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Joba Chamberlain's belongings, baseball history to be auctioned Saturday
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Joba Chamberlain's belongings, baseball history to be auctioned Saturday

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A south Lincoln auction Saturday will sell 249 Joba Chamberlain baseball cards, Joba Chamberlain bobbleheads and Joba Chamberlain locker room nameplates — including one from the 2009 World Series-winning New York Yankees.

And all of it belonged, until earlier this year, to Joba Chamberlain.

As did the 21 pairs of new Adidas athletic shoes, nine baseball gloves, six TVs, 24-bun hot dog bun steamer, Jägermeister shot machine, kettlebells and cookware, poker chips and popcorn machines — and hundreds of other items filling the 4,000 square feet of his former home.

Joba sale

The auction at Joba Chamberlain’s former house includes 21 pairs of unworn Adidas sneakers.

Through a trust, Chamberlain bought the house at 9101 S. 53rd St. for $1.15 million in 2014, when the Lincoln Northeast grad and former Husker pitcher was still a couple of seasons from the end of his 11-year major league career.

Pinnacle Bank filed a notice of default on the loan in October 2019, while Chamberlain still owed more than $900,000, according to county records. Pinnacle Bank took ownership of the two-bedroom, five-bathroom house in January and, the next month, went to court to force him to leave.

When he left, he left a full house.

The Auctioneers at Beatrice 77 Livestock declined to comment, but it’s planning a two-ring auction starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, according to its “sale of abandoned property” notice.

Joba sale

The auction bill lists hundreds of items, including rec room equipment such as a shuffleboard table, pool table and two electronic dart boards.

The auction bill lists hundreds of items — a Polaris Ranger UTV and two ATVs, dining and living room furniture, kitchenware and appliances, backpacks and board games, tools and stools — that could have been abandoned in any home.

But it also includes an inventory that reflects the career of its former owner. A Lincoln Northeast letter jacket, pennants from the 2005 College World Series, game-worn baseball caps, player passes, batting gloves and watches received as awards.

Joba sale

The sale includes game-worn caps from college and professional teams.

Chamberlain didn’t respond to messages left at two of his phone numbers, and Chamberlain’s, the bar he opened near 27th Street and Pine Lake Road two years ago, has closed, so it’s not clear why he left so much behind.

But The Auctioneers is advertising the sale as an absolute auction, so it means everything must go.

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