Some great personal effects from Philadelphia A's star Rube Oldring. 1) Leading the way is his metal Major League Lifetime Pass made by Lambert Bros; engraved with his name, has some tarnishing but overall EX. 2) National League lifetime pass is cardboard and VG. 3) 1921 Seattle BBC pass is Very Good. 4) Very rare 1912 Athletics BBC leather wallet presented by Bacardi & Co. to Rube for the 1912 trip to Cuba, has tears in leather. 5) 1914 Poor Richard club leather billfold has lots of wear. 6) 1918 Boiler Makers union ID card and other related receipts; Rube worked a regular job in the off-seasons. 7) Small pocket notebook has Rubes writings inside and appears to have been used while managing in the Minor Leagues in the 1920s. 8-9) Covers for passes; envelope has tears apparently from extensive use.
In Philadelphia, during the dead-ball era, Rube Oldring was a name known by all. He was a star player for the 1911 and 1913 World Champion Philadelphia Athletics. Both of those Championships are represented here in fine splendor. Even though he was never considered for the Baseball Hall of Fame, Oldring was a reliable and gritty player for Connie Mack’s A’s dynasty. After spending 14 years in the major leagues, Rube went on playing for and managing the Wilson team of the Virginia League to a Championship Pennant. Let us not forget that this is a time period when baseball players had to work during the winter months to provide for their families. Rube was no different as he worked long hours to provide and played as hard as humanly possible because he loved the game of baseball. After retirement from the game, he began farming for a living and spent his entire life in his native, Bridgeton, New Jersey. The relics and treasures presented here have remained in the Olding family until this day. This is the first family-authorized sale of any of the Oldring family’s belongings. Each lot will come with a letter from the family.