memorabilia.
The auction will be held May 3 at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah. Items will be auctioned in 300 to 400 lots at 11 a.m. that day, with a preview at 9 a.m., according to NorthJersey.com. Fifty items with the top appraised value will be put into an online simulcast auction, according to Ron Caspert of the Englewood Cliffs company Caspert Auctioneers and Appraisers.
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli called on Drew Max, a handwriting analyst often featured on History Channel series Pawn Stars, to authenticate some of the memorabilia, according to NorthJersey.com. Items he couldn’t authenticate were destroyed.
Stracher was given two years probation after pleading guilty to distributing prescription drugs and money laundering, NorthJersey.com reports. Experts believe the auction of his baseball items could raise more than $100,000 for the Bergen County prosecutor’s seized assets fund.