Some great personal items from the collection of Rube Oldring. 1) There is a ring here and it has a baseball diamond design on the top but is so worn we do not know why it was given to Rube. It is stamped 14k inside and he obviously wore it and liked it, may have been for minor league play or managing/coaching. 2) His lucky horseshoe stick pin is 14K gold and had diamond chips in it but all but one were removed - a photo of him wearing this goes with the lot. 3) Pocketwatch by Wadsworth/Elgin is gold plated and comes with fob attached. 4) Pocket knife is gold in color with one broken blade inside. 5) Ornate set of cufflinks with one diamond in each. 6) Set of 14K gold cufflinks with "O" on both. 7) Another set of gold cufflinks have his initials "RNO" on each. Overall, the selection is in EX condition but for the stick pin, as the pin part has come off of the horseshoe.
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.